2019 Volvo XC60 Drivers’ Notes Review

The Volvo XC60 is one of the best-looking crossovers in this class. Inside and out, it exudes a premium feel that’s also slightly quirky. From the tiny Swedish flags fluttering from the seats to the Thor’s Hammer headlights, Volvo puts a lot of attention to detail in the design, and it’s rewarding for customers.

The 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder is enjoyable, though it seems like an overly complicated way to make 316 hp. It’s strong from stoplights and is quick during aggressive acceleration. The cabin, though attractive, is a bit of a mixed bag. I had no trouble installing a rear-facing car seat base in the middle of the second row, and there was a decent amount of room with the baby on board. Conversely, I’m liking the Sensus touchscreen infotainment system less as time wears on. A few years back, I was struck by its elegance. Now it just seems overdone and in need of some simplification for the controls.

The XC60 does allow you to lower the suspension for easier cargo access, which is nice, but you don’t need even that function in the lower-riding V60. That said, this is a great choice if you want/need that higher riding position.

Consumer Editor Jeremy Korzeniewski: We tend to think of today’s glut of crossovers as a bad thing, emblematic of a nation that’s given up on the notion of driving enjoyment and instead resigning itself to practicality above all else. The Volvo XC60 challenges that notion. It’s undeniably handsome inside and out, with a tasteful exterior opening up to an interior that’s luxurious without being ostentatious. And Sensus, Volvo’s in-house infotainment system, still suits me better than most of its competitors. I especially like the windowed Android Auto and Apple CarPlay approach that still leaves access to the rest of the infotainment system when a smartphone is connected and in use.

The Volvo XC60 is one of my favorite vehicles in the entry-level luxury crossover segment. I’d have to think long and hard about whether I should save some money and choose an Acura RDX, but I would pick the Volvo over the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 for sure.