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2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid SUV Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 7, 2020
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Swedish built and Chinese owned. Carrying these traits in its stride in a comfortable yet luxurious manner, Volvo has made itself known far and wide for its reliable and luxurious vehicles. From the stables of the Swedish comes the stunner, the new 2020 XC60, now as a plug-in hybrid. 

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Pros

Comfortably Spacious

Lots of Cargo Space

Noiseless Cabin

Many safety features as standard

The optional sound system is exalting

Typical Swedish Ingenuity

Stylish inside and outside

Fuel efficient and ergonomic

Touchscreen UI is easy (once you learn how to use it)

Cons

Touchscreen UI is glitchy

Inconsistent Power delivery

Some materials used are fragile

Not very engaging to drive

Interior storage is less

What's New?

Higher powered Polestar Engineered trim introduced

Increase in EV Range

12.3-inch Digital Driver display standard

Power Folding rear seat feature removed

Haptic Feedback added to Pilot Assist features


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$53950

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

120 cu.in.

horsepower

400 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

295 lbs.-ft. @ 2200 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Scalable Product Architecture

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

65.1/65.2

dimensions

wheelbase

112.8 in.

length

184.6 in.

width

78.7 in.

height

65.3 in.

curb weight

4638 lbs.

ground clearance

8.5 in.

capacity

cargo volume

63.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.4 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited


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Ratings

Features

10

Engine And Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

10

Safety

10

Final Verdict

8.9

9.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid SUV T8 Momentum

T8 Momentum

power
400 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$54,595


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T8 Momentum 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) Starting at $54,595 MSRP (22/24/29) 400 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-Speed Geartronic Automatic all wheel drive 5

2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid SUV T8 Inscription

T8 Inscription

power
400 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$61,295


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T8 Inscription 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) Starting at $61,295 MSRP (22/24/29) 400 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-Speed Geartronic Automatic all wheel drive 5

2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid SUV T8 R-Design

T8 R-Design

power
400 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$61,295


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T8 R-Design 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) Starting at $61,295 MSRP (22/24/29) 400 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-Speed Geartronic Automatic all wheel drive 5

2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid SUV T8 Polestar Engineered

T8 Polestar Engineered

power
415 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$69,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T8 Polestar Engineered 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) Starting at $69,500 MSRP (22/24/29) 415 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-Speed Geartronic Automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

9.3

Overall Rating


Launched back in 2010, a decade later, the 2020 Volvo XC60 Hybrid is all about the comfort and luxury of the standard crossover but with an eye out for the environment with an electric motor underneath to aid the performance whilst reducing the overall carbon footprint. The PHEV revolution is gripping every automaker in one way or another, and it was about time that Volvo made its debut.

With the surge in the entrants of PHEV crossovers, the most formidable contenders for the throne are the Audi Q5 PHEV, BMW X3 PHEV, and the Mercedes Benz GLC PHEV. After proving their mettle as standalone crossovers, each of them is vying for the glory. So, let’s find out which of the four goes down as the best one of today’s time.

2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in-hybrid SUV Front View
2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in-hybrid SUV Rear 3 Quarter View

10/10
Features

 

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

9.0/10
Interior

 

10/10
Exterior

 

10/10
Safety

 
 

8.9/10
Final Verdict

 

2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid SUV Features

10/10

Quite like the standard XC60, the PHEV is also offered in a choice of 4 trims, each of which has its own persona and brings out a very distinctive character from the same body. 

While the construction for the Momentum and Inscription trims are oriented towards luxury with a Dynamic Chassis, the R-Design and Polestar Engineered are the sportier trims with a Sports Chassis construction.
Right from the base Momentum trim, you get a cornucopia of features that will keep you busy even when you are at a standstill. The following is a brief overview of the features that come in each trim:

Model

Momentum

R-Design

Inscription

Polestar Engineered

MSRP (FWD)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

MSRP (AWD)

$54,595

$61,295

$61,295

$69,500

Key Features

12.3” Driver Dash Display and 9” Infotainment System with Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay/ Android Auto Integration

Adds/Upgrades to Momentum trim

Adds/Upgrades to R-Design trim

Adds/Upgrades to Inscription trim

 

10-speaker High-Performance Audio System

14-speaker Harman Kardon Premium Sound System

Inscription Grille and 3-Spoke Leather Steering Wheel w/Uni-deco Inlays

15-speaker Bowers and Wilkins Premium Sound System

 

Leather Wrapped Electrical Power Steering wheel with controls with Paddle Shifters

Park Assist Front and Rear

19" 10-Spoke Black Diamond-Cut Alloy Wheels

21" 5-Y Spoke Black CNC Machined Alloy Wheels

 

Rear Park Assist with Park Camera

R-Design Grille and R-Design Steering Wheel

Comfort Seat Padding with Leather Upholstery

Graphical HUD and Pilot Assist with Navigation

 

Dual Visible Tail Pipes W/Chrome Sleeves

Foglights in front, Cornering if LED Bending

Dynamic Chassis

Polestar Grille and Polestar Dual Integrated Tailpipes

 

Power Operated Tailgate

Dual Integrated Tail Pipes

 

Adaptive Cruise Control with 360-degree camera

 

LED Headlamps with Thor’s Hammer DRLs& Auto Highbeam

4-Zone Automatic Climate Control with CleanZone

 

Full-LED Active Bending Headlights with Thor’s Hammer DRLs & Auto Highbeam

 

Dual-Zone Automatic Climate control with CleanZone

Nappa leather, open grid textile upholstery with Sports Seat Padding

 

Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control with CleanZone

 

Cruise Control and Hill Descent Control

Passenger Seat Memory with 4-way power adjustable lumbar support

 

Leather Wrapped Heated Steering Wheel 

 

Collision Mitigation Support for front and rear, Lane Keeping Aid, Hill start assist

HomeLink, Blind Spot Information System, and Cross Traffic Alert

 

Heated Seats with Nappa leather, open grid textile upholstery, and Sport Seat Padding

 

SIPS Airbags, WHIPS Whiplash Protection System

19" 5-Double Spoke Matt Black Diamond-Cut Alloy Wheels

   
 

Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers with Heated Windshield Washer Nozzles

Sports Chassis

   
 

Leather Upholstery with Comfort Seat Padding

     
 

Dynamic Chassis

     

With Volvo, the option of splurging on the top-level trim is always there, but if you opt for a middle-tier or base trim, the opportunity of customization also opens up.

With the customization window open, you get to choose from the heaps of add-ons features that allow you to truly build the XC60 of your dreams which functions as a perfect extension of you.

The following are the basic packages that are available besides the general add-on features:

Package Name

Multimedia Package

Premium Package

Luxury Package

Advanced Package

Protection Premier Package

Price

$1,850

$2,150

$2,200

$2,500

$605

Features

Sensus Navigation

Keyless Entry with Handsfree Tailgate Opening

Front Seat Power Cushion Extensions

Pilot Assist - Driver Assistance System w/ Adaptive Cruise Control

Rubber Floor Mats (Accessory)

 

Harman Kardon Premium Sound

Automatically Dimmed Exterior Mirrors

Passenger Seat Memory

Graphical Head-Up Display (HUD)

Cargo Mat (Accessory)

   

Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Steer Assist & Cross Traffic Alert with Autobrake

Front Seats 4-Way Power Lumbar Support

Full LED Headlights with Active Bending Lights (ABL)

Wheel Locks (Accessory)

   

Power Folding Headrests

 

360º Surround View Camera

Stainless Steel Bumper Cover (Accessory)

   

Compass in Rear View Mirror

 

Headlight High-Pressure Cleaning

License Frame (Accessory)

   

Retractable Side View Mirrors

     
   

HomeLink™ Garage Door Transmitter

     
   

Front & Rear Park Assist

     

Varying on the basis of functionality, every package finds its own niche of pickers that can add its own specific level of persona to an already stellar vehicle, which is the Volvo XC60. 

Which trim is the best?

Though all the trims of the XC60 seem bang for the buck, it is the Inscription trim that seems to be the most logical winner here. It stands as the symbol for luxury and practicality, along with a taste for style. Pick up the Protection Premier package and the Advanced Package to make it a wholesome ride which still costs lesser than the top trim. 

2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid SUV Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The biggest change that comes in a PHEV is under the hood. While the 2.0L twin-charged 4-cylinder pot is the permanent resident, it shares the room with an electric motor that pumps up the performance to a cumulative of 400hp (315hp from the engine and 75hp from the motor) and a total of 472 lb-ft of torque. The Polestar Engineered trim takes things further with a bump to 415hp and 494 lb-ft of torque by tuning the same engine for performance.
The power from the engine is delivered to all the wheels as the addition of an electric drive converts the Volvo XC60 into an all-wheel-drive vehicle in essentiality.

Models

Volvo XC60 PHEV T8 Momentum

Audi Q5 PHEV 55 Prestige TFSI

BMW X3 PHEV xDrive30e

Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e PHEV

MSRP

$54,595

$52,900

$48,550

$51,645

Engine

2.0L 4-cylinder Twincharger gas/electric hybrid

2.0-liter TFSI Inline-4 plus 14.1kWh battery

2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo gas/electric hybrid

2.0-liter 4-cylinder gas/electric hybrid

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

7-Speed S-Tronic dual-clutch automatic

8-speed automatic

9G-TRONIC automatic

Power (hp)

400

349

292 

315

Torque (lb-ft)

472

369

310

516

Compared to the others, the Swedish fighter XC60 manages to fend off all attacks quite comfortably and claim the throne with its power figures. Only the Mercedes Benz GLC PHEV comes close in terms of torque which stands at 516 lb-ft. The closest competitor in terms of power is the Audi Q5 PHEV with 349hp. The competitor that seems most out of depth here is the X3 PHEV which languishes behind in a league of its own.

The powerhouses of all trims are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission assembly that is responsible for keeping things in check. The transmission system functions quite fluidly as long as it remains in automatic mode but as soon as you take things in your hands via the paddle shifters, you might end up wanting for more as it is much more accustomed to a smooth sailing drive.

How fast can the Volvo XC60 Hybrid go?

The standard XC60 is quite the player and the upgrade to a PHEV only enhances the kind of performance that it can put forth. The power surge from the electric drive comes into play almost instantaneously when you press the pedal. 

2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in-Hybrid can complete 0-60 MPH in Just 5.0 sec

You might feel like you have been thrust back into the seat as the electric motor and the engine work in tandem to put on a great show. The Volvo XC60 PHEV can do the 0-60mph run in just 5 seconds, which is a considerable feat for the hefty crossover. This is also faster than the standard XC60 which posts a time of 6.1sec for completing the 0-60mph run.

Models

Volvo XC60 PHEV T8 Momentum

Audi Q5 PHEV 55 Prestige TFSI

BMW X3 PHEV xDrive30e

Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e PHEV

0-60 MPH (sec)

5.0

5.0

6.3

5.6

Quarter Mile (sec)

13.6

N/A

N/A

N/A

Top Speed (MPH)

143

130

130

130

Engine

2.0L 4-cylinder Twincharger gas/electric hybrid

2.0-liter TFSI Inline-4 plus 14.1kWh battery

2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo gas/electric hybrid

2.0-liter 4-cylinder gas/electric hybrid

Emissions (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

In comparison to others, the Volvo ties with the Audi at the top spot with the fastest time. Volvo has also given the highest top speed to the XC60 PHEV at 143mph, as compared to the others all of which tap out at 130mph.

The slowest of the lot is the Bimmer which is to be expected since it is the most underpowered and the newest entrant along with the latest iteration of the Merc PHEV.

What is the regenerative braking system in the XC60 Hybrid?

Since the XC60 is a PHEV, regenerative braking comes as standard. What is regenerative you will ask (as if the heading was not enough). Regenerative braking is a technology that truly utilizes each and every aspect of the energy being produced by the vehicle during braking and uses it to charge the battery pack.

2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in-Hybrid features Regenerative Braking

So, when the brakes are applied, heat (energy) is produced due to the clasping of the brake pads to the disc. This energy is recaptured and used for charging the battery while the braking action is being performed. This also comes into play when you release the throttle pedal. So essentially, you are charging the vehicle even when you are using it (pretty smooth ain’t it)

Models

Volvo XC60 PHEV T8 Momentum

Audi Q5 PHEV 55 Prestige TFSI

BMW X3 PHEV xDrive30e

Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e PHEV

Brake Rotors Front (in)

13.6

13.3

13

14.2

Brake Rotors Rear (in)

12.6

13

13

12.6

Curb Weight (lbs)

4638

4685

4586

4555

60-0 MPH (ft)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

When talking about the competition, the rotor size of the XC60 PHEV remains pretty adequate to suffice for the braking acumen of the crossover of its size. While the official data about the braking of any PHEV is not available if the data of the standard crossovers are to be considered, then the Volvo should be among the top performers, coming in just second to the Audi.

The brake pedal is quite confident and even under immense duress, the brakes manage to perform quite admirably. Nosedive is kept to a minimum and the occupants will not feel any discomfort. 

How is the handling of the Volvo PHEV?

The looks of the XC60 do not do justice to the actual driving demeanor of the ride. While it may seem like another straightforward luxury driver, it is certainly not the case. Putting its best foot forward, the electric motor immediately provides the requisite amount of torque and power right from the beginning. 

On the cusp of being sporty, the ride remains very charismatic at all times. Comfortable and smooth drive on the highways and in the city alike, the dynamic chassis does a marvelous job in utilizing all the nitty-gritty details of the suspension system to the fullest and putting it to the right use at precisely the right moment. 

2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in-Hybrid remains well planted in corners

Enter the corner and you can easily come out acing it thanks to the superbly refined suspension system. Bumps and potholes are also a thing of the past since none of those ever reach inside the cabin. The steering wheel also offers an adequate amount of response to help in understanding the Volvo that much better.

While the R-Design and Polestar trims are the sporty trims and they have been designed to emit that behavior more than luxury, the overall ride of the other trims remains quite serene and pillowy. This is one department that will definitely put a smile on your face.

2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid SUV Fuel Economy

8.0/10

Buying a luxury vehicle of the stature like the Volvo XC60, the fuel economy will have to take the back seat as the driver experience and opulence take the front stage.

2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in-Hybrid features an Electric charge plug alongside the fuel tank

That being said, the Volvo manages to remain one of the most fuel-efficient crossovers in the segment. As a hybrid, the pure electric range stands at 58 miles.

Models

Volvo XC60 PHEV T8 Momentum

Audi Q5 PHEV 55 Prestige TFSI

BMW X3 PHEV xDrive30e

Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e PHEV

MPG (City)

19

22

24

22

MPG (Highway)

27

28

29

27

MPG (Combined)

26

27

26

24

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

18.5

15.3

17.2

13.2

Range

(City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)

351.5/499.5/481

336.6/428.4/413.1

412.8/498.8/447.2

290.4/356.4/316.8

Pure Electric Range

58

65

34

30

Packing the biggest fuel tank with a capacity of 18.5 gallons, and a fuel economy second only to the Audi in both respects (gas and electric), the XC60 hybrid manages to set the precedent for the other contenders.

Volvo has made some very remarkable changes to the XC60 hybrid to help to retain the same trust that people have bestowed on the standard model and this reflects in each aspect of the 2020 XC60 hybrid. 

2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid SUV Interior

9.0/10

Opening the door to get inside the Volvo XC60 Hybrid is like opening the gates to an entire room of grandiosity. The sheer attention to detail that has been paid to the entire build of the interior is distinctive. 

As you enter inside, the Inscription design steering wheel along with the simplistic and elegant design of the interior will steal the show. The leather upholstery feels quite comfortable to the skin and does not heat up even when you have parked it in direct sunlight. The materials used are all great, but in some places, it seems flimsy. There is no over-usage of buttons in the entirety of the build and the 9-inch touchscreen infotainment panel controls most of the in-vehicular functions.

2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in Hybrid cabin is roomy and comfortable

The steering wheel has all the controls for the basic functions. The feel of the steering wheel is pretty smooth yet is comfortable and grippy enough to not slide off of your hands in general usage. There are 4 A/C vents in total, out of which 2 are at both ends of the dash, while 2 are at each side of the touchscreen panel. The shifter is also leather-wrapped and is accompanied by the drive mode selector, and most importantly, the vehicle starter button. Besides this is a long wooden inlaid panel that can double back as a space to put your phone and car keys while driving.

Models

Volvo XC60 PHEV T8 Momentum

Audi Q5 PHEV 55 Prestige TFSI

BMW X3 PHEV xDrive30e

Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e PHEV

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

First Row(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.0/58.2/41.5

41.7/57.7/41

41.1/57.6/40.3

41.9/57.3/40.8

Second Row(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.0/56.3/38.0

39.3/56.5/37.8

39.1/56/36.4

38.5/56.5/37.3

Compared to the others, the XC60 Hybrid does seem like it is on the shorter side, but numbers do not tell the real story as it has ample space for seating adults very comfortably in both rows.

The central console extends to the rear where the A/C is present for the rear cabin with climate control settings. Besides these, there is a long list of features that you will find in the 2020 Volvo XC60 Hybrid,

The following are some of those:

  • 2-Zone Automatic Climate Control with CleanZone
  • Tinted windows, rear side doors, and cargo area
  • Panoramic Roof w/ Power Sunshade
  • Heated and Ventilated front seats with Comfort Seat Padding
  • Power Front Seats w/ Driver and Passenger Seat Memory
  • 4-way power-adjustable lumbar support
  • Electric Folding Rear Headrests (Outer Positions)
  • Illuminated Mirrors in Sun Visors
  • Interior illumination high level

Besides these, there are also many features that are packed in all that compact size, and to find that out, head on to our dedicated review for the interiors.

How do I play videos on my Volvo XC60?

To keep you entertained during your drive, the XC60 comes with a full touchscreen infotainment system that is capable of handling all that you can throw at it, in almost all conditions. The system needs some time to get used to, but once you manage to wade through the various menus, and understand how it works, it will seem like a breeze to operate. The following features are available in the system:

2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in Hybrid features a 9-inch Infotainment Screen
  • 12.3-inch Digital Driver Display
  • 9-inch Touchscreen Infotainment Screen
  • 14-speaker Harman Kardon Premium Sound System
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Integration
  • Bluetooth and Voice Control
  • 12V Power Outlet in Luggage Area
  • 2 USB connections (+1 AUX up to 17w16)

You can also add some features in the system if you do not find these up to your standards. One of the most notable upgrades that you can do is to the sound system and opt for the Bowers and Wilkins 15-speaker setup that will convert the Scandinavian beauty into a virtual discotheque. 

How much Cargo Space does the XC60 PHEV have?

Since its an SUV, you can rest assured that Volvo has stuffed the XC60 with ample space in the back. The XC60, even as the PHEV has surprisingly the largest volume out of all cars. The brand has utilized the space below the rear seats to fit the battery pack and this allows for the space in the back. 

2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in-Hybrid has a Cargo Space of 29.7 cu-ft.

That being said, you might find it a bit of a struggle to find a lot of usable space for storing stuff in the car besides the space behind the rear seats. The door pockets are quite trifling and are more for show than actual usage.

Models

Volvo XC60 PHEV T8 Momentum

Audi Q5 PHEV 55 Prestige TFSI

BMW X3 PHEV xDrive30e

Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e PHEV

Cargo Capacity (ft3)

29.7

25.1

15.9

19.4

The BMW X3 has the smallest cargo space among the small-size crossovers, and yet again, the Volvo rushes to the pole position. With this amount of space, carrying all supplies for the weekend trip with your family and all of their luggage seems like a piece of cake.
Additionally, if you think that space is falling short, then the rear seat drops down to reveal a total of 62 cubic feet of storage space.

Open up the center armrest in the front, and you will find the space for holding a bottle along with the space for keeping your phone. The rear central armrest doubles up as the fifth seat as well. Open that up, and a small space to hold a cup, or your phone will make an appearance. 

2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in-hybrid SUV Seats
2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in-hybrid SUV Seats
2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in-hybrid SUV Rear Seats
2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in-hybrid SUV Rear Seats
2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in-hybrid SUV Center Console
2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in-hybrid SUV Center Console
2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in-hybrid SUV Drive Mode Selection
2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in-hybrid SUV Drive Mode Selection
2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in-hybrid SUV Speaker Closeup
2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in-hybrid SUV Speaker Closeup
2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in-hybrid SUV Seat Controls
2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in-hybrid SUV Seat Controls

2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid SUV Exterior

10/10

Ever since the reigns of Volvo went to Geely Holdings, the brand’s design language has changed drastically. From mundane everyday vehicles, they have gone to the extent of future-proofing the design so that it stays relevant in the years to come. 

2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in-Hybrid exudes confidence with its modern design

The Thor’s Hammer (Mjolnir) DRL grants an edginess in an overall luxurious stance of the Volvo. As you move up the trim table, the grille design changes correspondingly. It adapts to the luxury or sporty design language that a particular design is made to portray. If you choose the Inscription trim, the grille design is particularly majestic and grants a certain level of “expensive Mafia” look to the sensible crossover. 

Models

Volvo XC60 PHEV T8 Momentum

Audi Q5 PHEV 55 Prestige TFSI

BMW X3 PHEV xDrive30e

Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e PHEV

Curb Weight (lbs)

4638

4685

4586

4555

Length (in)

184.6

184.4

185.9

183.3

Width (in)

78.7

74.5 (w/o mirrors)

74.4

74.4 (w/o mirrors)

Height (in)

65.3

65.3

66.0

65.5

Ground Clearance (in)

8.5

8.0

8.0

5.9

Wheelbase (in)

112.8

111

112.8

113.1

In terms of competitors, the Volvo XC60 Hybrid is slightly heavier. That can be attributed to the overall size that the car has. While the length is pretty close to the others, it is considerably wider. 

Thanks to the large 19-inch wheels, the 2020 XC60 also rides the highest up from the road at a ground clearance of 8.5 inches which is great as it allows you to tread on most surfaces with ease. The wheel size can also be bumped up to 20-inch or 22-inch if you want, but that upgrade will make the ride considerably stiffer. 

There are also some standout features in the vehicle’s exterior if you opt for the Inscription trim.

The following are those features:

  • Heated Windshield Washer Nozzles
  • Power Operated Tailgate
  • Inscription Grille
  • Bright decor side windows
  • Color Coordinated Rear View Mirror Caps
  • Retractable Rear View Mirrors
  • LED Headlights w/ Thor’s Hammer Daytime Running Lights & Auto Highbeam
  • Adaptive Bending Headlights (optional)

While most of these features remain constant in all trims, there are some features that are unique to the Inscription trim and can be picked up only as add-ons in the lower trims. The panoramic sunroof remains standard in all trims of the XC60 Hybrid which allows the ambiance of the entire car to feel attuned to the exterior and helps in enhancing the feeling of connection with nature, which is essentially what the Hybrid is aiming to achieve. A connection with the environment.

2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in-hybrid SUV Side View
2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in-hybrid SUV Side View
2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in-hybrid SUV Side View
2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in-hybrid SUV Side View
2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in-hybrid SUV Rear View
2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in-hybrid SUV Rear View
2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in-hybrid SUV Top View
2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in-hybrid SUV Top View
2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in-hybrid SUV Side View
2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in-hybrid SUV Side View
2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in-hybrid SUV Headlight
2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in-hybrid SUV Headlight

2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid SUV Safety

10/10

Volvo is not a brand that needs to establish itself in the field of safety. These cars are designed to be pretty safe and withstand the test of time, elements, and external forces alike. The Volvo XC60 Hybrid may not be a tank but is adequately strong to keep the passengers when it comes to it. 

2020 Volvo XC60 standard has been tested by the IIHS and has an Overall GOOD rating

The chassis is made from an amalgamation of various types of steel and then reinforced with aluminum in dedicated crumple zones. This allows the frame to remain light and yet be robust.

  • Park Assist for front and Rear
  • Park Assist Camera
  • Anti-Theft and Vandalism Alarm
  • HomeLink
  • Power Locking with Child locks
  • Collision Mitigation Support, front, and rear
  • Lane Keeping Aid
  • Blind Spot Information System and Cross Traffic Alert
  • Front and Rear Collision Mitigation support
  • Hill-start assist with Hill Descent Control
  • Rain sensor
  • Driver and Passengers Airbags with driver side Knee airbag
  • SIPS Airbags
  • Inflatable Curtains
  • WHIPS Whiplash Protection System
  • Isofix - outer position rear seat
  • High positioned rear brake lights
  • Volvo On Call w/Smartphone Integration
  • Indirect TPMS, US Algorithm

The Volvo City Safe System is also available as an add-on wherein it provides steering effort to make sure you stay in your own lane if it detects you are drifting off lane. Also, the Advanced Package (add-on) can add some further functionality that can improve the safety quotient of the vehicle. 

2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid SUV Competition

The following are the competitors for the throne of the hybrid luxury compact crossovers.

2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in-hybrid SUV vs Audi Q5 Plug-In Hybrid

Coming from the stable of the German giant, the Audi Q5 PHEV serves as the worthy competitor for the Volvo XC60 Hybrid with the same kind of performance and utilitarian attitude. The design language is quite progressive, while the Audi Cockpit steals the show inside. It does take a small hit in dimensions and in cargo space, but that is not something that makes its case weak. Being priced lucratively in comparison to the Volvo it manages to impress quite easily.

2020 Audi Q5 Plug-In Hybrid

2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in-hybrid SUV vs BMW X3 Plug-In Hybrid

The most driver centric automaker also has their contender in the segment. The X3 PHEV feels underpowered and marks the first outing of the crossover as a hybrid. That being said, the ride has the same kind of reliability like the standard X3 but needs a lot more refining in terms of performance. The X3 struggles to keep up with the others and also has the least amount of cargo space. Pricing it lower than the others does help to soften the blow, but this is something of a compromise in comparison to the XC60 Hybrid.

2020 BMW X3 Plug-In Hybrid

2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in-hybrid SUV vs Mercedes Benz GLC Plug-In Hybrid

With every brand jumping in, it was about time that the original automaker entered the race with the Mercedes Benz GLC PHEV. The 2020 GLC Hybrid is the successor to the 2019 model and sports an updated fascia along with updated powertrain to give out better performance. Luxury and Reliability are the traits that have always walked hand-in-hand with the brand, and the GLC Hybrid is not going to be an exception. It has a decent cargo space and cabin room, along with being priced lower than the Volvo. Let’s wait and watch what the future holds for the Merc, but as the past suggests, it surely won’t be a second tier title.

2020 Mercedes Benz GLC Plug-In Hybrid

2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid SUV Final Verdict

8.9/10

Packing a significantly powerful punch and landing it in the right spot at the right time is something that a lot of brands can learn from Volvo.
With the 2020 Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid, the brand has made a ride, that not only has the will but also the means to go the distance. The drive remains immaculate and so does the overall usability of the vehicle.

The best part is that the XC60 hybrid does all this and more without causing a lot of harm to the environment which makes an absolutely complete package deal. So, if you plan to buy it, then you sure won’t be disappointed. 

2020 Volvo XC60 Overall Reviews


Jeffrey J. Hogan

Jeffrey J. Hogan 2020 Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid SUV T8 Momentum 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: June 8, 2020

It is a good SUV but not worth the price

Overall Review -

8

Overview Rating

If they lowered price a little then it is the best vehicle you should buy

8/10

Features

9/10

Interior

9/10

Design

9/10

Safety

9/10

Reliability

7/10

Deal Value

10/10

Dealer Review

Top User Reviews


8

User Overall Rating

"It is a good SUV but not worth the price"

It is a joy to drive such a great SUV. It is very comfortable, the power is adequate, and it doesn’t feel like you are driving a big vehicle. It feels like a car.
by Jeffrey J. Hogan