Flash Drive

2018 Volvo XC60

Model Tested: 2018 Volvo XC60 T8 E-AWD Inscription

The new Volvo XC60 is as handsome as it is safe and functional.

Engine: 2.0-liter supercharged and turbocharged I-4 plus electric motor, 400 horsepower 472 lb-ft torque (combined)

Transmission: 8-speed automatic, all-wheel-drive

EPA Rating: 26-mpg combined/59 MPGe combined

Base Price: $52,900

As Tested: $71,590


Powerful engine, great acceleration

Smooth, pleasant highway ride

Very capable in poor driving conditions

The new Volvo XC60 styling is sharp in all trim levels. The power tailgate can be operated hands-free.
The new Volvo XC60 – T8 powertrain works seamlessly, but it does have a tall center tunnel.

Powerful brakes

Wide range of drive modes: Hybrid (default), Pure (electric priority), Power, AWD, Off Road (below 12 mph), and Individual (driver tailored)

Great head up display

Tremendous safety features including automatic braking, oncoming lane mitigation, lane keeping, driver alert control, blind spot monitor, pedestrian/large animal collision mitigation, and run-off road mitigation


Outstanding front seats with thigh support

10-way power driver’s seat with massage feature

The new Volvo XC60 interior is both comfortable and luxurious, especially the front seating area with the Inscription trim level.

Power lumbar support

Heated and ventilated front seats

Soft headrests

Panoramic moonroof greatly brightens interior

Very thick, heated, contoured steering wheel

Great front seat legroom

Less room for second row, but acceptable

Comfy rear seats

Heated rear seats (3 temp choices)

Wide, folding rear armrest

Rear seating is for three passengers, but best for two.

Tall rear seat floor tunnel


Hands-free, height-adjustable, power tailgate

Door handle illumination

Large locking glovebox with cooled compartment

Small rear door bins

Power folding second row seats fold almost flat

Flat cargo deck

Extra storage under deck

WOW Factors:

The new Volvo XC60 panoramic moonroof extends almost the full length of the roof and greatly lightens the interior.

Superb seats

Great panoramic roof extends behind rear seats

Cooled glovebox

Impressive (but expensive) Bowers & Wilkins audio

Crisp, handsome styling

Very luxurious interior


Almost 20K in options including a $3200 stereo

Flimsy seatback cargo nets

Bottom Line:

The 2018 Volvo XC60 T8 E-AWD Inscription is as loaded with great features as its lengthy name implies. The XC60 hybrid is an impressive blend of safety, technology, style, and luxury. An extensive and expensive option list puts the Volvo on equal ground with established luxury SUVs like Mercedes and BMW.