Volvo XC60
(2009 - 2017)

  • Beautiful styling, inside and out
  • Excellent ride and handling
  • Genuine levels of practicality
  • Superb levels of safety
  • Mechanical and electronic faults likely
  • Parts and labor costs can become expensive
  • Diesel engines beginning to have  issues
  • Tech is starting to feel its age
Overview

As a stylish Scandinavian alternative to the German trio of Mercedes, BMW, and Audi, the first-generation Volvo XC60 introduced a new style for the 60 series models.

Based on Volvo’s P3 platform, the XC60 shares technology with the Land Rover Freelander of 2007 and borrows mechanical components from then Volvo owner Ford, and while much of the engineering and tuning of the XC60 was done by Volvo in Sweden, its off-road capabilities were developed by Land Rover in England.

The actual manufacturing of XC60s took place in Belgium, China, and Malaysia and the model received various mechanical, equipment, and aesthetic updates right through its lifecycle, most notably in 2013.

The 2013 updated XC60 models are easily identified by a refreshed front-end styling with new headlights, bumpers and grille designs, new alloy wheels, and fully colour-coordinated body panels.

New upholstery colours, wood inlays, headliners, and metal highlights set the interiors apart from pre-facelift examples.

2013 also saw the XC60 receive three new technologies added to the options list: active high beam, which automatically switches between high beam and low beam accordingly; road sign information, which displays detected speed limits and other selected road sign information in the instrument panel; and automatic headlights.

The 2013 update also saw the XC60’s collision warning/pedestrian detection camera system enhanced and improved.

While the XC60 is undoubtedly a stylish contender to fill your medium-sized luxury crossover SUV needs, do we recommend actually purchasing one? Read on.

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What goes wrong
  • Pre-facelift XC60 headlights are susceptible to cracking easily and can fade
  • The third (centre) brake light can crack
  • Pre-facelift (and occasional post-facelift) front and rear bars and body cladding can come loose
  • Early XC60s have reports of the windscreens leaking
  • Sunroof-equipped XC60s can suffer from water drainage issues in and around the a-pillar water channels. The join within the a-pillar can come loose and water can drain down the inside of the dashboard and into the footwell area, potentially soaking fuses and electronics. This can result in catastrophic electronic failures
  • Water can also build up in the roof towards the control unit for the sunroof itself, potentially destroying the electronics surrounding the controls of the sunroof, interior lighting, and Bluetooth connectivity. Also related to this drainage issue, water can build up in the recesses of the floor under the carpet, requiring extensive cleaning or a replacement of all carpets and insulation
  • Heater fans can squeal, requiring special tooling and removal of much of the dashboard to gain access to the problem components. The labour required to remedy this can be extensive
  • A software malfunction on the engine fan control module can cause air-conditioning performance to be reduced and the coolant temperature to increase. In extreme cases, this can cause the engine to fail
  • There have also been issues with fuel leaks on some models. It has been identified that the fuel rail beneath the vehicle that protects the fuel line might not be properly attached in some cases, thereby exposing the fuel lines to possible damage
  • A number of XC60s have been known to have power steering issues. The joint between the power steering high-pressure line and the steering gear might not have been assembled correctly. This could result in fluid leaking and a sudden loss of powered assistance
  • 2010 models have multiple reports of fuel pump failures
  • 2015 XC60s have reportedly had engine issues like coolant leaking into the transmission, as well as interior accessory defects
  • Alternator sprocket bolts can come loose across the range
  • Seat belt release buttons can fail or jam requiring new seat belt holsters
  • Petrol-engined XC60s can suffer from breather system issues
  • Engine bay plastics are beginning to wear, become brittle and fail
  • Engine mount issues
  • Multiple reports of oil and fluid leaks
  • Inlet manifolds can become clogged on diesel-engined models
Model range, pricing and features

T5 (2009- 2017), T5 Kinetic (2013 - 2016), T5 Teknik (2012 -

  • Price when new: $54,150 - $63,990
  • Price used: $10,000 - $50,000

Replacing the LE as the base model XC60 in 2011, the XC60 T5 featured Volvo’s vast array of safety technology and a good level of equipment.

The T5 brought with it a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, direct-injection petrol engine powering the front wheels, with the only other mechanical update (aside from the R Design) being a swap from a six-speed sports automatic dual clutch to a eight-speed sports automatic transmission in 2015.

The 2011 update brought with it a number of changes within the cabin brought the XC60 closer to the S60 sedan range in terms of specification and design, while the centre stack featured new infotainment modules.

The T5 range was also available in a number of sub-variants and trim specifications.

Standard T5 features:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Child boosters built into the rear seats
  • Six airbags
  • Anti-Lock braking
  • Automatic air con / climate control
  • Brake assist
  • Cruise control
  • Central locking remote control
  • Dynamic Stability Control
  • Electronic Brake Force Distribution
  • Front fog lights
  • Hill descent control
  • Engine immobiliser
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Leather upholstery
  • Rear parking distance control
  • Power front drivers seat
  • Power tailgate
  • Power windows
  • Radio CD with 8 speakers
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Reversing camera
  • Trip computer
  • Traction Control System
  • Drive assist pack (Optional)
  • Teknik Pack (Optional until 2012)
  • Blind Spot Information System (Teknik)
  • Satellite navigation (Teknik)
  • Voice control for phone and navigation (Teknik)
  • Active bending lights (Teknik)
  • Premium sound (Optional)
  • Personal car communicator (Optional)
  • Metallic paint (Optional)
  • Interior air quality system (Optional)
  • Clean zone interior package (Optional)
  • LED daytime running lights (From 2013)
  • Adaptive digital instrument cluster display with Elegance, Eco and Performance modes (From 2013)
  • 7-inch colour screen (From 2013)
  • USB input (From 2013)
  • Bluetooth phone and audio streaming (From 2013)
  • Illuminated gearshift (From 2013)
  • Revised rear badges (From 2013)
  • 20-inch Avior alloy wheels (Optional from 2013)
  • R-Design variants receive Polestar-optimised engine tunes (From 2013)
  • Standard safety package includes City Safety automatic braking, which operates at speeds up to 50km/h (up from 30km/h) (From 2013)
  • Satellite navigation (option for Kinetic from 2013)
  • Heated front seats (option for Kinetic from 2013)
  • Panoramic sunroof (option for Kinetic from 2013)
  • Blind spot information system and cross traffic alert (option for Kinetic from 2013)
  • Driver alert system with lane departure warning (option for Kinetic from 2013)
  • Lane keeping aid (option for Kinetic from 2013)
  • Active high beam control (option for Kinetic from 2013)
  • Forward collision warning and road sign information (option for Kinetic from 2013)
  • Adaptive cruise control with full auto brake (option for Kinetic from 2013)
  • Front parking sensors (option for Kinetic from 2013)
  • Auto-dimming side mirrors (option for Kinetic from 2013)
  • Subwoofer (option for Kinetic from 2013)
  • 18-inch alloys (Luxury from 2013)
  • Active bending headlights (Luxury from 2013)
  • Keyless entry (Luxury from 2013)
  • Sat nav (Luxury from 2013)
  • Digital compass in the rear-view mirror (Luxury from 2013)
  • Electrically adjustable passenger seat (Luxury from 2013)
  • Leather-covered instrument panel (Luxury from 2013)
  • Metal steering wheel inlays (Luxury from 2013)
  • Vehicle alarm (Luxury from 2013)
  • 19-inch alloy wheels (Luxury from 2015)
  • Luxury and R-Design models available with Driver Support Package – including blind spot information system and cross-traffic alert; driver alert system with lane departure warning, lane keeping aid, active high beam control, forward collision warning and road sign information; adaptive cruise control with full auto brake; front parking sensors; and auto-dimming side mirrors.
  • Sat-nav with voice control (From 2016 for Luxury and R-Design variants)
  • Active bi-xenon headlights (From 2016 for Luxury and R-Design variants)
  • Electric Front Seats with driver’s Memory (R-Design)
  • GPS satellite navigation (R-Design)
  • Active-bending Xenon headlights (R-Design)
  • Clean Zone Interior (R-Design)
  • Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert (R-Design)
  • 20-inch ‘Ixion’ Alloy Wheels with Tyre Pressure Monitoring (R-Design from 2015)
  • Keyless Entry & Start with Volvo Guard Alarm (R-Design)
  • Gearshift Paddles (R-Design)
  • High Performance Sound System with integrated iPod & Bluetooth (R-Design)
  • Volvo’s City Safety Technology (R-Design)
  • R-Design Leather Seats (R-Design)
  • All Seasons Pack comprising of privacy glass window tint, panoramic glass sunroof and heated front seats (Option for R-Design)
  • Driver Support Package, comprising of Driver Alert System includes Lane Departure Warning, Active High Beam Control, Forward Collision Warning and Road Sign Information and Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake, including Queue Assist with Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection (Option for R-Design)

3.2 (2009 - 2013) 3.2 Teknik (2012 - 2010)

  • Price when new: $56,950 - $64,990
  • Price used: $10,500 - $25,000

In terms of equipment and features, the 3.2 and 3.2 Teknik are all-wheel drive, naturally-aspirated 3.2-litre six-cylinder-engined versions of the T5.

3.2 and 3.2 Teknik adds:

  • See T5 equipement

D4 (2012 - 2016), D4 Teknik (2013 - 2014), D4 Kinetic (2014

  • Price when new: $55,765 - $64,990
  • Price used: $15,000 - $40,000

The D4 added a second diesel option to the XC60 range, positioned below the existing D5. The XC60 D4 followed in the footsteps of the entry-level T5 petrol, providing buyers with another front-wheel-drive option.

The D4 is powered by a 2.0-liter five-cylinder turbocharged diesel unit producing 120kW and 400Nm however the D4 traded its single-turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine for a detuned version of the larger twin-turbocharged 2.4-liter five-cylinder diesel from the D5 for the 2016 model year.

Unlike the old front-drive D4, the updated 2016 D4 Kinetic became all-wheel drive, with power distributed to its corners via a six-speed automatic transmission rather than the previous eight-speed automatic.

Meanwhile, the features and levels of equipment matched the T5 from 2013 to 2016.

D4 and D4 Teknik adds:

  • Front parking sensors (Standard for D4 Kinetic from 2016)
  • Electric passenger seat (Standard for D4 Kinetic from 2016)
  • Interior air quality system (Standard for D4 Kinetic from 2016)
  • Driver Support Package, which adds blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, driver alert system, adaptive cruise control with full auto brake, and auto-dimming rear-view mirror and side mirrors (Optional for D4 Kinetic from 2016)

D5 (2009-2016), D5 Teknik (2012 - 2013), D5 R Design (2011 -

  • Price when new: $57,950 - $73,990
  • Price used: $10,000 - $40,000

Offered with a 2.4-litre, 5-cylinder, twin-turbo D5 engine powering all four wheels, the D5 matches the T5 for features and equipment while the D5 R Design matches the T6 R Design for levels of added kit.

The only mechanical upgrade during the lifecycle to the D5 was a tweak to the D5 engine providing a touch more power and better efficiency in 2012 and again in 2013.

D5 and D5 Teknik adds:

  • For D5, D5 Teknik, and D5 Luxury, see T5 features
  • For D5 R Design features, see T6 R-Design features

T6 (2009 - 2016), T6 Teknik (2011 - 2013), T6 R Design (2010

  • Price when new: $64,950 - $78,990
  • Price used: $12,000 - $55,000

Topping the XC60 petrol range, the T6 is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-litre, inline six sending its substantial thrust through all four wheels via originally a 6-speed automatic and then as of 2016, an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Much like the T5 range, the T6, T6 Teknik, T6 Luxury, and T6 R Design follow the same pattern of extra equipment and features, however, the T6 R Design turns up the volume, eventually featuring the full range of what the XC60 can offer.

T6 and T6 Teknik adds:

  • Interior Air Quality System
  • Laminated side windows
  • Power-operated tailgate
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Heated power seats for both front positions.
  • Dolby Pro Logic II premium surround sound system with 12 speakers (From 2012)
  • 18-inch matt black alloys (R-Design from 2010)
  • R-Design steering wheel (R-Design from 2010)
  • Sports pedals and gear shift lever (R-Design from 2010)
  • Active bending lights (R-Design from 2010)
  • R-Design exterior and interior styling enhancements (R-Design from 2010)
  • R-Design sports chassis (15mm lower and features stiffer springs and anti-roll bars. Monotube dampers replace the standard rear twintube setup, while the rear damper bushings are also 20 percent stiffer)
  • Sat nav (R-Design from 2010)
  • Gearshift paddles
  • 10-speaker premium audio system (All T6 2010 – 2012)
Should you buy it

We can cautiously recommend the XC60 but only if you are conscious of the fact the maintenance and repair costs (and the regularity in which maintenance may be required) will most likely be higher than equivalent Japanese or South Korean competitors. Prior to committing financially, thoroughly inspect the vehicle and its service records confirming they are totally complete and thorough. Finally, have the XC60 you’re considering inspected by your local mechanic.

However, if you require a practical medium-sized luxury crossover SUV that will most likely provide bulletproof reliability and more affordable maintenance costs, we’d recommend looking at the other alternative to luxury European SUVs.

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Warranty & servicing

Warranty:

3 years/unlimited km

Servicing:

15,000kms or every 12 months

Tech Specs

Body style:

  • 5-door SUV

Engine & outputs:

  • 2.0-litre 4-cyl direct-injection petrol (T5 variants)
  • 3.0-litre 6-cyl turbocharged petrol (T6 variants)
  • 3.2-litre 6-cyl petrol (3.2 variants)
  • 2.4-litre 5-cyl twin-turbo diesel (D5 variants and D4 Kinetic from 2016)
  • 2.0-litre 5-cyl turbocharged diesel (D4 variants)

Power:

  • 177kW – 2.0-litre 4-cyl petrol
  • 224kW – 3.0-litre 6-cyl turbo petrol
  • 242kW – 3.0-litre 6-cyl turbo petrol (R-Design from 2013)
  • 179kW – 3.2-litre 6-cyl petrol
  • 140kW – 2.4-litre 5-cyl twin-turbo diesel (D4 Kinetic from 2016)
  • 151kW (158kW from 2012) – 2.4-litre 5-cyl twin-turbo diesel
  • 169kW – 2.4-litre 5-cyl twin-turbo diesel (R-Design from 2013)
  • 120kW – 2.0-litre 5-cyl turbo diesel

Torque:

  • 320Nm – 2.0-litre 4-cyl petrol
  • 440Nm – 3.0-litre 6-cyl turbo petrol
  • 480Nm – 3.0-litre 6-cyl turbo petrol (R-Design from 2013)
  • 320Nm – 3.2-litre 6-cyl petrol
  • 420Nm (440Nm from 2012) – 2.4-litre 5-cyl twin-turbo diesel
  • 470Nm – 2.4-litre 5-cyl twin-turbo diesel (R-Design from 2013)
  • 400Nm – 2.0-litre 5-cyl turbo diesel

Transmissions:

  • 6-spd sports automatic dual-clutch front-wheel drive (T5)
  • 8-spd sports automatic transmission (from 2015)
  • 6-spd automatic all-wheel drive (T6 and D5 variants and D4 Kinetic from 2016)
  • 6-speed automatic front-wheel drive (D4)

Fuel use:

  • 8.7 litres/100km – 2.0-litre 4-cyl petrol
  • 10.5L/100km – 3.0-litre 6-cyl turbo petrol
  • 11.9L/100km – 3.2-litre 6-cyl petrol
  • 7.6L/100km (6.9L/100km from 2012) – 2.4-litre 5-cyl twin-turbo diesel
  • 6.9L/100km – 2.0-litre 5-cyl turbo diesel

Dimension:

  • Height: 1713mm – 1728mm – depending on variant
  • Length: 4644mm
  • Width: 1891mm
  • Kerb weight: 1728kg – 1912kg – depending on variant
Disclaimer

Information correct as of July 16, 2021.

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