Changes for the 2015 Volvo XC60:
Following a year of cosmetic changes, the 2015 XC60 compact luxury crossover SUV arrives with new fuel-saving Drive-E powertrains, a new 8-speed automatic transmission, several “Eco+” technologies, and an improved Blind Spot Information System. A power-adjustable front passenger’s seat is now standard equipment, power folding side mirrors are added to the Premier Plus models, and the sporty R-Design version gets Nubuck textile and leather upholstery.
There are 17 different versions of the 2015 Volvo XC60 from which to choose. Five primary model series are offered in the form of the 3.2 AWD, T5 Drive-E, T6 Drive-E, T6 AWD, and T6 AWD R-Design. Within each series, buyers can select standard, Premier, Premier Plus, or Platinum levels of trim. Beyond the trim packages, Volvo offers a menu of option packages and individual upgrades.
Engines and Transmissions:
The big news for 2015 is the addition of new, more fuel-efficient engines to the XC60 lineup. The XC60 T5 Drive-E model’s turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine makes 240 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque, while the T6 Drive-E model’s turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine generates 302 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque.
A new 8-speed automatic transmission is standard with the Drive-E engines, powering the SUV’s front wheels. “Eco+” technologies are standard, too, including automatic stop/start, Eco-Coast, and Eco-Climate functionality. The more powerful T6 Drive-E models also include paddle shifters and Volvo’s Advanced Quick Shift technology.
The least expensive path to all-wheel drive is the XC60 3.2 AWD model. It has a 3.2-liter 6-cylinder engine generating 240 horsepower and 236 lb.-ft. of torque, paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and Volvo’s Instant Traction AWD system. More power is available in the XC60 T6 AWD, which features a turbocharged, 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine making 300 horsepower and 325 lb.-ft. of torque.
At the top of the XC60 lineup, the T6 R-Design is equipped with a massaged version of the T6 AWD model’s turbocharged 6-cylinder, one rated to make 325 horsepower and 354 lb.-ft. of torque. This version of the XC60 also has paddle shifters, Advanced Quick Shift technology, improved steering response, and a sport suspension.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
The most fuel-efficient versions of the 2015 XC60 carry a Drive-E designation. The T5 Drive-E is rated to get 27 mpg in combined driving, while the T6 Drive-E delivers 25 mpg. Every XC60 equipped with AWD is rated to get 20 mpg in combined driving, regardless of the engine or state of tune.
In crash tests performed by the NHTSA, the XC60 earns a 5-star overall rating in every impact assessment combined with a 4-star rollover resistance rating, for an overall rating of 5 stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) also gives the XC60 top marks, calling it a “Top Safety Pick” in combination with a “Superior” front crash prevention rating.
In addition to standard City Safety technology, which is a low-speed collision avoidance feature, the XC60 is available with a range of safety systems including several that will automatically brake the SUV in order to avoid a collision, or to mitigate the effects of one.
Written by Christian Wardlaw
July 25, 2014
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