2015 Volvo XC60

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What's New for 2015:
  • More fuel-efficient Drive-E powertrains
  • Standard power front passenger's seat
  • Power-retractable side mirrors standard for Premier Plus trim level
  • Updated seat upholstery for T6 R-Design model

The 2015 Volvo XC60 is a compact, 5-passenger, luxury crossover SUV. It is sized and priced to compete against the Acura RDX, Audi Q5, BMW X3, Cadillac SRX, Infiniti QX50, Lexus NX, and Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class.

Models and Features
For 2015, the introduction of a new series of powertrains expands the Volvo XC60 lineup. Models with front-wheel drive (FWD) get the new Drive-E turbocharged 4-cylinder engines, with T5 Drive-E and T6 Drive-E names. Models with all-wheel drive (AWD) are equipped with an inline 6-cylinder engine or a turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine. Volvo also offers an R-Design model with an exclusive 325-horsepower engine.

Depending on the version selected, trim levels include Standard, Premier, Premier Plus, and Platinum. Premier trim adds leather seats, a panoramic sunroof, upgraded instrumentation, Keyless Drive passive entry with push-button ignition, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and dark-tinted rear window glass.

Premier Plus trim includes a reversing camera, power-retractable side mirrors, universal garage door opener, quick-fold front passenger's seat, and several convenience items, such as a cargo cover, grocery bag hook, and more. Platinum versions are equipped with a navigation system, premium sound system, and accent lighting for the cabin. Additionally, buyers can opt for a variety of comfort, convenience, safety, and technology options.

Under the Hood
The XC60 T5 Drive-E is equipped with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 240 horsepower, while the XC60 T6 Drive-E has a turbocharged and supercharged version of this same power plant rated to make 302 horsepower. Each features an 8-speed automatic transmission and FWD.

A 3.2-liter 6-cylinder engine is standard for the XC60 3.2 AWD, making 240 horsepower. Meanwhile, the XC60 T6 AWD sends 300 horsepower to all four wheels. The R-Design version of this latter model generates 325 horsepower. All three of these XC60 models are equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Fuel Economy
Volvo XC60s with AWD get significantly lower fuel economy then the FWD versions. The range for these models stretches from 17 mpg in the city for the XC60 T6 AWD to 25 mpg on the highway for the XC60 3.2 AWD.

Choosing one of the new Drive-E models dramatically improves fuel economy. Ratings range from 22 mpg in the city for the T6 Drive-E to 31 mpg on the highway for the T5 Drive-E.

Safety and Technology
Volvo is a brand frequently associated with safety, and this SUV's crash-test ratings are reflective of this focus. Standard equipment includes Ready Alert Braking, Emergency Brake Light Illumination, and a City Safety system that works when the SUV is traveling between 3 mph and 30 mph in order to eliminate or reduce the possibility of a low-speed collision.

Other safety-related technologies are optional for the XC60. The list includes a blind-spot information system, lane-departure warning system, and a robust collision-warning system with pedestrian detection, cyclist detection, and full automatic braking capabilities. Other upgrades include rear cross-traffic alert, a Driver Alert Control system, active high-beam headlights, and more.


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