Changes to 2021 Volvo Models Bring More Safety and Electrification

Liz Kim | Dec 02, 2020

For 2021, the big news at Volvo is the debut of its first all-electric model, the XC40 Recharge P8. It offers more than 200 miles of driving range and is priced from about $55,000 before any tax incentives or rebates. Volvo also adds Recharge T8 to the names of its plug-in hybrids this year and offers them at lower prices in order to make its electrified models more affordable.

2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 Plugged In

Volvo burnishes its brand reputation for safety for the 2021 model year. Accordingly, hooligans might not appreciate the new 112-mph maximum speed limit Volvo is imposing on every new vehicle it sells. And if you’re lending your Volvo to someone else, you can program a further cap on the speed. It’s an earnest step toward Volvo’s ultimate goal of achieving zero fatalities or severe injuries among drivers of and passengers in their vehicles. 

Volvo debuts its new Connected Safety services. This is a car-to-car communications technology that allows Volvo models to communicate with one another to forewarn of hazardous conditions, such as a slippery patch of road or a vehicle with hazard lights up ahead. 

Further, every new 2021 Volvo now includes blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic warning, power-folding side mirrors, adaptive headlights with automatic high-beam operation, and USB power outlets for the rear seats as part of its standard equipment list. 

Collectively, these overarching safety technology updates are relatively significant changes for the brand as a whole, but the modifications are more modest when it comes to individual models. Let’s take a look at what they are.

2021 Volvo S60 Changes - Find the best Volvo deals!

Few changes are in store for the compact S60 sedan, which was all-new for 2019. You’ll see the addition of keyless entry, a power release trunk, and illuminated door handles on every vehicle, as well as a new 18-inch wheel design.

2021 Volvo S90 Changes - Find the best Volvo deals!

Volvo’s S90 sedan gets a styling makeover front and rear, including a new trunk lid and taillight design and redesigned wheels. A wireless smartphone charging pad is standard, a new Bowers and Wilkins high-end audio system option is available, and Volvo offers other new ways to deck out the S90’s cabin.

2021 Volvo V60 and V60 Cross Country Changes - Find the best Volvo deals!

Like the S60 sedan above, upon which it is based, the compact V60 and the V60 Cross Country wagons receive new 18-inch wheel designs and extra standard equipment in the form of keyless entry, a power release liftgate, and door handles that light up at night as you approach the vehicle.

2021 Volvo V90 and V90 Cross Country Changes - Find the best Volvo deals!

Revised front styling and new taillamps freshen up the look for Volvo’s midsize wagon. You’ll also note new wheel designs and a rear roof spoiler, and in welcome news, the Cross Country rids itself of its plastic side cladding. You’ll see some updated choices for the interior as well.

2021 Volvo XC40 Changes - Find the best Volvo deals!

Volvo’s subcompact SUV receives the most significant update of the entire lineup, with an all-electric version called the Recharge P8 debuting as the automaker’s first fully-electric model. The XC40 Recharge P8’s 402-hp electric drivetrain provides an EPA-rated 208 miles of driving range on a fully charged battery. All 2021 Volvo XC40 models now come with standard leather seats, and they’re even heated if you get the all-wheel-drive version. Rear parking sensors and power-folding side mirrors are also complimentary across the XC40 lineup, which continues to offer gasoline-fueled T4 and T5 variants in addition to the new Recharge P8.

2021 Volvo XC60 Changes - Find the best Volvo deals!

The 2021 Volvo XC60 compact SUV now comes with LED headlights and fog lights, keyless entry, power-folding side mirrors, and a power-operated rear liftgate. Other changes include a slight realignment of option packages. 

2021 Volvo XC90 Changes - Find the best Volvo deals!

New for 2021, Volvo’s midsize SUV now includes front parking sensors, power-folding side mirrors, LED headlights and fog lights, a wireless smartphone charging pad, and new 19-inch wheels as standard equipment. The Volvo XC90 also benefits from a minor reorganization of trim level content.

Volvo is the source of information in this article. It was accurate on December 1, 2020, but it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the automaker’s website or your local dealership.

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