2021 Volvo XC60 Gets Subtle but Notable Updates

The current generation of this compact luxury crossover has been around since 2017 and the fourth production year would usually mean some bigger changes. However, the Swedish manufacturer doesn’t think that way and believes that there no need for a facelift or some other significant updates at the moment. Simply, critics still see this model as one of the best in the class, so it’s no wonder that the 2021 Volvo XC60 comes with minor updates only.

Speaking of the updates, you may count on several additions to the list of standard equipment. Furthermore, a couple of new options have been added as well, and even an optional visual package. Also, the T8 plug-in hybrid model has been renamed and now comes with the “Recharge” badge. Other than that, the 2021 Volvo XC60 continues in the same way. Therefore, it’s no wonder it’s coming in a typical time of year and that the price remains pretty much the same.

2021 Volvo XC60

2021 Volvo XC60 Changes

As we already mentioned, the biggest 2021 Volvo XC60 changes are those in terms of new features. When it comes to base models, things like new 19-inch wheels and auto-dimming side mirrors, as well as on goodies like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, LED headlights, a wireless smartphone charging pad, and front parking sensors.

When it comes to higher trim levels, the Inscription comes with a new package called Lounge. It brings features like massaging front seats, a Nubuck headliner, and leather-wrapped sun visors. Finally, there is a new R-Line version, which comes with loads of blacked details.

Of course, we should mention that the T8 plug-in hybrid model is now called Recharge, just like the all-electric version of the smaller XC40.

2021 Volvo XC60 release date

2021 Volvo XC60 Redesign

As you can see, most of the changes on this model year are about new features. On the other side, the overall layout remains the same. The company believes that there’s no need for significant updates at the moment, so the styling remains pretty much the same, other than new wheels and optional R-Line package.

The mechanical aspect of the car also remains the same. Of course, we are talking about the company’s SPA platform, which is highly modular and underprints pretty much everything from this manufacturer. In terms of driving characteristics, this model is mostly about comfort. Many rivals are more fun to drive, while this model features a rather soft suspension setup, which ensures a smooth and comfortable ride. Speaking of comfort, another thing that clearly points out the model’s character is the size. This model features an untypically long wheelbase for the segment of compact SUVs and measures nearly 113 inches between the wheels.


The first obvious benefit from such a long wheelbase is the amount of interior space. This cabin is really generous in terms of leg and headroom, while the clean design makes everything look even more spacious. The seats are also pretty amazing. Along with the soft suspension setup, the ensures some of the best driving experiences in the class, in terms of comfort.

Besides plenty of space, we also like the dashboard design. It is rather clean and relatively simple, but it offers an impressive level of quality. All materials are high-quality, while fit and finish are also at a pretty high level. Of course, the long list of standard and available tech goodies makes everything look even more impressive.

2021 Volvo XC60 interior

The cargo area is also pretty generous for the segment. You may count on about 22.5 cubic feet behind the second row and 63.5 cubic feet of the overall cargo space. Those are some of the highest ratings in the class.

2021 Volvo XC60 Engines

Things under the hood have remained the same. Therefore, you may count on three familiar powertrain options, starting from a 2.0-liter turbo-four. This engine is good for about 250 horsepower and ensures pretty good driving dynamics. If you’re up to something peppier, the same engine is available in a version with both turbo and supercharger. The total output goes around 317 horsepower.

If that’s not enough for you, there is a plug-in hybrid version, which is now called Recharge, which puts out 400 horsepower.

In terms of fuel economy, all three options are pretty good. The base engine returns around 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Of course, the plug-in hybrid is the most efficient. You may count on about 27 mpg combines in the gasoline model, as well as on 57 mpg-e in the all-electric mode.

Price and Competition

The base 2021 Volvo XC60 starts around 43.000 dollars. When it comes to the competition, some of the key competitors are models like BMW X3, Audi Q5, Acura RDX etc.

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