2018 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Inscription Lives Up to Lofty Expectations

The 2018 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Inscription, in “Pine Grey Metallic.” All photos by Matt Coker

Considering my family sports application car is 18 years old, we can find something to conclude about all a mint SUVs and crossovers put by exam drives for this space.

However, a Volvos always pulls forward of a pack, that might be no warn given their buyers generally bombard out some-more for that brand. (How many more, in a box of a 2018 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Inscription, is lonesome over down.)

When it comes to a well-spoken ride, stylish looks, plain performance, considerable extras and generally newcomer safety, Volvos always measure during or nearby a top, during slightest when we am doing a scoring.

I approaching no reduction with a XC60 T6, that exceeded those expectations.

To be honest, a really initial thing we beheld after climbing behind a circle was a Bowers and Wilkins orator on a driver-side door. Just looking during it, we know it had to sound great. It’s like an art piece. 

Everything a motorist needs is within easy strech on a XC60 T6.

All 10 speakers via a cabin sounded swell, as they should given they are partial of a reward complement that total a vast $3,200 to a sum plaque price.

The 330-watt sound complement handles HD radio, Sirius XM satellite radio (that comes with a six-month subscription), hands-free Bluetooth audio streaming and smart-phone integration. 

My initial rides were behind and onward to work, that is usually a turnpike exit divided from my home, so my time to suffer a tunes and Mr. Stern were limited. But holder it we did when errands took me to Newport Center, where a mint Volvo fit right in, as good as on exam drives that spanned a whole Orange Coast.

Had it been unknown ground, we would have some-more mostly relied on a Sensus navigation information displayed on a Inscription’s 12.3-inch touchscreen. New buyers get subscriptions of 6 months or 3 gigabytes of information for navigation and a wi-fi hotspot, that we can news comes in accessible on a prolonged outing accompanied by mixed passengers and electronic devices, as do a dual enclosed USB ports.

Of course, assent of mind comes with Volvo On-Call, a four-year nominal use that includes a mobile app with remote start and navigation information sent to a XC60 T6.

You can tighten or close a tailgate by pulling buttons (inset) on a doorway frame. The gate’s tallness is adjustable.

I’ve created before about a reserve facilities on Volvos being overwhelming, generally if we are not used to them. Something customarily seems as if it is chiming, buzzing or flashing. (Or maybe it’s revelation me to enroll in a motorist refresher course.) 

There is run-off highway mitigation, that steers we behind into a line if a car believes–and yes, Volvos are able of believing–you are removing off track. That’s a one that can be disconcerting since there are times it pulls a conflicting instruction of a curve, despite ever so briefly.

It’s among a many customary XC60 T6 reserve facilities that also includes run-off highway protection, that tightens a chair belt in random line departures. Fortunately, we did not knowledge that since there are other doo-dads to keep we in your lanes and many generally out of a approaching ones. 

City Safety Collision Avoidance detects other vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians and vast animals, and highway signs are displayed on a reduce partial of a driver-side windshield.

Should a inconceivable happen, we are roving in a high-strength steel enclosure with worldly chair belts and atmosphere bags all around, as you’d design from a pushing reserve personality like Volvo, that relates a same alertness to a insurance of those in child seats. LED headlight and haze light configurations are also safety-minded, and a decade of puncture pile-up presentation is customary for buyers.

The perspective out of a XC60 T6’s breathtaking moonroof.

Besides safety, Volvos are famous for their well-spoken rides and luxury. The former is ensured with a double wishbone front and constituent couple back suspension, modernized electronic fortitude control, electric energy assisted steering and a all-season tires wrapped around a 20-inch Inscription amalgamate wheels. 

Among my favorite customary facilities is a sunshade that can be retracted automatically to display a breathtaking moonroof. Four-zone meridian control, leather upholstery, energy front seats (with memory), chair extenders throughout, split-folding backrest, back park support camera, energy tailgate with programmable height, aluminum sill plates, bright doorway handles, Driftwood Deco inlays and tailored dashboard are all standard.

The 2018 XC60 T6 has an importer’s suggested list cost of $44,900. But my Inscription exam float enclosed several extras, packages and fees that pushed a sum plaque cost adult to $63,290. 

The additional cube of change pays for, among other things, Nappa leather, a 360-degree camera, a 12-volt energy outlet, a “Pine Grey Metallic” extraneous paint job, chrome bars and trim, body-colored tailpipes, some-more reserve alerts, headlight high vigour cleaning, exhilarated front and back seats, steering circle and wiper blades and even a “cooled” glove compartment.

Lord knows how many times I’ve burnt my fingers in a prohibited glove box. 

Fortunately, this Volvo blended in with a landscaping so there was no sheet for a bootleg parking. (Don’t try this during home.)

One oppulance underline we shall not mock, since we am a marred small pushing princess, is a front chair backrest massager. You don’t even have to tip it! Can someone greatfully make those retroactive to a 2005 SUV from another carmaker?

By comparison, my XC60 T6 exam float had a 316-horse power, 295 pounds-feet of torque, 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged I-4 engine with customary all-wheel expostulate and energy routed by an eight-speed authomatic transmission. If that review like deja vu all over again, we should have typed it!

Of course, being smaller than a XC90, a XC60 gets an EPA-rated 21 miles to a gallon in a city to a large sistah’s 20 mpg. They both are rated 27 mpg in a city; a XC60 gets a total 23 mpg. But, get this: this XC60 costs $10,800 reduction than that XC90 did.

Volvo offers a 48-month or 50,000-mile (whichever comes first) singular warranty, 144 months of gnawing protection, giveaway bureau scheduled upkeep for 3 years or 36,000 miles, roadside assistance and extended insurance contracts by participating retailers. 

Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and interesting readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent a initial 13 years of his career in broadcasting during daily newspapers before “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as a paper’s initial calendar editor. He went on to be handling editor, executive editor and is now comparison staff writer.

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