Volvo XC60 (2008–2017)

Model History

March 2008

Volvo XC60 unveiled

Comes with a variety of intelligent safety systems including City Safety – a unique system that can help the driver avoid or reduce the effects of the type of low-speed impacts that are common in city traffic and traffic tailbacks. If the car is about to drive into the vehicle in front and the driver does not react, the car brakes itself.

Available to order from July 2008 the Volvo XC60 launches with three engine variants - two diesels and one petrol. The frugal 163bhp 2.4D and 185bhp D5 variants with manual transmission both deliver 37.7mpg with CO2 emissions of 199g/km.

Joining the manual is the Geartronic version at 219g/km. The D5 diesel engine generates 400Nm torque, while the entry level 2.4D offers 340Nm of torque. The 285bhp T6 petrol is capable of a top speed of 130mph and offers a brisk 0 to 60mph time of 7.1 seconds, while delivering 400Nm of torque. Fuel consumption is 23.7mpg with CO2 emissions of 284g/km.

The Volvo XC60 was made available to order from October 2008 and was launched in UK dealer showrooms in November 2008. It was awarded the maximum five star Euro NCAP crash test rating for Adult Occupant Protection tests, which includes front and side impacts. It also received the highest rating in Euro NCAP's new assessment procedure for evaluating the degree of whiplash protection offered by passenger cars in rear-end collisions.

February 2009

XC60 2.4D DRIVe launched

Has 175bhp and 420Nm delievring 159g/km of CO2 and 47.1mpg. All DRIVe models are equipped with a conventional diesel engine and manual gearbox optimised for extra-low fuel consumption. These cars are also tailored specifically for low rolling resistance and reduced air drag.

In addition to front-wheel drive, a number of improvements all help deliver the new model's competitive fuel consumption and CO2 figures. Volvo Cars' engine experts have also succeeded in reducing friction and pump losses in the diesel engine and in cutting the pressure drop in the intake and exhaust systems.

The gear ratios have also been optimised so the car can be driven economically. For instance, when driving at 62 mph in top gear, engine revs and thus also fuel consumption are significantly lower with the new powertrain.

June 2009

2010 model year announced

The new D5 engine is now available in the XC60 offering up to an 11% increase in performance and an 8% reduction in CO2 emissions to 183g/km. The new D5 engine with its twin sequential turbo charging offers a 20bhp performance boost to provide 205bhp and 420Nm of torque. Despite this power increase, CO2 emissions have been cut to 183g/km.

Volvo also now offer an additional Premium Pack specification on all trim levels and engines for an extra £2,000. The Premium Pack includes the addition
of leather-faced upholstery and satellite navigation. An updated satellite navigation system (RTI) has also been introduced in to bring it in line with the smaller cars in the Volvo range. A new driver interface, new colours and an
improved premium feel to the menu and symbols are the key features and
the unit costs £1,950.

All new 2010 MY models were available to order from June 2009 with first customer cars delivered in July. CAP upgraded its residual value predictions of the Volvo XC60 DRIVe estimating the trade price of a 2.4D DRIVe SE at 40% of its cost-new price after three years and 60,000 miles.

May 2010

The new five-cylinder 2.0-litre diesel from the new Volvo S60 is now available on the XC60 while the six-cylinder T6 petrol engine is upgraded to 304bhp and 440Nm of torque.

The new 2.0D diesel is, in principle, the same engine as the well-established 2.4-litre diesel, but its displacement has been reduced with a shorter stroke to optimise fuel consumption. The injection system also has a different type of piezoelectric fuel injector compared with the D5 engine. These injectors minimize fuel consumption with their exceptionally rapid and precise injection.

It develops 163bhp and is badged the D3. This new naming has been introduced to allow customers to more easily understand which engine is the most powerful and which fuel it is driven by - D for diesel and historically T has been used for Volvo's petrol cars. Volvo's naming strategy also follows the principle that the higher the number the more powerful it is - a D5 engine has more power that a D3.

The new D3 engine replaces the 2.4D FWD 175bhp variant and will become the new DRIVe engine emitting only 154g/km of CO2 emissions and 47.9mpg. The new D3 engine is also available with automatic transmission, however, as this variant delivers slightly higher CO2 levels it will not be badged DRIVe. The D5 twin-turbo diesel and high-performance T6 petrol engine remain in the ranges and have both benefitted from improvements. The D5 205bhp has seen a drop in CO2 emissions from 183g/km to 174g/km.

The ES trim replaces the S specification and includes all the features and afety systems you would expect from Volvo. The XC60 ES specification includes 17-inch wheels, City Safety, ECC (Electric Climate Control), cruise control, a performance audio aystem, Aux input for MP3 players and CD player, leather steering wheel with remote controls and a rear spoiler.

December 2010

240PS chain cam Ford Ecoboost engine coupled with Ford/Getrag Powershift transmission available from January 2011.

October 2011

XC60 D3 AWD (163hp) available from £29,100.

February 2013

Effective immediately for the XC60 D4 FWD Geartronic. Fuel economy for this model rises to 47.1mpg from 41.5mpg and it now produces just 159g/km CO2, a 19g/km CO2 improvement on the previous production model. The corresponding fall in BIK sees this vehicle drop from the 29% BIK banding to just 25% for the current financial year and 26% for the 2013/2014 financial year.

February 2013

Significant revisions XC60. Redesigned interior and exterior of the new 60 cars. Inside, the attention to detail, the authentic materials - such as wood and leather - and the easy-to-use controls contribute to the in-command driving experience.

New optional sport seat that retains this traditional comfort and makes a perfect addition to the in-command feel of a true driver's car. Previously visible washer nozzles have been relocated out of sight under the bonnet. Radar cover has been painted gloss black, which practically makes it disappear in the grille. Chrome frame around the grille has been removed and the new, bigger ironmark badge enhances the new cars' self-confident look.

The new S60, V60 and XC60 offer an extended wheel choice with a variety of 18"and 19" designs that increase the personalisation possibilities for customers. The XC60 is available with 20-inch wheels while keeping the same tyre profile height and ride comfort as with 19-inch wheels.

On the exterior, Volvo's best-selling model, the XC60, gets a more urban twist. The redesigned front features a new hood shape that emphasises the wide, confident look.

The XC60 also benefits from an interior upgrade. The new features include new wood inlays, a new headliner, textile B-pillars and the silk metal frames around the air vents and light controls.

The refined XC60 has a commanding driving position supported by generous ground clearance and the class-leading chassis. The XC60 is designed to feel every bit as nimble and agile as a standard height road car.

Corner Traction Control now comes as standard. This torque vectoring system helps the driver avoid understeer by applying just the right amount of brake force to the inner wheels while powering the outer wheels when accelerating out of a corner.

With All Wheel Drive, the XC60 becomes an extremely capable vehicle on any road, in any kind of weather. The optional Hill Descent Control boosts this capability by automatically controlling the car's speed when driving down steep slopes.

Sensus is the name Volvo uses for all its HMI (Human Machine Interface) functionality and the all-new Sensus Connected Touch is the latest addition. It enables connectivity and Internet in the car and turns the 7-inch display into a state-of-the-art infrared, beam-scanned touch screen that can be used even when wearing gloves - a world first in cars and handy in winter! Connection is made either via a car-mounted 3G/4G dongle or the driver's mobile phone.

The user has access to full Internet browsing (except when driving), Internet streaming of music, Internet radio (TuneIn and Orange Live Radio) with thousands of channels from all over the world, on-line (Google) Map and Search, Embedded Connected 3D navigation with online traffic info and dangerous zone warnings, Free Parking locator, weather information, a number of native and web applications, App Store for new functions and updates as well as a Volvo service locator. It is also possible to share a WiFi network with everyone in the car.

The new Volvo XC60 has also been improved, with both the D5 (215 hp) and the D4 (163 hp) versions with a manual gearbox and All Wheel Drive, delivering a combined fuel consumption of 5.3 l/100 km (139 g/km).

There are improvements with petrol power too, with the S60 with the 1.6-litre GTDi (Gasoline Turbocharged Direct Injection) engine T4 (180 hp) or T3 (150 hp) and automatic gearbox now offering fuel consumption at 6.8 l/100 km (159 g/km). The corresponding figure for the V60 T4 and T3 is 7.2 l/100 km (167 g/km).

The three-spoke steering wheels can now be accompanied with paddle shifters for cars specified with automatic transmission. They turn the automatic box into a manual with the benefit of shifting gear with both hands on the wheel. The paddle shifters give the enthusiastic driver an additional edge, particularly when powering round twisty roads. And for the added comfort of drivers in Sweden and other cold countries, the steering wheel can also be specified with heating for increased comfort on cold winter days.

Cars equipped with a rain sensor can now benefit from an electrically heated windscreen for rapid de-icing on cold winter days. The S60, V60 and XC60 are also available with outer rear view mirrors with auto dim. Using chromatic glass, the mirrors automatically dim to avoid glare from other traffic, just like the inner rear view mirror.

September 2013

Volvo launched the first of its new series of DRIVe engines – two 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. Volvo will sever its last engine links with Ford within the next two years with a new family of efficient, light and compact four-cylinder units.

The first of these new Drive-E engines will be available by the end of 2013. For the UK there will be a D4 twin-turbo diesel developing 181PS and 400Nm of torque, and a supercharged and turbocharged T6 petrol unit with 306PS and 400Nm.

The D4 will be available in the '60-series' family as well as the V70, XC70 and S80. The T6 will, for now, only be offered in the S60 saloon and V60 estate, but is destined to go into the all-wheel-drive XC60 crossover later. Eventually the Drive-E family will expand to eight engines, seven of which will be offered in the UK. All will be 2.0-litre direct-injection units with varying levels of turbocharging.

The diesels will deliver between 130 and 239PS, and the petrol units 140 to 306PS. They have been prepared for eventual use in hybrid drive systems. The previous range of Ford four-cylinder engines and in-house five-cylinder diesel and six-cylinder petrol units are progressively phased out.

Volvo says the new engines are up to 35% more fuel efficient than those they replace, an average of 50 kilos lighter and smaller. The S60 D4 will bringemissions down to as low as 99g/km, while even the T6 emits only 149g/km. The Drive-E units meet all future emissions regulations up to 2017, without expensive after-treatment in the case of the diesels.

Volvo now offers a new eight-speed Aisin Warner automatic transmission with the D4 and T6 as an alternative to the revised six-speed Getrag manual gearbox.

October 2013

Production version of Volvo's new D4 2.0 litre diesel develops with 181PS and and with manual gearbox manages an EC combined economy of 74.3mpg emits 99g/km in the EC tests. A Volvo V60 D4 with up to 17-inch tyres also breaks the 100-gram barrier according to the NEDC certification with emissions the same as the S60 saloon at 99 g/km.

The Drive-E diesels feature world-first i-ART technology with pressure feedback from each fuel injector instead of using a traditional single pressure sensor in the common rail. Each injector has an intelligent chip on top of it that monitors injection pressure. Using this information, the self-adapting i-ART system makes sure that the ideal amount of fuel is injected during each combustion cycle.

The new D4 FWD can be ordered from October 2013 and is available in the new S60, V60, XC60, V70, XC70 and S80. It is also available to order with the new 8-speed automatic.

The Volvo S60 T6 FWD with 306 horsepower and the new 8-speed automatic emits only 146g/km CO2 and is the first car in the segment that delivers over two horsepower per gram of CO2from a combustion engine only. The car accelerates from 0-62 mph in 5.9 seconds. The new two-litre, four-cylinder T6 engine features both a supercharger and a turbo charger, like VAG's 1.4 'Twincharger' TSI.

Using the supercharger to fill in the bottom end torque gives the petrol engine a big, naturally aspirated feel. The mechanically linked compressor starts to function immediately at low revs, while the turbocharger kicks in when the airflow builds up. The new T6 engine is expected to be available during 2014.

January 2014

Volvo Drive-E 4 cylinder powertrains:


1,969cc 4cylinder single turbo: 120PS, 250Nm torque

1,969cc 4cylinder single turbo: 150PS, 320Nm torque

1,969cc 4cylinder twin turbo: 181PS, 400Nm torque

1,969cc 4cylinder twin turbo: 230PS, 480Nm torque


1,969cc 4cylinder single turbo: 140PS, 250Nm torque + 30Nm overboost

1,969cc 4cylinder single turbo: 190PS, 300Nm torque + 30Nm overboost

1,969cc 4cylinder single turbo: 245PS, 350Nm torque + 30Nm overboost

1,969cc 4cylinder supercharger + turbo: 306PS, 400Nm torque

April 2015

Power increase for front-wheel-drive, four-cylinder Drive-E D4 diesel model in Volvo XC60: now 190hp. All-wheel-drive D4 and D5 variants retain five-cylinder engines but with power output increased to 190hp and significant CO 2 emissions reductions. Rain Sensor and Air Quality System become standard on all specifications levels. Magic Blue, Osmium Grey and Onyx Black paint options are added. Two new wheel designs: 18” Leda and 19” Lesath

XC60 diesel


CO 2 g/km (auto)

MPG (auto)




117 (124)

62.8 (60.1)


9hp power increase to 190hp

D4 AWD (5-cyl)

137 (149)

54.3 (49.6)


9hp power increase to 190hp. 20g/km CO 2 reduction for auto model – now 149g/km

D5 AWD (5-cyl)

137 (149)

54.3 (49.6)


5hp power increase to 220hp. 20g/km CO 2 reduction for auto model – now 149g/km

February 2016

Volvo 60 Series cars receive significant updates for 2016. Volvo’s award-winning four-cylinder 2.0 litre T5 petrol engine delivering 245hp and 350Nm of torque mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission becomes available in the XC60. Two new wheels will be offered – a new 18” wheel for the S60/V60 and XC60, and a brand-new 20” wheel for the XC60. These will be complemented by a new generation of 18”, 19” and 20” wheels for R-Design trim levels. The 60 Series cars are also offered with three new exterior colours. Luminous Sand will be available on all 60 Series cars, while Mussel Blue will come on the XC60, S60, V60 and V60 Cross Country. Bursting Blue will be available for S60, V60 and XC60 R-Design variants. Passion Red is also being added for the V60 Cross Country model.

What does a Volvo XC60 (2008 – 2017) cost?

List Price from £39,480
Buy new from £31,055
Contract hire from £329.28 per month