2013 Volvo XC60

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Volvo XC60. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Stylish interior and exterior
  • Handling
  • Highway stability
  • Optional integrated booster seats

The Bad

  • Front seats may be too firm for some
  • Snug backseat
  • Rear backrests don't recline

Notable Features of the 2013 Volvo XC60

  • Newly standard headlight washers and rain-sensing wipers
  • Newly standard leather-wrapped steering wheel with aluminum trim
  • Choice of inline-six engines
  • FWD or AWD
  • Standard City Safety collision avoidance system

2013 Volvo XC60 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Volvo's XC60 is a compact luxury crossover that competes with other premium entries, like the Lexus RX, Cadillac SRX and Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class. Powered by a normally aspirated or turbocharged six-cylinder engine, the five-seat XC60 is available with a wealth of safety features like lane departure warning and collision warning.
New for 2013
The XC60 adds standard headlight washers and rain-sensing windshield wipers. There's also a newly standard leather-wrapped steering wheel with aluminum inlays. Eighteen-inch alloy wheels are now standard.
Exterior
The XC60 is instantly recognizable as a Volvo thanks to its large front grille, which is similar to the one used by the larger XC90 crossover. Despite this similarity, the XC60 is sleeker overall and has unique design cues, like angular, supplementary lights just inside its large headlights. Ground clearance measures a sizable 9.1 inches. Exterior features include:

  • 18-inch wheels; available 19- or 20-inch wheels
  • Optional adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights 
  • R-Design trim includes silver roof rails, tinted rear windows, aluminum accents, a unique grille, unique tailpipes and scuff plates
  • Optional backup camera, power tailgate
  • Optional panoramic moonroof

Interior
Whereas the larger three-row Volvo XC90 can seat up to seven people, the XC60 is designed to carry five people in two rows. The cabin has a slim dashboard control panel that gives the cabin aesthetic appeal. The second-row ben...

Vehicle Overview

Volvo's XC60 is a compact luxury crossover that competes with other premium entries, like the Lexus RX, Cadillac SRX and Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class. Powered by a normally aspirated or turbocharged six-cylinder engine, the five-seat XC60 is available with a wealth of safety features like lane departure warning and collision warning.
New for 2013
The XC60 adds standard headlight washers and rain-sensing windshield wipers. There's also a newly standard leather-wrapped steering wheel with aluminum inlays. Eighteen-inch alloy wheels are now standard.
Exterior
The XC60 is instantly recognizable as a Volvo thanks to its large front grille, which is similar to the one used by the larger XC90 crossover. Despite this similarity, the XC60 is sleeker overall and has unique design cues, like angular, supplementary lights just inside its large headlights. Ground clearance measures a sizable 9.1 inches. Exterior features include:

  • 18-inch wheels; available 19- or 20-inch wheels
  • Optional adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights 
  • R-Design trim includes silver roof rails, tinted rear windows, aluminum accents, a unique grille, unique tailpipes and scuff plates
  • Optional backup camera, power tailgate
  • Optional panoramic moonroof

Interior
Whereas the larger three-row Volvo XC90 can seat up to seven people, the XC60 is designed to carry five people in two rows. The cabin has a slim dashboard control panel that gives the cabin aesthetic appeal. The second-row bench seat folds flat to expand the cargo area. Interior features include:

  • Power driver's seat
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • CD stereo with USB input
  • Optional heated front and rear seats 
  • Optional leather upholstery
  •  R-Design models include unique instruments, steering wheel and sport seats

Under the Hood
The XC60 3.2 is powered by a 3.2-liter inline-six-cylinder engine, and T6 models use a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder. Mechanical features include:

  • 3.2-liter inline-six makes 240 hp and 236 pounds-feet of torque; low-emissions version sold in some states makes 230 hp and 221 pounds-feet of torque
  • Turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder makes 300 hp and 325 pounds-feet of torque (T6)
  • Turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder generates 325 hp and 354 pounds-feet of torque (T6 R-Design)
  • Six-speed automatic transmission for all engines
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Optional Four-C adaptive suspension (T6)

Safety
The XC60's standard City Safety system scans the road ahead and looks for looming obstacles; it can automatically brake the car at low speeds if the driver fails to do so. Other safety features include:

  • Electronic stability system
  • Antilock disc brakes
  • Front-seat side-impact airbags, two-row side curtain airbags
  • Optional integrated second-row booster seats
  • Optional lane departure warning system
  • Optional higher-speed collision warning system with automatic braking
  • Optional pedestrian detection with automatic braking
  • Optional blind spot monitoring system

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Best car for teen dricer

by CentexMom from Austin, Tx on September 17, 2018

This car is like wrapping your teen in a tank with auto-sensing brakes and blind spot sensors. It was a wonderful first car for my teen and I enjoyed driving it and the huge cargo space too. Read full review

(5.0)

We are now a Vovlo family

by Jbrpsgt on June 10, 2018

This is the 2nd Volvo we own. Absolutely love Volvo vehichles. Very dependable. My wife was in a head on collision years ago and has felt safest with these 2 vehicles. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Volvo XC60 currently has 2 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Volvo XC60 3.2

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Volvo
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 5 years/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    130-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The XC60 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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