Find Out What Makes the XC60 and XC90 SUVs Stand Apart

The Volvo lineup has been one of the most capable and safest collection of premium vehicle offerings in 2017. The brand is best known for delivering cars and SUVs with unparalleled safety, and it continues to live up to this incredibly noble reputation in the new year. Two of the brand’s most capable crossovers this year are the 2017 XC60 and the 2017 XC90. At first glance, both of these vehicles look the same, and while they share plenty of similarities, there are even more ways in which they differ from one another. You might have a hard time distinguishing one from the other out on the open road, but once you realize just how different they are, you will be amazed and better able to easily identify the XC60 from the XC90.

Before we get into the exact details surrounding Volvo’s two popular crossovers, let’s take a look at where each one came from, and where it is today.

A Quick Look Back

The Volvo XC90 – The Volvo XC90 luxury crossover SUV was first introduced at the North American International Auto Show exactly 15 years ago. The 2002 XC90 was instantly popular, as drivers who needed a smaller and more capable crossover were instantly drawn to Volvo’s newest addition. Motor Trend Magazine also recognized how incredible the XC90 was, and awarded it with the coveted title of SUV of the Year in 2002.

The popularity and success of the luxury crossover continued, with the XC90 becoming Volvo’s best-selling vehicle in the United States in 2005. The first generation of Volvo’s luxury crossover SUV was well received, and lasted much longer than most other models in the brand’s lineup. While it received various updating and special edition models throughout its twelve-year-long first generation, Volvo completely redesigned the XC90 for its second generation debut in 2014. As popular as it was when it was introduced back in 2002, the 2014 XC90 managed to earn the honor of SUV of the Year from Motor Trend for the second time in its history.

The history of the Volvo XC90 is immense, spanning over fifteen successful years on the market here in the United States and around the world. Built on a uni-body construction and offered with Volvo’s advanced all-wheel-drive system, the XC90 is as refined as it is capable.

The Volvo XC60 – With the rise in popularity of the XC90, Volvo released another capable crossover SUV to the United States’ market for the 2010 model year. Sold as a compact luxury crossover, the Volvo XC60 is still being sold under its first generation design. Volvo’s decision not to update the XC60 has obviously benefitted the company, which reports that the XC60 is the best-selling car in the luxury brand’s lineup since 2009.

Volvo unveiled the XC60 concept at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and it was well received by the public. Featuring a glass roof, updated grille, and a larger Volvo logo, the XC60’s debut didn’t just represent a new concept for the automaker, but the introduction to Volvo’s brand new ‘DNA.’ After enjoying a successful public reception of the XC60 concept, Volvo introduced the production version of the compact crossover at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show. While the XC60 went on sale globally for the 2008 model year, it was not sold in the United States until 2009, under the 2010 model year.

What Makes Them Stand Apart

Despite the fact that these two SUVs share a similar name, they happen to be two very different vehicles. Let’s take a look at some of the ways in which these two SUVs stand apart, so that you can better decide which one is right for your particular needs and desires.

  • Comfort: Both of Volvo’s premium crossover SUVs are loaded with comfort-enhancing features. Because the XC60 is smaller in size than the XC90, back seat passengers have less room to stretch out in the XC60. Both crossovers offer the same amount of passenger headroom and legroom in the front row for the driver and passenger.
  • Fuel Economy: As crossover SUVs, both of Volvo’s models feature impressive fuel economy that are relatively the same. Due to its larger size, the XC90 comes up slightly shorter in this department than the smaller XC60. While the XC90 features an average city MPG of 22 and a highway MPG of 26, the XC60 is the more efficient option with 23 miles per gallon in the city, and 31 miles per gallon on the highway. While the difference isn’t a huge one, it will certainly be noticed on the road.
  • Cost: The 2017 Volvo XC90 starts at $45,750, while the smaller-sized 2017 XC60 starts at $40,750 – almost exactly five thousand dollars less than its larger counterpart.
  • Interior Space: The Volvo XC90 can comfortably seat up to seven passengers and accommodate a maximum cargo capacity of 85.7 cubic feet. The 2017 XC60 offers interior seating for five total passengers, and delivers 67.4 cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity. The difference between these two in terms of size and interior space is one of the most noticeable factors to take into consideration when deciding which one to purchase.
  • Capability: Both the XC90 and XC60 are offered with Volvo’s award-winning all-wheel drive system, as well as front-wheel drive capability. XC90 models equipped with the 316 horsepower 4-cylinder engine, are able to tow up to 5,000 pounds – a very impressive number for this small segment. On the other hand, the XC60 can tow up to 4,400 pounds when properly equipped, an almost equally impressive rating for its segment.

As you can see, there are plenty of areas in which the 2017 Volvo XC90 and 2017 XC60 differ. Both of these capable crossovers are manufactured and designed by the award-winning Volvo brand, and come backed by the Swedish automaker’s comprehensive warranty coverage. With so many beneficial qualities, it won’t be hard to make the decision to purchase one of these luxury crossovers. The tough choice comes from deciding between the XC90 and the XC60.

Come down to Smythe Volvo and take each one of these incredible crossover SUVs for a test drive. Take a look at them in person, and decide which one you prefer for your unique set of needs.

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