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The popular Volvo XC60 has received some running changes for the 2023 model-year, including some new equipment across the range as well as price rises.

UPDATE, 06/02/2023 – Volvo Car Australia has increased the asking price of certain XC60 variants by $1000 amid a wider range price rise.

“During 2022 we, together with the whole industry and others have faced a number of hurdles an example of these being the cost of raw materials and logistics, and as a result needed to realign pricing,” said a Volvo Car Australia spokesperson.

MORE: Volvo Australia raises prices on most models

Following the mildly facelifted range arriving earlier this year, which brought an entirely electrified engine line-up and Volvo’s new Android Automotive-based infotainment system, the MY23 line-up adds power-folding rear headrests and a soft load net across the line-up, as well as new exterior paint options – called Black Stone and Bright Dusk.

All but the base variant also receive an Air Purifier for the cabin and a heated steering wheel as extra standard equipment.

Like the larger XC90, the XC60 range (and the wider Volvo line-up) is moving to a new nomenclature for its trim levels, starting with Plus, then Ultimate Bright and Ultimate Dark – replacing Momentum, Inscription and R-Design respectively.

Pricing

  • 2023 Volvo XC60 Plus B5: $72,990
  • 2023 Volvo XC60 Ultimate B5 Bright: $79,990
  • 2023 Volvo XC60 Ultimate B6 Dark: $86,990 (+$1000)
  • 2023 Volvo XC60 Ultimate T8 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid: $101,990 (+$1000)

Prices exclude on-road costs

Powertrains

A range of mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid four-cylinder petrol powertrains carry over for MY23.

XC60 B5 models are fitted with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine mated with a 48V mild-hybrid system. Outputs are rated at 183kW (5400-5700rpm) and 350Nm (1800-4800rpm). Volvo claims the XC60 B5 can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 6.9 seconds.

The more powerful XC60 B6 uses the same base 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo but adds an electrically-driven supercharger, referred to as an E-Charger by Volvo. This unit makes 220kW (5400rpm) and 420Nm (2100-4800rpm), dropping the 0-100km/h time to 6.2 seconds.

Finally, the top-spec XC60 T8 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid teams a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with an electric motor and 18.8kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

The petrol motor makes 223kW (6000rpm) and 400Nm (3000-5400rpm) on its own, while the rear-mounted electric motor develops 107kW (15,900rpm) and 309Nm (0-3280rpm). System outputs are 340kW and 709Nm, and Volvo claims the XC60 PHEV can sprint from 0-100 in 4.8 seconds.

All versions of the Volvo XC60 in Australia are all-wheel drive, and are fitted with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Efficiency

The XC60 B5 AWD uses a claimed 7.6L/100km on the combined cycle, with emissions rated at 174g/km of CO2.

The more powerful XC60 B6 AWD uses 8.0L/100km (combined), with emissions rated at 182g/km of CO2.

Finally, the XC60 T8 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid officially uses 1.6L/100km on the combined cycle, and emits 81g/km of CO2.

Volvo claims the PHEV can travel 77-81 kilometres in electric mode, and consumes energy at a rate of 19.0kWh/100km.

All models are fitted with a 71-litre fuel tank.

Dimensions

The Volvo XC60 measures 4708mm long, 1902mm wide and 1653mm tall, with a 2865mm wheelbase.

Cargo capacity in B5 and B6 models is quoted as 483 litres with the rear seats in use, while the T8 Recharge drops that slightly to 468 litres.

Braked towing capacity is 2400kg for B5 and B6 versions, with the T8 Recharge rated to tow 2250kg.

Servicing and Warranty

Like the wider Volvo line-up, the XC60 is backed by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty, with eight years of complementary 24/7 roadside assistance.

Recharge models are also covered by an eight-year hybrid battery warranty.

Volvo offers three- and five-year service plans for the XC60 range, priced at $1750 and $3000 respectively. Scheduled maintenance is required every 12 months or 15,000 kilometres – whichever comes first.

Safety

Petrol versions of the Volvo XC60 wear a five-star ANCAP safety rating based on Euro NCAP tests in 2017. Plug-in hybrid models remain unrated.

The XC60 scored 98 per cent for adult occupant protection, 87 per cent for child occupant protection, 76 per cent for pedestrian detection and 95 per cent for safety assist.

Standard safety features include:

  • Adjustable speed limiter
  • Adaptive cruise control incl. Pilot Assist
    • Active lane centring
    • Stop&Go function
  • Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
    • Forward and Reverse
    • Pedestrian, Cyclist and Animal detection
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic assist
  • 360-degree cameras
  • Front, rear and side parking sensors
  • Hill start assist
  • Hill descent control

Standard Equipment

XC60 Plus B5 highlights:

  • 19-inch diamond-cut alloys (NEW design)
  • LED headlights with active bending
  • LED front fog lights
  • 9.0-inch Android Automotive infotainment system
  • Satellite navigation incl. Google Maps
  • DAB radio
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Digital Service, 4-year subscription
  • Wireless smartphone charger
  • 4-zone climate control
  • Electric tailgate
  • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
  • Electric front seats with memory
  • Power-folding rear headrests (NEW)
  • Leather-accented upholstery

XC60 Ultimate B5 Bright adds:

  • 20-inch diamond-cut alloys
  • Head-up display
  • Air Purifier (NEW)
  • Heated steering wheel (NEW)
  • Heated front seats
  • Tailored instrument and door panels
  • Crystal gearshift

XC60 Ultimate B6 Dark adds:

  • 21-inch alloy wheels
  • R-Design exterior styling
  • Nappa leather upholstery ($NCO)

XC60 Ultimate T8 Recharge

  • Air suspension with Active Chassis
  • Bowers and Wilkins premium audio
  • 2-zone climate control
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Tyre repair kit
  • Tailored Wool Blend upholstery* (NEW, $NCO)

*Made from 30 per cent responsibly produced wool and 70 per cent polyester with contrasting white piping

Option Packages

Lifestyle Package with Harman Kardon: $3700 (B5 and B6)

  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Harman Kardon premium audio

Lifestyle Package with Bowers and Wilkins: $6100 (Ultimate)

  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Bowers and Wilkins premium audio

Climate Package: $850 (Plus B5)

  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated rear seats
  • Headlight cleaners

Colours

  • Black Stone
  • Crystal White*
  • Onyx Black*
  • Denim Blue*
  • Fusion Red*
  • Thunder Grey*
  • Platinum Grey*
  • Silver Dawn*
  • Bright Dusk*

*Metallic and pearl finishes cost $2050

WATCH: Paul’s video review of the XC60 Ultimate T8 Recharge

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James Wong

James Wong is the Production Editor at CarExpert based in Melbourne, Australia. With experience on both media and manufacturer sides of the industry, James has a specialty for product knowledge which stems from a life-long obsession with cars. James is a Monash University journalism graduate, an avid tennis player, and the proud charity ambassador for Drive Against Depression – an organisation that supports mental wellness through the freedom of driving and the love of cars. He's also the proud father of Freddy, a 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI .

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