Compare 2020 Volvo XC90 vs. 2020 Volvo XC60

2020 Volvo XC90 vs 2020 Volvo XC60
2020 Volvo XC90 2020 Volvo XC60


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2020 Volvo XC90 vs 2020 Volvo XC60

Serving Bend, OR

The Volvo XC90 and XC60 models are two of Volvo’s luxury SUV models in the United States market. The Volvo XC90 is categorized as a luxury midsize SUV, making its main competitors the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, Audi Q7, and BMW X5 models. The Volvo XC60 is classified as a luxury compact SUV, making its main competitors the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, Acura MDX, and BMW X4 models. Both models stack up tremendously well on paper against their competition, although the 2020 XC60 sits closer to the top of its class than the 2020 XC90 does. Nonetheless, these models are both similar to one another and are pretty affordable compared to the luxury SUV competition.


These models refer to their various powertrain options as T5, T6, and T8. The entry-level T5 option for both models is a 250 horsepower four-cylinder engine that averages 22 city and 29 highway miles per gallon, which are significant figures compared to other luxury SUVs. These figures drop by two points when you add the available all-wheel drive. The T6 engine options for this model is a supercharged four-cylinder engine that makes 316 horsepower. On the bigger XC90, this engine returns roughly 18 city and 26 highway miles per gallon, which are also significant figures for its class. The best option for the XC60 and XC90 models is the T8, which takes the T6 engine, and pairs it with an electric motor, creating a hybrid engine that can produce up to 400 horsepower.


The XC60 and XC90 are both built on Volvo’s SPA Platform, so they’re incredibly similar on the exterior. The main difference is in the dimensions of these models. The larger XC90 allows for more passenger space and cargo space than the XC60. However, the smaller frame of the XC60 allows for better maneuverability and a better response from the available engines. Your opinion of these models and which you like the best likely comes down to what size you want your new car to be.

The interiors of these models are also remarkably similar. These interiors both rank near the top of their respective classes for their minimalistic design and their high-end materials, including aluminum, leather, and wood accents.


The XC60 and XC90 models both come standard with Volvo’s Sensus Infotainment system, which includes a 9-inch display, and a long list of great features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, Bluetooth, and satellite radio. However, the higher price of the XC90 boasts more available features like a WiFi hotspot, a heads-up display, and more.

Both of these models have an ideally long list of standard safety features, especially the 2020 Volvo XC90. The XC90 comes with Volvo’s semi-autonomous driving system called Pilot Assist, a driver drowsiness monitoring, a rearview camera, parking assistance, and more. Both models are also capable of scanning their surroundings to check for pedestrians, animals, or other mitigating objects in the road and alerting the driver.

At Smolich Volvo, we can give you the most up-to-date information about each model, and we have tons of models for you to choose from. To test drive a Volvo XC60 or XC90, see us at our Volvo dealership in Bend, Oregon, today!

* Estimated city and highway mpg. See for fuel economy combinations. Estimated city/highway mpg based on base engine and transmission combinations. Your actual mileage will vary.

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