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Volvo XC60 T5 (2011)

by John Ewing,reviewed August 2011

There’s a new entry level model in the XC60 range, released coincident with other upgrades in the 2011 range.
This T5 variant slices the next model up’s price by $3500 but it’s front-wheel drive only rather than all-wheel drive as in other variants.

Despite the T5 name, a new four-cylinder direct petrol injection engine mated to a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox provides the power. Performance should satisfy most buyers’ expectations, while the DSG style gearbox is mostly smooth. Slight jerkiness on take-off and one-two shifts is detectable though.

The T5 offers secure roadholding and composed though firm ride. A spacious interior, integrated child booster seats in the rear outer positions, and good safety features add family appeal.
Volvo XC60 T5 2011


Handling, ride


Jerky gear shifts

Key features

Climate control, 17” alloys, leather trim, electric park brake, rear park sensors, power driver’s seat, integrated child booster cushions, Bluetooth, auxiliary/USB audio inputs, auto-dim interior mirror


Dual front/side/curtain airbags, ABS, EBD, EBA, ESC, TCS, City Safety Active Braking System, rain-sensing wipers

Car Details

Vehicle make Volvo
Vehicle model XC60 T5
Vehicle type SUV Over $40,000
Year 2011
Price when new $54,150 MLP
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars

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Engine 2.0-litre, turbo-charged, direct injection petrol, 4-cyl

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.