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2018 Volvo XC 60 T6 AWD Inscription

Test Drive

Written by Marco Carvajal
Photos by Marco Carvajal

Volvo Cars has launched the all-new 2018 Volvo XC 60: a high technology wrapped in the muscular, toned exterior, together with the balance of sporty driving, comfort and safety. It’s available in 3 different trim levels: Momentum, R-Design and the luxurious Inscription. 

Let’s get the ultimate in-depth look at the 2018 Volvo XC 60 gas-powered T6 turbo-and-super charged T6 AWD Inscription

2018 Volvo XC 60 T6 AWD Inscription

5 seats

All-Wheel Drive (AWD) with Instant Traction


Eight-Speed Geartronic™ Automatic Transmission


2.OL Super & Turbo-Charged, Direct Inject Engine


315 HP

at 5700 RPM, and 295 lb.-ft. Torque @ 2200 RPM

Fuel tank Capacity

18.8 gallons

Fuel economy

21 city/27 HWY


Combined Estimated MPG

4.3 gallons per 100 miles


I am starting to test drive the new 2018 XC60 and I get excited to try all the new features and feel the interior and engine of this volvo. I always enjoy driving Volvo. As I drive the XC60 it feel as a very solid and strong car. I am driving the T6 AWD.

Swedish? Chinese? for me Volvo will always be a Swedish car, even if the company is now owned by a Chinese Multinational. The company maintains its original sweden-culture of making a beautiful luxury strong and very safe car. Volvo’s are luxury, very beautiful, but that is not their main strength, instead the company is more focus on building cars with great safety and elegance.

The all-new 2018 XC60 replaces the current XC60 which has been on the market for successful 9 years. It is a stylish SUV, comfortable for an active urban life as well as long distance travels. Every feature counts in this car, you won’t find here a “tech for tech sake”, but only the technology with purpose. Thus, the new XC60 Inscription offers:

  • 12.3” Digital Drive Display with Navigation;
  • CleanZone Automatic Air Recirculation in Polluted Areas
  • Driver-oriented interior with a clear Scandinavian design influence featuring natural materials
  • Keyless Entry & Drive Modes
  • Available Driftwood Inlay
  • 4-Zone Electronic Climate Control
  • Sensus Connect 9” Touchscreen ( Apple CarPlay & Android Auto Standard )
  • Glossy Chrome Framed Front Grill
  • Standard Panoramic Moonroof
  • Foglights in Front Spoiler
  • Keyless Entry with Door Handle Illumination
  • Available Laminated Side Windows
  • Rear Park Assist Camera & Power Tailgate with Foot Controlled Open/Close
  • Underwrap Doors

Some of the differences on the new XC60 T6 AWD Inscription is longer, wider, lower and has a longer wheel base than its predecessor. The Inscription has the full power seats, dressed up in leather, coming in many different colors, adjustable side support, ventilation, heating and massage. The sitting position is high enough to have a good road overview, yet you won’t feel like you are sitting on the car.

Volvo History

The Volvo Group is a Swedish multinational manufacturing company headquartered in Gothenburg City. In 1924, Assar Gabrielsson, a sales manager, and Gustav Larson, an engineer, decided to start construction of a Swedish car. They intended to build cars that could fit the country’s roads and its rough winters.

Even though Volvo Cars is being seen as the ultimate Swedish brand, it has been trying and collaborating with other famous world brands. In 1977 Volvo offered another Swedish automotive group Saab-Scania to combine operations, but got a refusal. Later was working together with a French manufacturer Renault. In 1991, the Volvo Group participated in a joint venture with Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors at the former DAF plant in Born, Netherlands. As a result of this collaboration, the first generation Mitsubishi Carisma was manufactured, alongside the Volvo S40/V40 (1996). During the 1990s, Volvo also partnered with the American manufacturer General Motors. 

Engine & Performance

The 2018 Volvo XC 60 T6 AWD Inscription comes with a powerful 4 cylinder engine turbocharged that will give you enough power similar to the one of 315 horses pulling at the same time, 315 HP.

  • Type: in-line 4-cyl. supercharged and turbocharged
  • Configuration: transverse, all-wheel drive
  • Displacement, L: 2.0
  • Engine management system: gasoline direct injection
  • Fuel, rec. octane: Premium 91 + Octane
  • Gearbox: automatic
  • Top Speed, MPH, Governed: 140


Model Price
2018 Volvo XC 60 T6 AWD Inscription $49,695
*The Total Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) includes configured options and destination fee

Leasing versus Financing

Lease Finance
$510 $794

the company’s Vision 2020 is “Nobody should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by 2020”

Safety Features

“When I was a young girl, I was in a severe car accident, and I was told at that time the reason why I’ve survived it, after the car flipped, was because it was… a Volvo”, – a remarkable compliment from the world famous photographer, Barbara Davidson.

It has been said a lot about Volvo’s safety vision. So what are they, the features which makes Volvo so safe?

Indeed, Volvo has proven its exceptional safety many times, and by 2018 it has come to the ultimate accident prevention, using a City Safety system, which has been launched in 2008. The advanced built-in camera is now capable of detecting pedestrians, cyclists, other cars and even large animals. In fact, the company’s Vision 2020 is “Nobody should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by 2020”. That is why the body of the new XC60 T6 AWD Inscription is designed for maximum strength around the passenger compartment and maximum energy dissipation in the front and rear crumple zones.

  • Roll Stability Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Lane Keeping Aid
  • Road Sign Information
  • Safety Belt Pre-Tensioners
  • Safety Belt Load Limiters
  • Automatic Unlocking in Collision
  • Collapsible Brake Pedal
  • Run-off Road Mitigation
  • Run-off Road Protection
  • Drowsy/Distracted Driver Alert Control
  • Accidence avoidance or mitigation with 37 MPH speed difference
  • Pedestrian, Cyclist and Large Animal Detection with Auto Brake & Brake Support
  • Energy Absorbing Seat Cushions
  • Inflatable Curtain Airbags
  • Front, Side & Knee Airbags
  • Forward Collision Warning, which includes • Short Brake Pulse • Audible Warning Signal • Warning in Driver Display or Head-Up Display

Is All-new 2018 Volvo XC 60 really so exceptionally good or is it a good marketing strategy?

Let’s compare other brands in the same class as Volvo XC 60 T6 AWD Inscription, and see the results.

Volvo XC 60 Audi Q5 BMW X3 Lexus NX Mercedes GLC
Emergency Crash Notification Standard

10 Years

Optional Standard 10 Years Standard

1 Year


6 Months

Lane Keeping Aid Standard Optional N/A N/A Optional
Run-off Road Mitigation Standard N/A N/A N/A N/A
Run-off Road Protection Standard N/A N/A N/A N/A
Oncoming Lane Mitigation Standard N/A N/A N/A N/A
Driver Alert Control Standard N/A N/A N/A Standard
Road Sign Information Standard Optional Optional N/A Optional
Automatic Braking After Collision Standard N/A N/A N/A Optional
Active High Beams Standard Optional Optional Optional Optional
Back Up Camera Standard Standard Optional Standard Standard
Blind Sport Information with Steering Assist Optional N/A N/A N/A Optional
Rear Collison Warning with Braking Optional N/A N/A N/A N/A
Cross Traffic Alert Optional Optional N/A Optional Optional
Adaptive Cruise Control Optional Optional Optional Optional Optional
Distance Alert Optional N/A N/A N/A N/A
360 Camera Optional Optional Optional N/A Optional
Collision Mitigation with Braking including:
  • Intersection
Standard N/A N/A N/A N/A
  • Cyclist
Standard N/A N/A N/A N/A
  • Pedestrian
Standard Standard Optional N/A Optional
  • Large Animal Detection
Standard N/A N/A N/A N/A

As we can see, the new Volvo XC 60 T6 AWD Inscription really cares about its customer’s safety. It has a numerous of already built-in features, which are essential for the safety inside and outside the car.


Volvo is beautiful but it doesn’t; stop the traffic, some people still don’t even know much about Volvo, but as you get to know this brand you will fall in love more in more with this Swedish car. If you are an SUV lover looking for a perfect blend of great performance, technology and style, then the new 2018 Volvo XC 60 T6 AWD Inscription is the right one for you. With a price close to $50,000 it is a great quality buy, a car that will last. With its Scandinavian touch in the interior and enormous endurance, the car will be perfect for long distance rides both on the highways and rural roads, as well as in the city. If you want a luxury car with a beautiful elegant but modes look then the XC 60 is a great choice. If you also want top of safety features, a strong engine and car that may stay with you for several years then the XC 60 is your SUV.

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Marco Carvajal has many years of experience in the editorial world, in the entertainment industry including events, cars, music and other fields. He also has wide experience in business, e-business and e-commerce. He is actively involved in the development of AutomotorPro.com and other affiliated car publications, from marketing and business management, to the editorial department as a contributing writer and editor for other writers. His passion for automobiles, travel and art, supports the development of AutomotorPro.com in an original and unique way, as a leader in the automobile editorial industry, nationwide in the United States and international territories. Marco graduated from the University of Miami, in addition to additional studies at other universities and institutions. In the field of business, he has created several enterprises and multinational projects related to publishing and entertainment. As a writer, the number one goal for Marco Carvajal is to be able to communicate clear information easy to understand for our subscribers, in an easy language, very detailed, about automobiles and lifestyle. He also likes to show a different perspective, with innovative style, about the information and characteristics of each car, mostly oriented to the daily life, about what each person may want learn about each car, thinking on the practical daily use of cars in real life. Marco Carvajal tiene muchísimos años de experiencia en el mundo editorial, en la industria del entretenimiento incluyendo eventos, autos, música y otros, así como gran experiencia en los negocios, e-business y e-commerce. Se envuelve activamente en el desarrollo de AutomotorPro.com, desde aspectos de mercadeo y manejo de negocios, hasta el departamento editorial donde también escribe y edita artículos de otros escritores. Su pasión por los autos, viajar y el arte, le ayudan a AutomotorPro.com a desarrollarse de una forma original y única, como un líder en la industria editorial automotriz a nivel nacional en Estados Unidos y otros territorios internacionales. Marco se graduó de la Universidad de Miami, además de haber realizado estudios y cursos en otras universidades e instituciones. En el área de negocio ha fundado varias empresas y creado varios proyectos multinacionales en el área editorial y del entretenimiento. Como escritor, la meta número uno de Marco Carvajal es lograr transmitir información sobre automóviles fácil de entender para los lectores, en un idioma sencillo, los más detallada posible. Además de lograr mostrar un lado diferente e innovador sobre la información y características de cada auto, principalmente orientado a lo cotidiano, a lo que cada persona puede aprender sobre cada automóvil, pensando en la vida diaria, en el uso de cada auto en la vida práctica.
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