Volvo XC60 vs. Volvo XC90: Which New Volvo SUV Prevails

Compare the Volvo XC60 to Volvo XC90 in Carlsbad, CA

Volvo SUVs have refined interiors with classy materials and an ergonomic, uncluttered design. They also have state-of-the-art driver-assist features that help you get around safely in Carlsbad, CA. The new Volvo XC60 and the new Volvo XC90 are two of the most popular SUV models at Volvo Cars Carlsbad. We've designed this comparison to help Oceanside drivers determine which Volvo luxury SUV suits them best.


If you're looking to drive a new Volvo SUV in Encinitas, CA, be sure to get one that rides comfortably on rough city streets. The new Volvo XC60 has a soft, gentle ride on its independent steel suspension. Available air springs make it handle even smoother. The XC90 stays fairly composed on most roads, but its ride can be rather stiff, especially in models with the larger wheels.

The smaller Volvo XC60 has a tighter turning radius than the XC90, so its easier to park and maneuver in Carlsbad.

Both the Volvo XC60 and the Volvo XC90 offer three powertrain options to get the power or fuel economy you desire. Vista, CA drivers will like that the XC90 can tow up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped. The XC60 is only rated to tow 3,500 pounds.

Despite being larger than the XC60, the Volvo XC90 gets slightly better highway fuel economy. Base XC90 models with front-wheel drive get 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The XC60 gets 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway with its standard engine and front-wheel drive.

Interior Feature Highlights

Since the Volvo XC90 is almost a foot longer than the Volvo XC60, it only follows that the XC90 has more passenger and cargo space. In fact, the new Volvo XC90 in Del Mar offers three rows of seats that comfortably hold up to seven people. The XC60 has two rows of seats that accommodate five.

The Volvo XC90 has class-leading cargo space. It has 15.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third-row seats, 41.8 cubic feet with these seats folded, and 85.7 cubic feet of room with all the back seats down. The XC60 has 22.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 63.3 cubic feet with the back seats folded.

If you like the look and feel of real leather upholstery, you'll prefer the new Volvo XC60 SUV in Oceanside. It comes standard with genuine leather seats, while the XC90 comes with synthetic leather upholstery. Nappa leather is optional in the XC60, and real leather is available in the XC90 for an added cost.


Both the Volvo XC90 and the Volvo XC60 come with the intuitive Sensus infotainment system. They also both come with Android Auto and Apple Carplay smartphone integration. However, Encinitas, CA drivers will like that the XC90 comes with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster to easily see important vehicle information. The XC60 doesn't offer a digital gauge cluster.

People in Vista, CA will appreciate that the Volvo XC90 comes standard with a power liftgate, wireless device charging, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Those features are optional on the XC60, so you must pay more to get them.


Both the Volvo XC60 and XC90 earned Top Safety Pick + awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. They both come with a plethora of helpful standard advanced active safety features.

Test Drive the New Volvo XC60 or the New Volvo XC90 in Carlsbad, CA

The new Volvo XC90 and the new Volvo XC60 are both first-class luxury SUVs with numerous amenities. Stop by Volvo Cars Carlsbad and test drive your favorite model today.

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