2018 Volvo XC60 vs 2017 XC90: Differences in photo comparison

At first blush the second-generation Volvo XC60 and XC90 look very similar, and initially we thought they shared body panels, but in this side-by-side comparison we see that they don’t.

Both cars are based on Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), and naturally share similar styling traits.

2018 Volvo XC60 R-Design - front, blueXC60
Volvo XC90 second generationXC90
At the front, the XC60 and XC90 both have different headlights, grille, and front fascia treatments.
2018 Volvo XC60 - side, whiteXC60
Volvo XC90 second generationXC90
Possibly the most striking thing, and probably the biggest clue about their shared architecture, is the XC60's really short rear doors.
2018 Volvo XC60 R-Design - rear, blueXC60
Volvo XC90 second generationXC90
Out the back, both cars continue the Volvo wagon tradition of having a long thin stack of tail-lights next to the tailgate. While the XC90's looks a bit like a lacrosse stick, the XC60 has a more traditionally shaped set, but in this iteration they extend into the tailgate.
2018 Volvo XC60 - interior, dashboard, cream leatherXC60
Volvo XC90 second generationXC90
On the inside, the dashboard is 'same, same, but different'. Very clearly they're designed by the same team, and possibly share an underlying architecture, but the styling is subtly different. For example, the XC60 has longer, and thinner air vents than the XC90.
2018 Volvo XC60 - headXC60
Volvo XC90 second generationXC90
Under the skin, both cars share drivetrains, all featuring a 2-liter four-cylinder engine.
2018 Volvo XC60 - tailXC60
Volvo XC90 second generationXC90
There will be a D4 and D5 turbo-diesels, a T5 turbocharged petrol, T6 turbo and supercharged petrol, and a T8 plug-in hybrid with that the twincharger motor.
2018 Volvo XC60 - front seatsXC60
Volvo XC90 second generationXC90
As the XC60 has a shorter wheelbase and shorter overall length, it can only seat five, whereas the bigger XC90 has seven seats across three rows.
2018 Volvo XC60XC60
Volvo XC90 second generationXC90
Both the XC60 and XC90, as well as the S90 and V90, and presumably the S60 and V60 too, are available with a large high-resolution tablet-style infotainment display that has satellite navigation, climate control, and audio functions.
2018 Volvo XC60XC60
Volvo XC90 second generationXC90
Every car brand, nowadays, needs to have its own signature headlight beam. For Volvo, it's Thor's hammer, or flipped over Y-shaped LED driving lights.

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Joshua Thompson

Joshua Thompson

News editor — Joshua deals with numbers for a living, but cars are his lifelong passion. He loves all, from his dream Stingray through to his first car, a Mercury Tracer.