Top 10 Volvo Cars With Great Fuel Economy


The Volvo cars are known for their safety, reliability, and durability. Volvo Cars put their first priority in safety that’s why their entire model’s lineup is rated high on safety and crash tests. coupe’s, saloons, estates, or SUVs come fitted with high-end material and technology and are among the safest cars in the world. This results in the company having a tendency toward engines built for long trips instead of excitement. 

In this article, we’ve listed the top 10 Volvo cars with great fuel economy. If you need a sedan, wagon, or SUV for family use, a hybrid or electric vehicle for increased fuel efficiency you’ll find your road trip-ready car here.

Volvo V40 (Wagon)


The Volvo V40 is a small family car and premium wagon that was manufactured by Volvo from the year 2012 to 2019.

The V40 wagon has a very good safety rating, equipped with A-pillars feature as standard and it was the first vehicle from the Volvo lineup to feature a pedestrian airbag that guards people against hitting the windscreen. The other standard safety features equipped in Volvo V40 include blind-spot monitoring. Other optional features include Lane Keeping Aid, Lane Departure Warning, Road Sign Recognition, Active High Beam Control, Forward Collision Warning, Collision Warning with Auto Braking, ABS, EBS, Adaptive Cruise Control, Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection, and more.

Interior features of the Volvo V40 include a 7.0-inch multimedia touchscreen, an 8-speaker sound system with DVD/CD player, sat-nav, internet connectivity, reverse camera, and digital radio. Other standard features include front and rear parking sensors, an automatic parking system, proximity key entry, leather upholstery, power-adjustable driver and front passenger seats, dual-zone climate control, 17-inch ‘Sarpas’ alloy wheels, and leather-trimmed steering wheel.

V40 comes in different grades such as T2, T3, T4, and T5, both these grades come fitted with petrol and diesel engines. Volvo V40 manufactured from 2012-2015 comes fitted with T2, T3, T4 1.6L EcoBoost I4, T4 2.0L B5204T9, T5 2.5L B5254T12/T14 I5 while 2015–2019 models fitted with Drive-E 1.5L VEP4 I4, and Drive-E 2.0 L VEP4 I4 petrol engines and 2012-2015 models comes fitted with diesel engines such as D2 1.6L PSA DV6 I4 and D3, D4 2.0L Volvo D5 I5 while 2015-2019 models fitted with single-engine choice Drive-E 2.0 L VED4 I4. Both these engines are linked to a 6-speed Volvo M66 manual, 6-speed Powershift, 6-speed Aisin TF-80SD automatic, 6-speed Aisin TF-71SC automatic, or 8-speed Aisin TG-81SC automatic. These engines have an average consumption of 18 km/L.

Volvo S60 (Sedan)


The Volvo S60 is one of the compact executive luxury sedan cars in the Volvo lineup. The S60 has been in production for 3 generations, with the first released between the years 2000-2009, the second between 2010-2018, and the third from 2019 to the present.

The S60 is available in 6 grades namely the T5 Inscription Platinum, Cross Country, T6 R-Design, Polestar, T5 Dynamic, and T5 Inscription.

The base T5 Dynamic is equipped with features such as Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system, a USB port, a 7-inch display, Bluetooth, and an 8-speaker sound system. Other standard features include a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, and leather seats. Higher trims come with extra features such as power sunshades for the 3 rear windows, a Harman Kardon sound system, navigation, heated front, and rear seats, sport seats, a DVD player, proximity key, push-button start, and walnut inlays.

Standard safety features include Volvo’s City Safety with automatic emergency low-speed braking and a rearview camera. Optional safety features include blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, collision warning with automatic emergency braking, parking sensors, pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane-keep assist, and a driver alert monitor. The S60 is equipped the similar engines and transmission as the XC60. Fuel economy is around 9.9km/L to 16.9km/L.

Volvo V60 (Wagon)


The Volvo V60 is a compact luxury wagon. The V60 was first introduced in 2010, received a facelift in 2014, and is currently in its 2nd generation since 2018. The V60 is sold in 3 main grades: Dynamic, Cross Country, and R-Design.

The Dynamic model comes equipped with a 7-inch touch screen, Sensus Connect infotainment system, an 8-speaker stereo, a moonroof, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, HD Radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, low-speed forward collision warning, and an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat. Optional features include a 12-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, rear parking sensors, navigation, forward collision warning, a rearview camera, fully automatic emergency braking, pedestrian and cyclist detection, a power-adjustable front passenger’s seat, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and adaptive cruise control. Upper trims come with extra features.

The V60 comes fitted with either one of two (T5 and T6) engines. The Dynamic and Cross Country grades are fitted with the T5, while the Polestar and R-Design trim come with the T6.

T5 models are fitted with a 2.0L I4 turbocharged engine that generates 240 hp. The T6 on the R-Design is a turbo- and supercharged 2.0L I4 engine that generates 302 hp, and the T6 on the Polestar model generates 362 hp. These engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy for Volvo V60 is around 10.1km/L to 17.2km/L.

Volvo XC60 (SUV)


The Volvo XC60 is a crossover SUV and compact luxury car manufactured by Volvo from 2008 to the present. There are 2 generations of the XC60 with the 1st generation produced from 2008 to 2017, and the 2nd generation one produced from 2017 to the present.

The Momentum grade is fitted with lots of standard safety and technological features with the higher grades mostly having extra luxury touches.

Standard features include Android Auto, a 9-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, 10 speakers, Bluetooth, voice commands, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, a panoramic moonroof with a power sunshade, and an in-cabin air filtration system.

The Inscription grade comes with extra quad-zone automatic climate control, genuine leather upholstery, a hands-free power liftgate, a navigation system, and driftwood trim while the R-Design comes with special Nappa leather sport seats, grille, and wheels.

Standard safety features include lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, a driver drowsiness monitor, active high-beam headlights, collision mitigation with active braking, automatic braking after a collision, a rearview camera, and run-off road mitigation and protection.

Under the bonnet, the XC60 comes fitted with a 2.0L turbocharged petrol engine with 250 hp, a 2.0L twin-charged petrol engine with 316 hp, or a 2.0L twin-charged petrol engine attached with an electric motor (PHEV) with 400 horsepower. These engines transfer power to the wheels via 8-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive drivetrain. Fuel consumption for this model is around 9.3 Km/L to 12.3 Km/L.

Volvo V90 (Wagon)


This is a mid-size luxury wagon manufactured and marketed by Volvo since 2016. In March 2016 the V90 wagon was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show. The V90 is offered with numerous grade levels. The V90 Cross Country is a raised height and previewed before the 2016 Paris motor show, The V90 AWD version is designed for use on rough terrain, for light off-road usage, and unsealed roads.

Under the bonnet, the Volvo V90 is only available with 4 cylinder 2.0L petrol and diesel engines from the VEA family (DRIVe).  The T8 is a plug-in hybrid model and more powerful petrol engines that are compound charged. The D5 model diesel engine features Volvo’s new PowerPulse technology that is designed to eliminate turbo lag as well as an i-Art injection system.

The V90 wagon comes fitted with several safety features including Anti-lock brakes, Stability Control, Front-impact airbags, Side-impact airbags, Overhead airbags, Knee airbags, Pretensioners, Anti-whiplash, Security system that helps anticipate and/or detect unwanted vehicle intrusion. 

The fuel economy is around 12.63 km/L to 17.64 Km/L for petrol engines, 16.24 km/L to 21.43 km/L for diesel engines, and 41.41 km/L to 149.91 km/l for plug-in hybrid petrol engines.

Volvo XC90 (SUV)


The Volvo XC 90 is a midsize and luxury SUV manufactured by Volvo from 2002 to the present. There are 2 generations of the XC90, with the first falling from 2002 to 2015, and the second from 2015 to the present (2021).

The Volvo XC90 is available in T5, T6, and T8 grades that have 3 seating configurations. The T5 is a 5-seater, while the T6 and T8 grades are 7-seaters. The seats are supportive and comfortable, with the back seats capable of reclining and sliding back. The seats have plenty of head and legroom, but the 3rd row is not that large. Standard features include power-adjustable front seats. Optional features include massaging and cooling seats, heated front and rear seats, leather upholstery, and front-seat power-adjustable cushion extensions.

The XC90 comes equipped with standard features including navigation, satellite radio, a 10-speaker sound system, a 9-inch vertically mounted touch screen infotainment system, Bluetooth, dual-zone automatic climate control, a USB port, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Optional features include 4-zone automatic climate control, a 12.3-inch gauge cluster display, Apple CarPlay, a touch screen that controls reclining, a center console with a beverage cooler, and the cooler’s temperature.

The XC90 comes with 3 optional engine capacities. The 2.0L I4 turbocharged petrol engine with 250 hp, 2.0L I4 twin-charged petrol engine with 316 hp, or 2.0L I4 twin-charged petrol engine combined with an electric motor (PHEV) with 400 hp. These engines are linked to an 8-speed automatic transmission with a fuel economy between 6.3km/L to 10.9km/L.

Volvo V70 (Wagon)


The Volvo V70 is an executive car manufactured by Volvo Cars from 1996 to 2016 across 3 generations. The nameplate V70 include the letter V, standing for versatility, and 70, denoting relative platform size such as a V70 is larger than a V40 but smaller than a V90.

In November 1996 the 1st generation from 1996 to 2000 debuted. It used the P80 platform and was available with all-wheel (AWD) and front-drive a few years later marketed as the V70 AWD. In September 1997 Volvo introduced a crossover version called the V70 XC or V70 Cross Country.

In spring 2000 the second generation (2000–2007) debuted and used the P2 platform and, as with its forerunner, was also offered as an all-wheel-drive model marketed as a crossover version initially called V70 XC and the V70 AWD. The XC70 was renamed for the 2003 model crossover. 

In February 2007 the third generation (2007–2016) debuted and this was based on the P3 platform and marketed as the XC70 and the V70. On 25 April 2016 the production of the V70 ended, the XC70 continued until 13 May 2016. 

The V70 comes fitted with several safety features such as a driver airbag which was standard on all V70 models, Seatbelt pretensioners with load limiters, for both front passenger and driver, Side Impact Protection System (SIPS) were always part of the standard equipment.

The 3rd generations (2007-2016) comes fitted with several engine capacity which is available in petrol and diesel such as 1.6–2.0L I4, 2.0–2.5L I5, 2.9–3.2L I6 produces 107kW–224kW petrol engine, 1.6–2.0L I4, 2.0–2.5L I5 produces 85kW–158kW diesel engine. All these engines are linked to a 5-speed Ford MTX75 manual, 6-speed Ford MMT6 manual, 6-speed Volvo M66 manual, 6-speed Ford MPS6 automatic, 6-speed Aisin TF-80SC automatic, or 8-speed Aisin TG-81SC automatic.

The V70 fuel economy varies between 8.6 Km/L for 2007 Volvo V70 III 3.2i (238 Hp) AWD Automatic) and 23.2 Km/L, 2013 Volvo V70 III 2.0 D4 (181 Hp).

Volvo S90 (Sedan)


The Volvo S90 is a premium sedan manufactured by Swedish automaker Volvo Cars from 2016 and the Volvo V90 is its estate model. The model year of 2017 was available as a short and long-wheelbase sedan as well as an estate model. 

While not a direct predecessor to the 2nd generation S80, the S90 swaps it as the flagship sedan in Volvo’s lineup. Numerous grade levels are available, ranging from Momentum to Inscription. 

The S90’s interior is by far its most exciting feature. A mixture of open-pore wood, brushed metal, finely grained plastics, genuine leather, and high-end materials comes together in an undeniably modern and cohesive space. The S90 sedan will meet the needs of most owners and drivers, and models with the folding back seat back provide a vast cargo area.

The S90 comes fitted with a long list of driver-assistance features and Volvo provides most of it as standard equipment. The key safety features include standard automated emergency braking with forward-collision warning, standard lane-keeping assist, standard adaptive cruise control, and Google built-in.

According to the EPA, models equipped with the B6 powertrain have fuel economy ratings of 9.77 Km/L in the city and 13.1 Km/L on the highway while the hybrid Recharge models earn a rating as high as 26.7 Km/L combined. The plug-in hybrid offers 13.6 Km/L.

Volvo XC70 (SUV)


The Volvo XC70 offers a deluxe cabin lined with fine materials, soft leather, genuine wood trim, and high-end materials. The Volvo XC70 powered by an intercooled turbo regular unleaded I-5 2.5L with an MPI generates a maximum of 250 hp at 5400 rpm with a maximum torque of 266 Nm at 1800 rpm.

The vehicle comes fitted with several features including power Rear windows and fixed 3rd Row windows, mobile hotspot internet access, leather/aluminum steering wheel, front & rear cupholder, and valet function.

This model comes fitted with numerous safety features such as DSTC electronic stability control (ESC), ABS and driveline traction control, side-impact beams, dual-stage driver and passenger seat-mounted side airbags, on-call plus emergency SOS, city safety, collision mitigation-front, blind spot, and lane departure warning.

According to the EPA fuel economy varies between 8.0 Km/L in the city, 11.0 Km/L on the highway, 9.3 Km/L combined.

Volvo S80 (Sedan)


The Volvo S80 is an executive luxury sedan manufactured by Volvo. There are 2 generations of the S80, with the first manufactured from 1998 to 2006, and the second manufactured from 2006 to 2016.

The S80 is a 5-seat car. Its front seats offer good support and are comfortable. The back seats are pleasantly contoured and lavish. It comes with standard heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats as an option, and leather upholstery.

The S80’s interior is dressed with top-quality materials. The interior of the S80 consists of a satellite radio, a 7-inch infotainment screen, a navigation system, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a USB port, and a Harman Kardon audio system is available as an option.

Like many Volvo’s, the S80 has a very good safety rating. It comes with numerous safety features including Volvo’s City Safety system with automatic braking and front and rear parking sensors. Other available safety features include a rearview camera, adaptive headlights, blind-spot monitoring, and a safety package that includes forward collision warning with full-speed brake assist, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and road sign detection.

The 2016 model S80 comes fitted with a 2.0L I4 turbocharged with 240 hp and 258 lb-ft. This engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The all-wheel-drive and inline 6 engine models were dropped for the 2016 model. Most of Volvo S80 fuel economy varies between 6.6km/L to 13.7km/L.

Final Verdict

Volvo cars are one of the top cars known for their durability, safety, and reliability. In this review, we can prove that notion, as most of the cars that we reviewed here have very good fuel economy, durability, reliability rating, and good safety.

We hope this piece of article will help to give you proper guidance in selecting one of the Volvo models reviewed above to make a good decision. We have all Volvo models in our store and visit BE FORWARD.



Written by: Josephat Lukaza

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