Hybrids & Electrics

This or That: 2020 Volvo XC60 Hybrid vs. 2020 Lexus RX Hybrid

Two of the most talked-about luxury SUVs for this year are the 2020 Volvo XC60 and the 2020 Lexus RX. Both of these SUVs boast elegance, enjoyment, and versatile hybrid powertrains. But, there are some key differences in how these vehicles perform. Here is what you should consider when making your choice.

2020 Lexus RX 450h

Starting price: $44,150

Many consider the Lexus brand to be in a league of its own. With Lexus, you get luxury that’s relaxed, understated, and with just the right amount of swag. The RX lineup specifically is known for comfortable, fancy driving. In regards to the luxury hybrid SUV class, the RX 450h has been a leading contender in this realm without much competition and is only available in all-wheel drive.

The 450h consists of a 3.5-liter V6 engine and an electric motor that generates a 308-horsepower. Together, the power sources work to provide a smooth and responsive ride. The RX 450h gets an overall 29 mpg which is pretty great. This SUV is more about providing comfort, and less about extreme acceleration, so that is something to keep in mind here.

Lexus does interior design well, and you will find that the RX 450h is pristine and welcoming. The leather seats are soft and the metallic trimmings add a bright touch. Another aspect of convenience that Lexus does well is fitting its newer models with broad safety and driver assistance features that come standard. Among the most notable driver aids are automated emergency braking and lane-keeping assist. 

When it comes to infotainment, the RX 450h has the features we are looking for such as Apple and Android connectivity, plus more advanced offerings including high- tech navigation. We have to say that overall, Lexus’ infotainment isn’t the most intuitive so you’ll want to take some extra time to get used to how these features work. 

2020 Volvo XC60 T8

Starting price; $53,950

Compared to the RX 450h, the Volvo XC60 T8 hybrid offers more power and performance, at a higher cost of course. This SUV is definitely more in your face when it comes to demonstrating luxury and its capabilities.

The XC60 is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motors that produce a 400-horsepower. You will also get all-wheel-drive with this model. The acceleration speed isn’t phenomenal but it’s decent. This hybrid also isn’t very fuel-efficient, which is kind of disappointing.

What the XC60 T8 does really well is being stylish and high-tech. Its exterior is handsome with square angles and the inside is modern and upscale. The in-car electronic features are nifty and include a large 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display. Infotainment also includes Apple and Android connectivity, and additional offerings like real-time traffic monitoring. It’s also important to mention that this system isn’t the most user-friendly either, but you’ll get the hang of it. 

The XC60 T8 also comes with desirable standard safety features such as automated braking and lane-keep assist. These demonstrate Volvo’s long-term focus on being a safe choice.

The final verdict

Both the RX 450h and the XC60 T8 are viable options in the evolving world of luxury SUV hybrids. Nevertheless, the RX 450h is the better choice when it comes to fuel-efficiency and comfort. If you want a ride with more force, then maybe the XC60 T8 is the one for you.