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I’m looking to buy a 2020 XC60 T8 for my wife.

Is it worth purchasing the air suspension?


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Air suspension is absolutely worth it. My wife rates it one of her favorite features, especially after we had a loaner vehicle for a couple days that did not have it.

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Worthy of every penny of it. Love it.

And B&W if you care about music. :) Perfect for the quiet cabin of T8.

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Thank you both! I have a 2018 S90 T8 with B&W and will definitely purchase it for my wife.


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my 2 cents..I have a 2019 XC 60 T8 Inscription with no Air suspension and no B&W stereo.....I was given a 2019 T8 that had Air suspension and B&W stereo for a week. I told the sales manager,your just trying to make me regret not going with those 2 options,lol (They were fixing a small scratch) Air suspension was a tad bit nicer, but not something I have missed. And the stereo,sure it was a tad bit better, but the stereo in the Inscription is not the base model stereo. So for me, I am very happy I do not have air suspension and the B&W radio....$$ in my pocket. Just something you have to test drive. Another consideration in why I didnt want the air suspension...$$$$ to fix and I plan to keep this car for quite some time, so would prob be a negative when I went to sell it. Thats my 2 cents,lol
 

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I didn't get it, mostly because I didn't want the B & W stereo. I had trouble finding one with air suspension and NO B & W (which is great, but not something I need or would want).

I personally think the XC60 has a very stiff suspension. When I test drove the air suspension, it seemed way smoother.

I will likely lease another XC60 (I LOVE mine) when this lease is up. I expect I'll special order just to get the air suspension.
 

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I have it and had a loaner once without it and it was quite noticeable to me. if you do a comparison test drive make sure it's not only on good smooth roads.
Love the ability to raise and lower vehicle also.
 

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Love the ability to raise and lower vehicle also.
Hello there!

To be clear, are you referring to the buttons in the trunk that allow you to raise and lower the car for loading/unloading (and allegedly for helping with connecting the tow hitch)? As far as I'm aware, the only other way you can control the height of the car is if you set it in off-road mode (in which case suspension goes all up).

Unless I'm mistaken?

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I just wish the suspension would drop when parked on my drive. It only does the curtesy drop on level ground

See how high it is still

Going to have to get steps fitted so the wife can get out.

 

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Hello there!

To be clear, are you referring to the buttons in the trunk that allow you to raise and lower the car for loading/unloading (and allegedly for helping with connecting the tow hitch)? As far as I'm aware, the only other way you can control the height of the car is if you set it in off-road mode (in which case suspension goes all up).

Unless I'm mistaken?

Geoff
With air suspension the height of the car changes with the drive mode selector and the vehicles speed. Drive mode is the most obvious, and you’ll see an indicator that the car is moving up/down.

Power/Sport/Dynamic is the lowest/stiffest driving setting.
Pure is slightly higher and softer.
Hybrid/Comfort is slightly higher/softer than Pure for everyday driving.
Constant AWD (T8 only) seems to be the same height as Hybrid but with both ICE & ERAD both engages.
Off-Road raises the vehicle height significantly but has a 40mph speed limit.

I love having air suspension, it really lets me dial in the ride nicely as driving conditions change from one road to the next. I’ve not yet used the feature that lets you lower the car for loading gear, but I suspect that will come in handy for loading things onto the crossbars/roofbox.
 

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Yes I can change the ride height no issue. What isn’t happening is the curtesy drop, but only when the car is in my drive at 20°
 

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I’m looking to buy a 2020 XC60 T8 for my wife.

Is it worth purchasing the air suspension?


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I was fortunate enough to have an opportunity to drive about every permutation of the features I cared about prior to buying.

I found the air suspension to make a significant difference on the roads I took them over, and I'm very pleased I got it. I'd strongly recommend at least trying it out before you buy.

We passed on the B&W only because I wasn't hearing that much difference in the music I was listening to from the sources I was testing. Now that "HD streaming" is becoming a reality from multiple sources that may be a different story.
 

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I found the air suspension to make a significant difference on the roads I took them over, and I'm very pleased I got it. I'd strongly recommend at least trying it out before you buy.
I love the suspension for everything else and I would definitely recommend it to despite the sales guy saying it wasn’t worth it. It was one of the main reasons for swapping from an Inscription to an Inscription Pro (plus the other toys)
 

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I didn't get it, mostly because I didn't want the B & W stereo. I had trouble finding one with air suspension and NO B & W (which is great, but not something I need or would want).

I personally think the XC60 has a very stiff suspension. When I test drove the air suspension, it seemed way smoother.

I will likely lease another XC60 (I LOVE mine) when this lease is up. I expect I'll special order just to get the air suspension.
I only test driven non-air XC60 briefly, but it was OK. If you want to experience a really stiff suspension, take Audi Q5 for a test drive - you will feel each tiny bump on the road. Air suspension in XC60 is excellent and is well worth the cost.
 

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One thing to also keep in mind (sorry if it's too obvious!): I would think air suspension with the 19" rims would offer a softer ride than when it's paired with 22", so that's yet another data point to look at when testing out cars. Our XC60 actually being my wife's car, I knew she'd prefer the plushest ride, so I went with air suspension and 19" rims.

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One thing to also keep in mind (sorry if it's too obvious!): I would think air suspension with the 19" rims would offer a softer ride than when it's paired with 22", so that's yet another data point to look at when testing out cars. Our XC60 actually being my wife's car, I knew she'd prefer the plushest ride, so I went with air suspension and 19" rims.

Geoff
You are correct that the 19 inch tires will offer a softer ride.

All, glad to hear everyone’s opinions. Plan to do some test driving this weekend with my wife. She also wants to test drive a Lexus. I hope she picks the XC60 so we can have 2 Volvos in the garage.


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I have to say that I hate the RX and the NX both. Can't see out of them at all (horrendous visibility), no cargo capacity, dull handling, hideous styling, lousy infotainment.

Volvo isn't everybody's cup of tea and there are certainly vehicles in the class that night be better buys. Lexus is just a badge though.

Heck, I think the Toyota Highlander is a better overall vehicle then it's Lexus sibling.
 
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