We’re not even halfway through the year, and Volvo is already cleaning up. Cars.com has just named the Volvo XC60 Best Luxury Compact SUV of 2018 in a vehicle segment comparison. The Volvo XC60 was nominated for Cars.com’s Best of 2018 Award in January.

For the Best Luxury Compact SUV of 2018 comparison, four Cars.com judges evaluated luxury Compact SUVs across 13 categories ranging from interior quality to handling and powertrain. The evaluation resulted in the following ranking:

  1. 2018 Volvo XC60
  2. 2018 Audi Q5
  3. 2019 Infiniti QX50
  4. 2018 Cadillac XT5
  5. 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
  6. 2018 BMW X3
  7. 2018 Lexus NX 300

According to the evaluation, “The XC60’s driving experience is merely fair, but its comprehensive technology, practicality and quality combine with safety features and value for a big win.” The vehicle scored 754 points out of a maximum 1,000. Here is more detail on how the vehicle ranked (as shown on the Cars.com website):

As you can see, the Volvo XC60 won by a comfortable 53-point margin.

Other recent winners of Cars.com SUV Challenges include the 2018 Ford Expedition, winner of Full-Size SUV Challenge; the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan, named Best Compact SUV of 2017; and the  2018 Volkswagen Atlas, crowned the Best 3-Row SUV of 2017.

Dealerships that offer these SUV makes and models may experience an uptick in queries from shoppers as the award gains public notice. Be ready to talk performance with your customers. And, naturally, the ranking creates a terrific opportunity for dealerships to actively discuss your rankings. Congratulations to the Volvo XC60!