This compact luxury crossover SUV got the best of both worlds in that Swedish Volvo did most of the engineering and tuning whilst Land Rover UK developed its off-road capabilities. Consequently, the XC60 achieved a full 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating whilst also offering great handling in rough terrain. With the XC60 facelift remaining in production 2014-2017, the lighting technology used in these cars is however over 15 years old today.
Factory-fitted options included H7/H9 halogen and D3S/H9 bi-xenon headlights, made by Bosch/AL.
The halogen version features a reflector that produces an average light beam even when new. In many cases, its light output has been further compromised as bulb heat and general ageing cause the reflective layer to peel off.
The bi-xenon setup features a 3.0-inch projector, designed in the late 90s. This projector is known to lose its reflective layer right to the point where it becomes black inside, causing dangerously low light output.
Needless to say, buying new or used original headlights for your Volvo XC60 is not recommended. But there is fortunately no need for that. Whether your car was factory-fitted with H7/H9 halogen or D3S/H9 bi-xenon headlights, there are upgrade kits that will fit inside your existing headlights.
These complete retrofit kits not only provide you with superior brightness and durability; they are also more affordable than average Volvo XC60 xenon headlights with bulbs and ballasts, and since all components are brand new, they come with a 2-year warranty. Additional benefits over OEM headlights include Canbus-proof designs and effortless halogen-to-xenon conversions. What’s more, the levelling systems will work without any adjustments to the headlight connectors, and you can use any ballasts that you might already own to save further on xenon upgrades.
No matter which retrofit upgrade kit you pick, you will improve the light output considerably, making for safer and more enjoyable driving. And, of course, your Volvo XC60 will look awesome with the luxurious bright light of the latest xenon technology.