Volvo T5 Versus Volvo T6 Engines Explained

Volvo is known for being an innovator when it comes to style, safety, and performance. Volvo is also renowned for having some of the most advanced engines in the luxury vehicle world. Two of these top powertrains are the T5 and the T6 engine. Here is a look at the differences between these two powertrains.

Drive Systems

The T5 engine is available in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models. The T6 engine, however, is only available in all-wheel-drive models. With all-wheel-drive, the vehicle will have enhanced grip and control on the roads of Grandville.

Turbocharged Versus Twin-Charged

The T5 engine is turbocharged while the T6 is twin-charged, which means that the engine is both turbocharged and supercharged, providing ample power for Rockford, MI drivers. With the T6 engine, you will get more power thanks to the twin-charged system. However, both engines provide excellent performance.


The T6 engine will typically have more horsepower than the T5 engine. For instance, the T5 engine on the Volvo XC60 will have 250 horsepower, while the T6 engine will provide up to 316 horsepower.

Available Models

Both the T5 and the T6 engines are available in the S90, XC40, XC60, XC90, and other models. Also, note that the T6 engine will be available on the higher trim levels of many of these Volvo models.

If you are interested in taking a test drive of a new Volvo vehicle, please visit Betten Volvo Cars in Grand Rapids. They have all-new Volvo models in their current inventory available near Kentwood.

Which Engine is Right For You?

While both engines provide you with suitable performance, you may want to opt for the T6 engine if you are looking for more acceleration from the starting position. If you are looking for an engine with better fuel efficiency, then you will want to consider the T5 engine.

DrivetrainFuel OptionHorsepower
T4 OptionFWDGasoline-only187 Horsepower & 221 lb. ft. of torque
T5 OptionFWD or AWDGasoline-only248 Horsepower & 258 lb. ft. of torque
T6 OptionFWD or AWDGasoline-only316 Horsepower & 295 lb. ft. of torque
T8 OptionAWDRecharge Plug-In Hybrid400 Horsepower & 472 lb. ft. of torque
P8 OptionAWD Recharge Pure Electric BEV402 Horsepower & 486 lb. ft. of torque

The XC40 Recharge Pure Electric BEV compact SUV is Volvo's first all-electric model with 208 miles of range and 79 MPGe*. The XC40 range is also available in Gasoline-only T4 and T5 drivetrains.

Our XC90 and XC60 models are available in both PHEV and Gasoline-only drivetrain configurations (T8 Recharge Plug-In Hybrid and T5 or T6, respectively).

Our S90 and S60 sedans are available in both PHEV and Gasoline-only drivetrain configurations (T8 Recharge Plug-In Hybrid and T6 for S90, T8 Recharge Plug-In Hybrid and T5 for S60).

When driving the Pure Electric BEV and when driving the PHEV in Pure Electric mode, the vehicle has zero tailpipe emissions.

Visit Betten Volvo Cars to Learn More

Still not sure which powertrain is right for you? Visit our dealership near Grandville to take a test drive of your favorite Volvo model with both powertrains. Our friendly and knowledgeable team members can help you pick out the perfect option. We look forward to working with you soon!