3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Volvo XC60

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Expert's Rating

4.6Excellent

MPG 18 City / 24 Highway
Pros
  • Powerful 6-cylinder engine options
  • Stylish exterior design
  • Stable at cruising speed
  • Above average handling for SUV
Cons
  • Only average fuel economy
  • Firm front seats
, Automotive Editor -
Although the higher ride height of the XC60 may allow its driver to climb over uneven terrain, it's as capbable off-road as you would be lead to believe.

Introduction

The Volvo XC60 - the automaker's compact crossover SUV - debuted in the 2010 model year and has been a relative threat to the market, thanks to its wide array of trim levels. For the 2013 model year, the body and driveline are all carryovers, as the only changes were some shifting of standard features within the trim levels.

The 2013 XC60 comes in an outrageous eight trim levels: 3.2, 3.2 Premier, 3.2 Premier Plus, 3.2 Platinum, T6, T6 Premier Plus, T6 Platinum and T6 R-Design. This wide array of trim levels give the XC60 a wide range of choices that allow it to compete with nearly any crossover SUV in its class.

The 3.2 lineup acts like the base level and adds in more standard features as it progresses through the Premier, Premier Plus and Platinum packages. The T6 lineup goes the same way as the 3.2 lineup, but it lacks the Premier package. The T6 R-Design package is a whole different animal, as it adds a touch of performance under the hood, on the exterior and inside the cabin. For a crossover SUV, the XC60 is relatively useful, as it can tow up to 3,300 pounds, holds 67.4 cubic feet of cargo and haul five passengers. The XC60 ranges in mpg, depending on the driveline chose. It ranges from 17 to 19 mpg in the city and 23 to 24 mpg on the highway.

Competition in the compact crossover SUV class is stout, so the XC60’s wide range of trim should help it cover all of the bases. First up on the list of competitors is the 2013 Audi Q5, which comes standard with a 211-horsepower, 2.0-liter engine, leather seating, 28 mpg highway and a 14-sspeaker, 505-watt, premium sound system. Next up is the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK350, which features a 302-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine, leatherette seating, 25 mpg highway and a 100-watt, six-speaker stereo system. Another competitor is the 2013 Nissan Murano, which comes standard with a 260-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine, cloth seating, 24 mpg highway and a six-speaker stereo system. The final competitor is the 2013 Ford Edge, which comes standard with a 285-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine, 27 mpg highway, cloth seating and a six-speaker stereo system.

Only scraping the surface of the compact crossover SUV realm yields plenty of competition, so the Volvo XC60 needs to pull all stops to draw customers away from better-known brands and into Volvo dealerships.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Volvo XC60
Starting price
$24,993

2013 Volvo XC60 3.2

Recommended for: Buyers that need a premium crossover, but not all of the luxury features

The 3.2 trim level is the starting point for the XC60 lineup, so it comes with only the basics that a buyer would expect, plus a few little bits of luxury here and there. Under the hood, it features a 3.2-liter in-line six-cylinder engine with 240 horsepower and links to a six-speed Geartronic automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. On the outside, the 3.2 trim level features: 7.5-by-18-inch "Merac" alloy wheels wrapped in 235/60R18 tires, power steering, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, hydraulic brake assist, Ready Alert Brakes, black roof rails, power door locks with keyless entry, front and rear skid plates, headlight washers, outside thermometer, power heated mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, rear wiper, daytime running lights, and Home Safe lighting. Inside the cabin, the 3.2 trim level features: T-Tec synthetic leather, whiplash protection seats, eight-speaker sound system with CD/DVD player, MP3 capabilities, auxiliary, iPod and USB inputs, 160-watt amplifier, SiriusXM and Bluetooth hands-free with audio streaming, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, auto-dimming rearview, brushed-aluminum inlays, cruise, dual electronic climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shifter, Volvo Sensus with 7-inch HD screen, and eight-way power driver seat.

2013 Volvo XC60
Starting price
$24,993

2013 Volvo XC60 3.2 Platinum

Recommended for: Buyers that want all of the high-end features without opting for the turbocharged engine

The 3.2 Platinum, just like the latter two 3.2 trim levels, adds onto the previous trim level: the 3.2 Premier Plus. It does retain the entire driveline from the Premier Plus, but it adds in several comfort and convenience features. On the outside, the 3.2 Platinum trim level tosses in a park-assist camera to help squeeze this Volvo into a tight space. Inside the cabin, it adds in a premium sound system with CD/DVD player, HD Radio, auxiliary, iPod and USB inputs, Dolby Pro-Logic II surround, 650-watt amplifier, and 12 premium speakers. The interior also features Volvo navigation with real-time traffic and a pair of free map updates.

2013 Volvo XC60
Starting price
$24,993

2013 Volvo XC60 3.2 Premier

Recommended for: Buyers that need standard AWD with their crossover

The 3.2 Premier trim level inherits most of the base features from the 3.2 trim level, but adds in a little more luxury. Under the hood and in the driveline, the 3.2 Premier is the same as the 3.2 trim level. On the outside, the 3.2 Premier adds in: silver roof rails and window trim, tinted rear windows, and panoramic roof. Inside the cabin, the 3.2 Premier trim level adds in: accessory-prep cable for the base radio, eight-way power passenger seat and keyless drive.

2013 Volvo XC60
Starting price
$24,993

2013 Volvo XC60 3.2 Premier Plus

Recommended for: Buyers that need the added convenience of a rear-view camera

The 3.2 Premier Plus takes the Premier trim level and adds in even more luxury and convenience item, but it retains the same driveline as the 3.2 and 3.2 premium. On the outside, the 3.2 Premier Plus trim level adds in front and rear parking assist, power tailgate, and dual active xenon headlights. Inside the cabin the 3.2 Premier Plus tosses in: cargo cover, rearview-mirror-mounted compass, HomeLink, grocery bag holder, power folding rear head restraints, and 12-volt power source in the cargo area.

2013 Volvo XC60
Starting price
$24,993

2013 Volvo XC60 T6

Recommended for: Buyers that want the extra pop of the turbo engine and leather seating

The XC60 T6 acts as the performance line, of sorts, for this crossover. It begins with the addition of a turbocharged 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder engine that creates 300 horsepower and 325 foot-pounds of torque. The T6 trim level’s engine hooks up to the same six-speed Geartronic transmission as the 3.2 line, but it comes standard with all-wheel drive. On the outside, the T6 trim level carries all of the same standard features as the 3.2 trim level, but and adds some extra luxury by throwing in: silver roof rails and window trim, tinted rear windows, 7.5-by-18-inch "Zephyrus" alloy wheels with 235/60R18 tires and panoramic roof. Inside the cabin, the T6 again carries the 3.2 standard trimming, but adds in an eight-way power passenger seat, leather seating and driver seat memory.

2013 Volvo XC60
Starting price
$24,993

2013 Volvo XC60 T6 Platinum

Recommended for: Buyers looking for a luxury crossover at a relatively low price

The XC60 T6 Platinum is just what you would expect, the T6 Premier Plus package with even more luxury and convenience items added in. On the outside, the T6 Platinum trim takes the T6 Premier Plus’ standard features and adds in a park-assist camera to help the driver park this crossover with ease. Inside the cabin, the T6 Platinum adds in a premium 12-speaker sound system with a 650-watt amplifier, CD/DVD/MP3/SiriusXM capabilities, iPod and USB connectivity, and Volvo navigation with real-time traffic.

2013 Volvo XC60
Starting price
$24,993

2013 Volvo XC60 T6 Premier Plus

Recommended for: Buyers looking for additional performance and a sub-luxury crossover

There is no Premier trim level for the T6 lineup, only a T6 Premier Plus, which adds some extra goodies to the inside and outside. On the outside, the Premier Plus trim adds in: front and rear parking assistant, power tailgate, and active dual xenon headlights. Inside the cabin, the T6 Premier Plus trim includes the T6 trimmings, plus: accessory-prep cable for the stereo, cargo cover, rearview-mirror-mounted compass, grocery bag holder, power folding rear headrests, HomeLink and 12-volt power port in the cargo area.

2013 Volvo XC60
Starting price
$24,993

2013 Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design

Recommended for: Buyers that require a little added performance from their crossover

The T6 R-Design takes the features from the T6 lineup and adds in some extra sportiness and luxury, giving the XC60 a great all-around feel. Under the hood, the T6 R-Design features an upgraded version of the T6’s turbocharged 3.0-liter engine, which allows the R-Design to punch out 325 horsepower and 354 foot-pounds of torque. The T6 R-Design features the same six-speed transmission and all-0wheel drive as the T6 lineup, but it does add in a sport-tuned suspension. On the outside, the T6 R-Design carries the T6 Platinum’s standard features, but adds in: R-Design grille, rear skid plate, silk matte side-view mirrors and twin chrome exhaust exits, side scuff plates, full-body color keying, and 8-by-20-inch “Cratus” alloy wheels. Inside the cabin, the T6 R-Design comes standard with the T6 standard features and adds in: R-Design leather seats with contrasting inlays, R-Design sport steering wheel, R-Design crosshatch inlays, hand-tufted R-Design floor mats and R-Design blue watch-dial-style instruments.

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