Volvo has long been known for producing well-designed station wagons, but when it became obvious that wagons were out and crossovers were in, Volvo adapted, and gave the market the XC60. With comfortable seating for five and all-wheel drive, the XC60 follows the well-established luxury crossover template, competing with the Audi Q5 and Cadillac SRX.
For 2014, the XC60 receives a comprehensive facelift that gives it a smoother nose and a few new wheel designs, as well as body-color accents. The interior features Volvo’s new Sensus touchscreen infotainment system to replace the old unit, and the gauge cluster gets a new customizable thin-film transistor screen in lieu of dials.
The 2014 XC60 boasts a new look that fits in well with the rest of the freshened Volvo lineup. The XC60 strikes a good compromise between the current trend for swooping curves and a traditional, boxy SUV shape. Volvo’s traditional tall, narrow taillights finish off the rear nicely.
The interior also receives an upgrade, but it’s still instantly recognizable as a Volvo. Simple shapes are accented with wood and aluminum for a design that is both premium in look and feel as well as user friendly. A new-for-2014 touchscreen occupies the top of the center stack.
Under the Hood
The XC60 retains its familiar inline-six powerplants in both naturally aspirated and turbocharged forms. 3.2 models keep the 3.2-liter 240-horsepower engine; T6 models carry over the 300-horsepower 3-liter motor. R-Design versions tune the T6's inline-six to produce an extra 25 horses. All are hooked to a six-speed automatic, and all-wheel drive is standard on all but the base 3.2.
The front-wheel drive 3.2 achieves fuel economy ratings of 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. Expect to give up 1 highway mpg when you add all-wheel drive, and yet another mpg to upgrade to the T6.
No matter which powertrain option buyers choose, the XC60 is a competent performer, and in 325-horsepower R-Design guise, it’s downright quick, with a zero to 60 mph time of under 7 seconds. The tradeoff for this performance is a slightly rougher ride on the standard 20-inch wheels and sport suspension.
The 3.2 and T6 trims have a suspension setup more tailored for everyday use. The all-wheel drive system is designed more for sure-footedness in bad weather than serious off-roading, but 9.1 inches of ground clearance means that the XC60 can easily tackle the occasional dirt road.
The entry-level XC60 comes with a comprehensive host of standard features including a 240-horsepower inline-six that drives the front wheels (all-wheel-drive is an option), stability control, traction control, and Electronic Climate Control. Since this is a Volvo, after all, safety features are paramount, including Volvo's City Safety system, which can apply the brakes for the driver at speeds up to 30 mph to avoid a collision. Ultimately, however, the 3.2 serves as an excellent starting point, but leaves little room for personalization.
For when the Premier Plus just isn't enough, the 3.2 Platinum trim adds a navigation system with voice control.
The 3.2 Premier not only adds to the list of standard equipment, it also allows for much more customization of the XC60. Opting for the Premier allows for a choice of black, beige, or Espresso leather as opposed the the 3.2's standard black or beige "V-Tex" cloth. The leather can be paired with a choice of aluminum or walnut inlays on the dashboard and steering wheel. In addition, the Premier trim adds a panoramic roof, Keyless Go, a power passenger seat, and roof rails.
The 3.2 Premier Plus is a way for buyers to get nearly every bell and whistle that the XC60 has to offer (except navigation), without the added maintenance and thirst of the T6's turbocharged powerplant. The major additions to the Premier include a power tailgate, HomeLink garage door opener, and front and rear park assist.
The major advantage of the T6 comes in the form of an additional 60 horsepower over the base 3.2. All-wheel drive is also standard. Even the most basic T6 is equipped to match the "Premier" version of the 3.2, and on top of that, adds unique wheels.
As with any Volvo, checking the R-Design box on the options sheet adds a little extra design pizazz, with body-color side skirts, 20-inch wheels, and a unique front fascia. The interior gains a unique 3-spoke steering wheel along with special R-Design dash inlays and two-tone leather. The R-Design isn't just a pretty face, however. The turbocharged inline-six from the T6 gets a 25 horsepower boost, for a total of 325, and a standard sport-tuned chassis helps the all-wheel drive system put the power down.
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|Build & Price|
2014 Volvo XC60$29,982 | 2,737 mi
2013 Volvo XC60$30,990 | 24,524 mi
2013 Volvo XC60$32,988 | 18,214 mi
2013 VOLVO XC60$34,188 | 16,472 mi
2013 Volvo XC60$34,900 | 7,630 mi
2013 Volvo XC60$34,980 | 11,117 mi
2013 Volvo XC60$41,988 | 9,197 mi
2012 Volvo XC60$25,923 | 41,138 mi
2012 Volvo XC60$32,980 | 37,069 mi
2012 Volvo XC60$33,781 | 38,391 mi
2012 Volvo XC60$36,595 | 35,475 mi
2011 Volvo XC60$19,980 | 90,800 mi
2011 Volvo XC60$23,788 | no mileage
2011 Volvo XC60$23,994 | 53,776 mi
2011 Volvo XC60$24,948 | 79,411 mi
2011 Volvo XC60$24,988 | 51,956 mi
2011 Volvo XC60$27,999 | 46,846 mi
2011 Volvo XC60$29,200 | 50,884 mi
2011 Volvo XC60$29,769 | 40,406 mi
2011 Volvo XC60$29,980 | 47,037 mi
2010 Volvo XC60$18,300 | 86,000 mi
2010 Volvo XC60$19,985 | 74,629 mi
2010 Volvo XC60$21,495 | 79,541 mi
2010 Volvo XC60$21,799 | 57,222 mi
2010 Volvo XC60$22,800 | 61,148 mi
2010 Volvo XC60$23,994 | 68,846 mi
2010 Volvo XC60$24,990 | 47,170 mi
2010 Volvo XC60$27,883 | 45,600 mi
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