Consumer tastes have trended away from wagons to crossovers, and Volvo's model lineup reflects this sensibility. And the XC60 joined upscale competitors like the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 in 2010.
A mild facelift for 2014 brings some cosmetic updates—inside and out—but the XC60 continues with the same variety of engines that produce acceleration ranging from adequate to quick. Predictably for a Volvo, the XC60 offers best-in-class safety ratings. But there are surprises, too: Its handling, for instance, is better than you might expect from a car with its high center of gravity.