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.
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