The Volvo XC60 shows some new design cues that will be applied to all future Volvos. This includes pumping up the visual volume with more expressive shapes and details, according to Volvo’s designers. The XC60 grille, and on all future Volvos, becomes more prominent with angled parking lights, and with headlamps that sweep up into the front fenders.
For the XC60, the lower body is wide and the stance strong, while the upper section of the car has a sporty, dashing design. The tail section is particularly impressive with tail lamps that cascade down from the corners of the roof and with a clever glass tailgate that can be opened any of three ways: full open, top section open or lower section open.
The big news is Volvo’s new “City Safety” is standard equipment with the XC60. City Safety is a unique feature to prevent low-speed impacts that are common in stop-and-go commuting. If the car is about to drive into the vehicle in front and the driver does not react, the car brakes itself. Click the link to read our report of this outstanding safety feature after our test – Volvo XC60 City Safety System Report
“We are the first manufacturer in the world to offer this type of feature as standard. City Safety clearly advertises that the new XC60 is the safest car Volvo has ever produced. The car is packed with our accumulated safety know-how and technology, both when it comes to preventing accidents and protecting all the occupants in a collision,” says Volvo CEO Fredrik Arp.
In addition to City Safety as a standard feature, Volvo included many other safety features as standard equipment with the XC60. Whiplash Protection Seating System (WHIPS), Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), side impact protection and airbags (SIPS, SIPSBAGS II), and Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC), Hill Descent Control (HDC) are all on the list of standard equipment with many others not listed.
The U.S. market only gets one engine, but the XC60 leads horsepower and torque in its class. With 281 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, the XC60 knocks over its class competitors such as the Mercedes-Benz GLK350, BMW X3, and the Lexus RX 350. Only the Infiniti EX35, with its 297 hp V6 has more power, but less torque (253 lb-ft). List price for the Infiniti EX35 with AWD starts at $33,300 compared to the XC60′s MSRP of $37,200. While the EX35 may be thousands cheaper on paper, you get less amenities, less safety equipment, and half the cargo area.
The new crossover from Volvo offers every safety feature—some standard, some optional—you can think of, plus one you probably wouldn’t. However, it’s also good to look at, readily identifiable as a Volvo, handsome within, reasonably agile, and capable of holding its own in the 0-to-60 department.
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