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2010 Volvo XC60 Review – Safety in a sexy package

Wednesday February 18th, 2009 at 9:22 AM
Posted by: Derek

2010 Volvo XC60
Styling

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.

2010 Volvo XC60 - HID headlights with Active Bending Light Volvo XC60 Distinctive LED tail lights on the Volvo XC60

Safety

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

gauge cluster with brushed aluminum inlaysauto braking by City Safety

“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.

Value

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.

2010 Volvo XC60

Conclusion

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.

Build Interior Performance Handling Styling Value Overall
Rating 4.5 4.0 4.5 4.5 5.0 4.5 4.5/A-

2010 Volvo XC60 Photo Gallery

Volvo XC60

2010 Volvo XC60 Specs

VolvoOfficial website for Volvo automobiles in the U.S. – www.volvocars.com/us/

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6 Responses to 2010 Volvo XC60 Review – Safety in a sexy package

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  3. Marco says:

    “Absolutely poor gas mileage in the city – 10-11 mpg. Comparing to my previous Volkswagen Passat 2.0T – never been less then 22 mpg in the city.”

    Look at truedelta or fueleconomy gov for more reliable info. You must have a lead foot.

  4. mp says:

    I have to disagree with the comment about the Volvo Nav system. WE have a 2003 S60 and a 2010 XC60 and the Volvo nav is the easiest, quickest, and has more features for finding facilities and destinations than any other factory nav we have ever seen. Our 2007 Cadillac STS has the worst factory nav we have ever seen. it is touch screen, so you can not see audio functions while in nav mode, you can not use the nav when the car is in motion, you can not set a destination and then find facilities along the route (like gas, rest stop, etc).

    The Volvo is quick and easy to use. And you are wrong also when you say only the driver can set a destination frome the steering wheel. The car comes with a hand held remote that anyone else in the car (front or back seats) can use to set the destination while the car is moving.

    We have use navs in Audi, Mercedes, GM, and Porsche. The Volvo is simply the best. It does not have voice commands, probably because voice commands rarely work unless the car is stationary and the engine is turned off. The Cadillac voice commands don’t work for the nav, or the windows, or the heater, or anything else.

  5. k.w says:

    they have diesel version! pretty worthy!!! :)

  6. Greg says:

    Absolutely poor gas mileage in the city – 10-11 mpg. Comparing to my previous Volkswagen Passat 2.0T – never been less then 22 mpg in the city.





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