Review and Test Drive: 2017 Volvo XC60

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Sink into the XC60’s seats: the traditional Volvo level of comfort and support keeps you firmly planted on winding roads without sacrificing their suitability for long drives.

Volvo has clearly mastered radar-based adaptive cruise control technology that works exceptionally well in various degrees of traffic. The driver-assistance technology works perfectly and as expected. After all, we’re talking about a car from the company that invented the three-point safety belt in 1959, the first rear-facing child safety seat, and the first child cushion booster, both in 1976.

Steering is precise and the driver gets good feedback from the front wheels and the ride is civilized. Given the tendency for automakers to increase the thickness of roof pillars on a regular basis, the narrow ones in the XC60 give the driver an impressive view without sacrificing safety, given that the XC60 performed very well in roof crush testing. The tall greenhouse results in the driver having greater visibility to the rear than is typical today.

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On a two-hour drive, our two rear-seat passengers remarked that they were grateful there wasn’t a passenger in the middle seat given that it was rather tight back there, but cargo room is exceptionally generous.

BOTTOM LINE

While the new XC60 will soon be out, based on Volvo’s excellent SPA platform, there’s still life left in the current XC60 to make it an excellent addition to your personal stable. The XC60 will keep you and your friends and family safe while they are ensconced in a really cool Scandinavian crossover.

THE DETAILS

  2017 Volvo XC60
Base price/price-as-tested $40,950/$42,340
Drivetrain Front engine, all-wheel drive
Engine 2.0-liter inline four
Horsepower/Torque 290 / 999
Transmission 8-speed
0-60 mph (seconds) (est.) 6.8
Fuel economy (mpg) (city/hwy) 23/30

 

(Photos: Accura Media Group)

 

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