2014 Volvo XC60 Review

April 3, 2014
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Your decision on whether to get a 2014 Volvo XC60 as your next family crossover depends on what you really need. For example, the luxury SUV’s got style, technology and ride comfort. If these things are important to you and you’re willing to spend a few more bucks, go get an XC60. But since it doesn’t return impressive fuel economy, you might want to check out the rivals first.

NEW FOR THE 2014 XC60

  • restyled front fascia
  • updated interior
  • upgraded all-wheel drive system
  • Corner Traction Control
  • optional adaptive digital display
  • Sport Package

UNDER THE HOOD

There are three engines in the 2014 XC60 lineup. The one that sits under the hood of the XC60 3.2 is a 3.2-liter 6-cylinder that makes 240 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. It comes standard with front-wheel drive system and a 6-speed automatic transmission. You can also opt for all-wheel drive.

The XC60 T6 is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine that generates 300 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. A 6-speed automatic is also standard but it only works with all-wheel drive.

The same engine powers the T6 R-Design. But this time, it comes with more power at 325 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. This power is distributed to all of the XC60’s wheels by a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The 2014 Volvo XC60’s fuel economy is rated as follows:

Model City/Hwy MPG
3.2-liter 6-cyl, FWD 18/26/21
3.2-liter 6-cyl, AWD 18/25/20
3.0-liter 6-cyl, AWD 17/24/20

 

ON THE ROAD

Like with other vehicles that offer a number of engine and transmission choices, the XC60’s performance depends heavily on what powers and supports it from underneath the skin. In any case, you’ll get both performance and comfort from the XC60.

The 3.0-liter 6-cylinder in TS models is smoother than the 3.2 and delivers power more enthusiastically. The latter is obviously slower. The XC60 becomes quicker than most competing small luxury crossovers with the R-Design tuning.

As for ride comfort, it offers one of the best in the class. The Volvo crossover is not that sporty, though, in turns but it is generally stable and confident. The new Corner Traction Control System does its job well of enhancing the XC60’s stability and cornering abilities. It, however, makes the T6’s ride stiffer.

INSIDE THE 2014 XC60

The XC60’s cabin lives up to the vehicle’s “luxury” label. Both the materials and the overall appearance are upscale. This is the result of Volvo’s sincere efforts in improving their vehicles’ interior quality. Aluminum and leather trims are standard and they blend well to give the XC60’s cabin an inviting feel.

The rear seats are not that spacious, though. Headroom and legroom are acceptable but other small crossovers certainly have more to offer. The maximum cargo space is 67 cubic feet, a good number, and this is made possible by the standard 40/20/40 split folding rear seat.

KEY FEATURES

The 2014 Volvo XC60 has four models which can be equipped with the three available trim levels and packages.

The XC60 3.2 is standard with LED daytime running lights, driver information system, rear fog lights, tunnel detection, aluminum interior trim, Bluetooth, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, HD radio, auxiliary audio inputs, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, cloth upholstery, 8-way power driver seat with lumbar support, rear-seat center armrest with cup holders and storage, satellite radio, 40/20/40 split folding rear seat, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The XC60 T6 comes with auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather seats, and 8-way power front-passenger seat with lumbar support.

The T6 R-Design model adds R-Design-specific interior trims, headlight washers, R-Design exterior trim, 20-inch alloy wheels, and sport chassis.

The Premier trim, which is standard on the T6, includes auto-dimming rearview mirror, adaptive digital TFT display, keyless drive with personal car communicator, power passenger seat, leather seats, and panoramic rood with power sunshade.

The Premier Plus trim adds power tailgate, digital compass, and rearview camera.

The Platinum trim offers more with premium audio system, accent lighting, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, and navigation system with voice control.

Optional features are grouped in packages. Some of these are sport seats, wood interior trim, leather-covered dashboard, blind sport warning system, adaptive cruise control, heated seats, heated steering wheel, and active high beam.

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