SENIOR MOTORSPORTS EDITOR MAC MORRISON: I wouldn't be entirely happy with an XC60 without the turbocharged inline six-cylinder, but with it Volvo offers a stylish, reasonably powered, sleek and clean-looking midsized crossover/SUV that rides smooth and looks the part of a relatively up-level cruiser/commuter.
It's easy to appreciate some of the minor changes to the 2014 model, including the revised front fascia and some small touches to the interior's markings and lighting. The optional Inscription package's leather is top-notch and inviting, and this XC60's overall presentation and driving characteristics had me describing the experience several times as “warm and inviting,” while at the same time providing sure-footed, confidence-inspiring performance in snow and icy conditions.
Acceleration is neither notably quick nor slow but rather what you'd expect in an upgraded Volvo. The steering is comfortable and well assisted without feeling overly synthetic or overboosted, though handling doesn't necessarily excite. Instead, you get a solid, family-oriented ride that never tires driver or passengers.
Drives in modern Volvos always make me remember the line from the 1990 movie “Crazy People.” Nervous-breakdown victim/advertising man Emory Leeson (Dudley Moore), devises the brilliant campaign, “Buy Volvos. They're boxy, but they're good.” The boxiness is long gone, but the 2014 Volvo XC60 is certainly good enough to compete with the competition in a class offering several solid choices.
SENIOR ROAD TEST EDITOR NATALIE NEFF: Volvo interiors are some of my favorite places to spend time, automotively speaking. The clean, Scandinavian design ethos that guides Volvo interior stylists make for a serene, clutter-free environment, and I have to agree with Mac, the Inscription package in this particular model made the cabin that much more enjoyable. I really loved the seats (even if I would prefer them in non-leather), and the matte-finish linear wood inlays that come as part of the package give the interior a rich, if minimalist, touch.
Drive-wise, the Volvo performs nicely. I really like the feel of the steering wheel, its heft in hand and the weight in operation. Power from the turbocharged straight-six is more than adequate. The XC60 is a bit on the heavy side, but 300 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque are more than up to the task of motivating the midsizer. The six-speed automatic shifts pretty well, too, letting you stomp on the gas and get moving in quick fashion.
The overall size of the XC60 suits me perfectly, as well. It's on the compact side but still offers plenty of space for installing a rear-facing car seat in back (even if other rear-seat passengers are pretty squished) and hauling an oversize stroller in the cargo hold. If given a choice, I'd probably ultimately opt for the V60 wagon over its ute counterpart, but if someone told me that I'd have to live with this for the next 10 years, I wouldn't cry.
2014 Volvo XC60 T6 Platinum
Base Price: $42,465
As-Tested Price: $53,215
Drivetrain: 3.0-liter turbocharged I6; AWD, six-speed automatic
Output: 300 hp @ 5,600 rpm, 325 lb-ft @ 2,100-4,200 rpm
Curb Weight: 4,225 lb
Fuel Economy (EPA City/Highway/Combined): 17/24/20 mpg
AW Observed Fuel Economy: 18.3 mpg
Options: Platinum package including navigation system with real time traffic, Volvo premium sound system, accent lighting, auto dimming exterior rearview mirrors, power retractable exterior mirrors, power operated tailgate with memory setting, rear park assist camera, quick-fold front passenger seat, HomeLink integrated garage door opener, digital compass, cargo cover, grocery bag holder, 12V power outlet in cargo area, electric folding rear headrests ($4,000); Inscription package including sovereign hide leather upholstery, anthracite black headliner, leather covered dashboard, power lumbar support, inscription branded aluminum treat plates, inscription branded floor mats, leather front tunnel storage cover, linear wood inlay ($2,300); technology package including adaptive cruise control with queue assist, collision warning with full auto brake, pedestrian/cyclist detection with auto brake, distance alert, driver alert control, lane departure warning, active high beam road side information ($1,500); blind spot information system package including blind spot information system, cross traffic alert, lane change merge aid, front and rear park assist ($900); 20-inch AVIOR alloy wheels ($1,000); metallic paint ($550); heated front seats ($500)
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