Wednesday, November 5, 2014


The Volvo XC60 is a luxury crossover vehicle that's offered with either front- or all-wheel drive. It's a mid-size vehicle, though by American standards it leans a little toward the compact end of the spectrum.

The 2014 Volvo XC60 is a 5-passenger crossover SUV model available in front-wheel-drive (FWD) and all-wheel-drive (AWD) versions, 10 trim levels, and a choice of two 6-cylinder engines. Competitors include the Acura RDX, Audi Q5, BMW X1, Infiniti QX50, and the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class.

The XC60's design leans toward the sophisticated side, with a contemporary front and a rather avant-garde rear. It's those vertical taillights that are the signature style of the XC60.

Options for the 2014 Volvo XC60 vary depending on the trim level selected, but highlights include rear child booster seats, myriad safety features, heated seats and steering wheel, wood trim, and a leather-clad dashboard.

Some standard amenities include dual-zone climate control, leather and aluminum interior accents, power driver's seat with 8-way adjustment and memory, Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio service, and 18-in. alloy wheels. Volvo also adds an infotainment system featuring a 7-in. display screen, and backs every XC60 with free factory-scheduled maintenance for the first 30,000 miles.

Buyers who opt for one of the 2014 Volvo XC60 3.2 models will be working with, as the name suggests, a 3.2-liter inline 6-cylinder engine that produces 240 horsepower and 236 lb.-ft. of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission is charged with delivering output to the front or all four wheels.

For T6 variants, Volvo employs a turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder that generates 300 horsepower and 325 lb.-ft. of torque. The same engine is utilized in the XC60 R-Design, though in that application the power ratings have been bumped up to 325 horsepower and 354 lb.-ft. of torque.

Volvo equips the 2014 XC60 with 6 air bags, front active head restraints, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, rain-sensing wipers, and a rearview camera (limited to higher trim levels). Options include forward-collision warning, pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane-departure warning, front and rear park-assist sensors, bright HID headlights, cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring and road-sign information systems, intelligent cruise control, and active high-beam headlights.

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