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2010 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD: Style With Substance

January 11, 2011

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The 2010 Volvo XC60 has reached the end of its term with us and we're all sad to see it go. It did so many things well - commute, trek, carry, haul, motor, and cruise. But I'll miss it especially because of its style.

There's more to the XC60's look than just its graceful combination of the usual European-style themes, though. It has style without silliness, which is more than you can say of utility vehicles executed recently by BMW (X6), Mercedes-Benz (GLK) and Porsche (Cayenne).

I'd argue that the ideal of utility helps Volvo resist the extravagance of the German brands. A vehicle is what it does as well as what it looks like, the Swedes remind us. And in a world where so much has the sickly sweet odor of marketing, such appreciation for utility is refreshingly honest.

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor, Edmunds.com

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2010 Volvo XC60: Pedestrian Detect with Full Auto Brake

January 03, 2011

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Volvo has long been at the forefront of automotive safety technology -- our XC60 is loaded with it, from City Safe to lane departure warning to Driver Alert Control. For 2011, the XC60 gets a new feature designed to protect pedestrians.

Called Pedestrian Detect with Full Auto Brake, this system uses radar and camera technology to keep an eye out for pedestrians in front of the car. If pedestrians are detected, the system issues a warning to the driver, and if the driver ignores that warning, the system applies the brakes.

Yeah, yeah, I know -- another electronic nanny. But when you consider that 11 percent of those killed in traffic accidents in this country are pedestrians, tech like this probably isn't a bad idea.

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor

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2010 Volvo XC60: Environmentally Friendly

December 30, 2010

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I was browsing the online edition of the 2010 Volvo XC60's owner's manual just for fun when I came across an entry about Volvo's environmental philosophy. Now when I think about such things, I just assume they mean the car's fuel efficiency and emissions. But according to the manual, Volvo also takes into account the following:

1. Clean air in the passenger compartment which is made possible by the carbon filter which prevents sinister-sounding nitrous oxides and bydrocarbons from coming into the cabin.
2. Textile standard: Apparently the car's interior is also designed with consideration for folks with contact allergies or asthma and is made with "environmentally-compatible materials" that fulfill something called the Oeko-Tex 100 standard.
3. Reducing environmental impact by suggesting drivers do stuff like "remove unnecessary items from the car" to decrease the load and fuel consumption, "drive gently," and service their cars regularly.
4. The hard copy of the owner's manual is made of paper pulp from "FSC certified forests."

I wonder how big a part does this philosophy play in a consumer's consideration of the car.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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2010 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD: Crash Test Videos

December 27, 2010

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief

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2010 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD: The Horbury Shoulder

October 14, 2010

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Volvos are boxy but they're good. Everybody knows this and that's because legendary Volvo designer Jan Wilsgaard made them that way during his tenure at Volvo from 1950 to 1990. The son of a Norwegian merchant seaman, Wilsgaard was a workingman's designer, known for standing shoulder to shoulder with his studio craftsman and carving the clay from the models himself, wearing clogs while he worked as always.

Asked to comment on the success of the Volvo 240, the car that institutionalized the boxy look for Volvo, Wilsgaard said, "It might be due to the fact that the car is a little square and sluggish, just like the Swedes themselves."

It was British designer Peter Horbury who changed all that and made Volvos look cool, notably with his unique shoulder line that helps make the Volvo XC60 the best-looking of the compact SUV crossovers.

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2010 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD: Bulletin From Sweden

September 10, 2010

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Photo Editor Kurt Niebuhr just returned from Sweden, where he picked up a Volvo C30 T5 that he'd purchased through Volvo's European delivery program. He had a nice time in Gothenburg, he says.

Most of the delivery program patrons were American, he says. Most of them were picking up some version of the XC60, which has become the Volvo model that you see most often in America. Just as the Volvo station wagon used to be the default Volvo in this country a decade ago, the XC60 is now the most frequently seen signature of Gothenburg.

Funny thing, though. Niebuhr says that the only kind of vehicle he saw on the Swedish road was the station wagon. Tens of thousands of them, all brands. He says that he once spent a half hour driving south from Gothenburg and saw nothing but wagons for 30 minutes.

What is it that Swedes know about utility vehicles that we don't?

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor, Edmunds.com @ 21,470 miles.

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2010 Volvo XC60 Road Trip (part III)

July 06, 2010

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Made it! But only after a nauseating, easterly romp from Mendocino on otherwise gorgeous Highway 20. It was a long haul day (about 450 miles), but if you've never seen Crater Lake in Southern Oregon, it truly is a sight to behold.

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2010 Volvo XC60 Road Trip (part II): Mendocino, CA

July 03, 2010

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Made it to Mendocino. It's true what I've heard: "Too cute," and picturesque beyond words. I've avoided it for all these years because of that reputation, but I must admit there's something magical and genuine about it, as well. See for yourself, and after the jump, you'll see what Abalone looks like after a serious pounding and prior to frying (plus some too-cute and picturesque photos).

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2010 Volvo XC60: Hey, Good Lookin'

June 23, 2010

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Cars like the C30 and the smoking-hot new S60 make it clear that Volvo is perfectly capable of sexing up the joint if it so chooses. Still, I'd never really seen the XC60 in the same, or even in a similar, light; it had always struck me as just a decent-looking mom-mobile with great ergonomics and lots of cool safety tech.

But there's at least one person out there who sees things differently. As I was taking these shots of the crossover outside one of my favorite health-food stores, a woman rushed up to me to compliment me on its looks, and to tell me that she was considering getting one. She didn't seem to fall within the typical Volvo demographic -- she was in her 20s, and bore no obvious signs of being a soccer mom. Anyway, after speaking with her, I took a second look at the XC60, and concluded that her enthusiasm had some merit -- it's not a bad-looking ride.

What do you think of this Volvo's sheet metal?

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor

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2010 Volvo XC60: Headlight Sprayers are Cool

May 24, 2010

Headlight sprayers are cool. Pointless, but cool. Also, very messy.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief

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