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2010 Volvo XC60 Long-Term Road Test

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2010 Volvo XC60: Control Freak

October 20, 2009

car-of-the-week-717.jpg2010 Volvo XC60 Interior

I may be over-reacting to one issue, but my enthusiasm for the XC60 is tempered some by the electronic displays and the controls that manage them.

There's a setup screen high in the center dash controlled by center-stack buttons, a vehicle-info readout in the tach center with a wheel and button on the left stalk, and of course, the Nav screen whose joystick and buttons are cleverly hidden on the far side of the steering wheel (or in a remote control that got stashed where, exactly?). We've already commented on the hidden Nav controls. Really fried me at first. But even getting past that, this feels like too many separate committees and not enough integration in the planning of the electronics.

In other news, the little XC looks good, I think, it drives nicely and I'm comfortable inside. So I wouldn't hesitate to hop in and put 500 miles on it. But its approach to driver-information readouts and controls put me off initially and I haven't entirely gotten over that.

Kevin Smith, Editorial Director @ 6,044 miles

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