Horse Power - 2010 Volvo XC60 Long-Term Road Test

2010 Volvo XC60 Long-Term Road Test

2010 Volvo XC60: Horse Power

November 10, 2009


This weekend I drove the gals to visit our friend's horse at the local ranch where she keeps him. His name is Caro. Isn't he the cutest?

I asked our fleet manager, Mike, for any car with navigation because once I leave the city streets I am totally lost. There is no cell service at the ranch so if I took a wrong turn, I wouldn't be able to call for directions.

Plugging the address into the Volvo XC60's navigation system was tedious. You can only use it when you are stopped, so my passengers couldn't enter the info while I was driving. Using the remote to dial in every letter and number was time consuming but no worse, I suppose, than other nav systems where you have to dial around for each digit.

The system gave me directions that were very precise, considering I was out in the middle of nowhere. The ranch has a somewhat blind driveway that I easily could have missed. But the Volvo's system knew where it was going.

When I pulled into the parking area it was pretty empty, but when I passed by the car later, it was sitting in a lineup of Volvos. I guess Volvos are the car of choice for horse lovers.


My friends were impressed by the luxury interior of the XC60. I haven't made up my mind whether I like the light wood trim, but everyone else thought it looked very fine. And they were comfortable with plenty of room in the back seat.

Here's a picture of my friends's Mercedes filled with hay and carrots. I thought that was funny.


I took the XC60 for a much-needed bath today after a long day at the ranch. We had done some hiking in the hills and the car smelled a little of horse poop after I got it back home.

Hopefully, the car wash took care of it.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 7,091 miles

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