December 30, 2010
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
December 27, 2010
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September 27, 2010
Over the weekend I happened to park next to another XC60 while running an errand. The timing was perfect as I pulled in just as the other guy did. (In fact, my three-year-old daughter, who was sitting back, noticed before I did. Out of the blue, she said" Daddy, it matches!" It took me a moment to realize what she was talking about.) I ended up talking to the owner for a few minutes. He was young (probably in his 30s) and he had just bought his new XC60 3.2 the previous day by trading in his older S40.
I told him about Edmunds/Inside Line and the XC60 being a test car (it's otherwise a challenge to explain the New Jersey plates from Volvo headquarters) and he wanted to know what I liked best about it. I had to think about it for a moment, but ultimately said I liked its classy styling, strong turbo inline-6 and reasonably roomy interior. He took a peek inside and then said, "So is the navigation system as bad as everybody says it is?" Yep, pretty much. He made the right choice by skipping it.
Overall it was pretty cool to talk to a new owner. I've only seen a handful of XC60s on the road, but for picking a small luxury crossover he made a great choice.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 23,021 miles
July 26, 2010
Much has been said about the seat heaters in our 2010 Volvo XC60 T6-- specifically that they don't get very hot-- but what hasn't been mentioned is this car's memory feature. Say it's cold at night and you've got the seat heaters on, well, chances are good that in the morning it's also going to be cold and you'll want the seat heaters on. Most cars require you to, gasp, re-push that button to get your butt warm again. But not our Volvo, it remembers what you like and how not-exactly-hot-but-still-warm-enough you like your seats. It's a nice feature and the best thing I've found short of a rigid toggle switch.
Mike Magrath, Associate Editor, Edmunds.com
May 12, 2010
We've been driving our Volvo XC60 for over 8 months now. As you can see in the photo above, we missed its 15,000-mile birthday by a few hundred.
We only have it until June when it will turn into a pumpkin and go back to the Volvo-godmother. Can we make 20,000 miles by then? Probably not.
I'll miss the Volvo. It may have had its faults, like a frustrating navigation system. But it has a nice torquey engine, responsive automatic transmission, comfortable seats, a built-in rear booster seat, a pleasing audio system and the light colored interior still looks fresh as a daisy -- even after I took it to horse-poop ranch.
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 15,588 miles
April 07, 2010
The telescoping steering wheel is a magical invention if you have long legs, and I particularly like the one in our 2010 Volvo XC60. It has a wide range of adjustment. I can bring the steering wheel close enough to hold it at 9-and-3 with my elbows lightly bent while still having the seat scooted back for my legs. This adjustability contributes to the XC60's excellent driving position -- not something to take for granted in a crossover SUV.
I took a couple quick photos this morning to show you where the steering wheel is when it's fully extended (left) and fully retracted (right). (The seat is in the same position on its track.)
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 14,731 miles
March 22, 2010
First off, our 2010 Volvo XC60 proved itself the perfect road trip vehicle for a short vacay in the mountains. Not only was it comfy inside for four passengers and all their gear but that turbo really helped us take mountain passes and slow drivers with ease, even with a packed car. Fun stuff.
In any case, on the way back to L.A. after a fuel stop we noticed the above message on the dash. It worried us. Not knowing off-hand how to retrieve the message we RTFM and saw that there was a handy "Read" button on the left steering wheel stalk.
March 20, 2010
For my trip to Mammoth this weekend, I had put in a request weeks ago with key keeper, Mike Schmidt, for our 2010 Volvo XC60. With four people and all our gear and the car's all-wheel drive, it was the perfect vehicle for a snowboarding trip.
Fortunately only two of the four people had their own snowboards. Any more and it would have been difficult to fit through the ski pass-through in addition to all our luggage and bags of booze and food. Three boards in normal conditions (no foodie passengers) would have been fine and I'm sure skiers won't have the same concern.
As it was, our backseat passengers said they were very comfortable and didn't feel crowded in at all. "It's so luxurious!" they exclaimed, pointing out the interior materials and the cushy padding on the sides of the seats.
Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor at 13,640 miles
March 15, 2010
The supermarket. The drugstore. The ATM. It took the kids to a birthday party. It took the kids and the dog to the dog park. It made a secret late night run to Toy R Us. It took the family to dinner, the kids for haircuts and hauled home a new carbon monoxide detector from The Home Depot.
This weekend I used our long-term 2010 Volvo XC60 as it was intended to be used 99.9% of the time; as the quintessential family-mobile. I didn't drive it like a sportscar. I didn't take it into the mountains for any twisty road adventures. I didn't slap its shifter into "Manual". I never even folded its rear seats.
Fact is, I drove it over 150 miles, yet it was never more than 10 miles from my driveway. Short trips. Lots of them. Each one with a purpose.
I have no complaints.
This sport ute is comfortable, entertaining, spacious, easy to park, plenty powerful and it never feels cheap or uninteresting. Perfect. I think I'll sign it out again next weekend.
Scott Oldham, Edmunds Editor in Chief @ 13,076 miles
February 16, 2010
I bought some nifty SCC Super Z6 chains for a Presidents' Day get-away to the Sequoia National Park because we heard it dumped over 8-feet of snow, but when we arrived, we found the roads had been plowed and we didn't need them once. Follow the jump to see more photos of really big trees and the Volvo XC60 in its natural habitat. Even the boring-brown metallic paint job looks right in this place.
January 27, 2010
You asked about rear passenger space in the 2010 Volvo XC60 as compared to other popular models. Here is a chart with rear leg room and rear head room. Data is from the Edmunds.com Web site.
January 05, 2010
Because of holiday travel, I haven't been in one of our long-term cars in a while. It was a pleasure to slip into the Volvo XC60 last night.
Scott had been in it before me and as usual I had to move the seat forward a bunch to fit my lack of height. Then I adjusted the steering wheel for a good grip, the mirrors for a good view, the radio to my tastes.
No matter who gets into the Volvo XC60, they can find a driving position to suit them and still be able to reach all the features around them.
I can't say the same for the Ford Flex. I like the Flex and appreciate its many good points, but I can't reach anything inside its cavernous interior, no matter how I adjust my seat.
Somehow, the Volvo manages to be one size fits all.
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor
January 04, 2010
Our long-term 2010 Volvo XC60 is equiped with a $2,700 Climate & Child Seat & Technology Package and part of that package are two built-in child booster seats which I used with great success this weekend. What a great and unique feature that could not be easier to use. They just flip up and easily press down back into place for the adults in your life (see photo below).
Rear adaptive seatbelts (that self adjust when the booster seat is in use) with load limiters and power child locks on the rear doors are also part of the package.
Plus, you can adjust the height (there are two levels) to get the right seat belt position on kids ranging from 37-47 inches in height and weighing between 33-55 pounds and children 45-55 inches in height weighing between 48-80 pounds.
And when they are not in use, you'd never know they're there. In fact, I kept forgetting about them and finally remembered to give them a try this weekend. My kids thought they were to coolest thing they had ever seen and gave them an A+ for comfort.
Scott Oldham, Edmunds Editor in Chief @ 9,788 miles
December 23, 2009
I'm not sure why, but when I think of Volvos I think of winter, snow, cold. I guess it's because they're from Sweden (well, now China) and when I think of Sweden I don't really think about beaches and convertibles regardless of that whole bikini team thing.
And that is why I expect Volvos to have the greatest seat heaters. But they don't.
Case in point: The seats heaters in our long-term 2010 Volvo XC60 suck. Even on the highest of their three levels you won't break a sweat on a 75 degree day. And they heat up unevenly, with too much of the sparsely supplied warmth on your butt and thighs and too little on your back.
Disappointing. Maybe the Chinese can fix them.
Scott Oldham, Edmunds Editor in Chief @ 9,022 miles
December 10, 2009
If I had to choose one word to describe our 2010 Volvo XC60 is would be "tight."
I don't mean that it's not spacious. I mean the way it is put together. Everything feels tight and solid. There are no loosey goosey bits.
The seats are firm, the steering wheel feels appropriately weighted, the buttons and dials all feel sturdy.
I remember getting this same impression in our long-term 2005 Volvo S40.
You can feel that everything fits snugly and securely. And it's not bad looking either. Nice.
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor
P.S. The Volvo still smells a little from my trip to the horse ranch. Sorry, fellow editors.
December 03, 2009
I was in our Volvo XC60 a couple days ago for an early morning drive and found it to be an effective highway cruiser. The cabin is pretty quiet at speed, the driver seat is comfortable (though not as those in other Volvos) and the turbocharged inline-6 provides plenty of grunt for passes or when going up steep grades.
I also took the opportunity to fiddle around with the adaptive cruise control. Adaptive cruise control works by monitoring the distance of vehicles ahead of you. You just set your speed and the minimum distance gap. When the XC60's radar sensor detects a slower vehicle within that preset range, the XC60 automatically applies its brakes to adapt to that vehicle's speed.
Our Volvo is the only long-term car in recent memory to have this feature; it's part of the $1,700 Technology Package. Overall, the XC60's adaptive cruise control worked well for the two hours of driving on straight highway that I used it on. It's not a must-have feature by any means, but it is nice in that it eliminates the traditional need to cancel and reset your cruise speed every time a slower vehicle gets in your way.
You can also just use regular cruise control if you want.
The only thing I noticed was that the XC60's cruise-speed adjustment buttons seem to bump you up or down in 5-mph increments, which is excessive. Presumably, there's a way to switch this back to the more normal 1-mph increment, but I didn't have the opportunity to RTFM.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor
November 13, 2009
While our 2010 Volvo XC60's rear seat doesn't slide or recline, it's still quite comfortable by small luxury crossover standards. An elevated seat cushion height, decent legroom, ample headroom and a softly padded door armrest all combine to make this a vehicle I wouldn't mind riding in back of for short- or medium-length trips.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor
October 20, 2009
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
October 19, 2009
I did not drive our new long-term 2010 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD to San Francisco this past weekend as this photo might suggest. But I would without hesitation given the opportunity and the gasoline.
When I stumbled upon this fantastic image of the XC60 sitting under the Golden Gate Bridge I found myself asking a question nobody has asked me about Volvo's new crossover, "Would you want to drive it to San Francisco and back?"
For those of you that don't live in the west, San Francisco is a six-to-seven-hour drive north of our office in Santa Monica if you take the freeways and interstates. Take the coast and the trip will require a toothbrush and fresh pair of undies.
It's the kind of all day run that requires a comfortable vehicle with above average fuel range (to get you through those "middle of nowhere" stretches) and plenty of passing power (to get around all those 18-wheelers).
Anyway, the answer is yes. Absolutely yes I would gladly take our Volvo XC60 to San Francisco and back. Such road trips are partly what family trucksters like this are all about and the Volvo hits the mark.
What about your ride? Is it road trip friendly?
Scott Oldham, Edmunds Editor in Chief
October 12, 2009
I'm at the tail end of a long-weekend with our new long-term 2010 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD and my complaints are trivial at best.
1) While the driver's seat is comfortable, I'd like the seat bottom cushion to be a little longer for a bit more thigh support.
2) For the Volvo's sticker price I think it should have a power liftgate. It does not.
Otherwise, I'm a fan of our new chocolate brown, people hauler from the land of tiny meatballs. I've even made peace with its odd navigation controls with are mounted on the back of the steering wheel. Give them a chance and they are quite intuitive.
I'm also a big fan of its styling and its turbocharged powertrain. This is without question one of the most attractive, best performing new luxury crossovers out there and I'll never hesitate to grab its key.
Scott Oldham, Edmunds Editor in Chief @ 5,722 miles
October 07, 2009
bit more time in the long-term fleet than initially reported. Time to see how this new Volvo performs when hauling a kid in a car seat.
I climbed into the back seat to install our forward-facing Recaro Como child safety seat. There wasn't a lot of space to maneuver back there, but I'd expect that from a small crossover. And with the front passenger seat adjusted for the relative comfort of a 5'8" passenger, the legroom for the kid once she was in the seat was limited. In the photo above, the distance between the edge of the kid seat and the back of the front passenger seat is about 10 inches, roughly the length of a preschooler's lower leg--thankfully, our kid's not a kicker.
Other than limited maneuvering room, installing the seat was average on the kid seat-installation scale, though it took me a couple tries to get it really tight. The top tether anchor is in the middle of the second-row seatback, which is easy to access, though requires doing so through the rear hatch.
Someone else on staff with the right size kid will have to comment on the integrated booster seats that come with our car's Climate & Child Seat & Technology Package.
Bryn MacKinnon, Senior Editor, Edmunds.com @ 5,549 miles