I was hesitant to lease a Volvo XC60 AWD T6 since they are never mentioned in car magazines. All my friends leased Mercedes ML350s for their wives and some complained about the car driving like a Jeep Cherokee with a better interior (I guess it goes back to Daimler owning Chrysler). When I drove the car and got some feedback from the Culver City Volvo, my concerns were
gone. The turbos are water-cooled and are just for the lower rpm, not like the high pressure turbos in Audi and VW that make the engine last less than 50k miles and no need to oil cool them by idling the car for 60 seconds before turning it off.
The automatic braking feature for emergency is incredible for L.A. traffic. The
Blind Spot Monitors (BLIS), comfort of the seats designed by an orthopedic surgeon, drives like a small car. It is a luxury car without being pretentious like in a ML, Cayenne, or X5.
The radio and navigation could be simpler to operate, but I guess I could learn the voice control.