Narrow Alleys are Not Your Friend - 2010 Volvo XC60 Long-Term Road Test

2010 Volvo XC60: Narrow Alleys are Not Your Friend

February 04, 2010


Searching for an ATM this morning in an unfamiliar neighborhood led me into a long, narrow alley. Worse yet, the alley ended in a "T" at a massive chainlink fence. Both the right and left turns were so tight, I immediately started to back up to better position myself for a multiple-point turn.

After several attempts and numerous warnings from the Volvo XC60's parking sensors, I gave up on the right-turn option. The left turn proved to be easier, with less protruding obstacles in the way.

At 38.4 feet, the XC60's turning radius is on par with the Acura RDX, Audi Q5 and Lexus RX 350. But really I wouldn't want to be blundering through that graffiti-covered alley in any of those midsize crossovers.

Next time I'm silly enough to dive down a blind alley, I'd prefer to do it in our agile Honda Fit.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 11,233 miles

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