2010 Volvo XC60: Meeting Another XC60 Owner
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