2010 Volvo XC60: Pleasantville, Population Me
January 07, 2011
Last night was the first time I've gotten to drive the Volvo XC60 home. It's been here a while and I don't know how many more chances I could get. I seized the opportunity.
Where I grew up in Northern California, Bricks (200 Series) were everywhere. I grew up thinking Swedish automotive design was austere and functional. In some ways it still is. But the XC60 really opened my eyes as to how nice they are now.
Our XC60 is not the Ikea of cars.
The interior of our XC60 has that nice light filled interior accented by brushed metal, muted colors and light colored wood. Yeah, maybe that's Ikea-ish/modern Swedish design, but the XC has way more substance. I know there are folks that just aren't into the aesthetic design of the XC60, and that's fine. Everyone has their own tastes. But beyond the surface, I think our Volvo is a wonderful family vehicle.
It has solid road manners. It doesn't get jittery over bumps, it doesn't feel like it leans in corners, it just feels very connected to the road. The steering is well balanced and responsive. I'd say it's far more car than SUV in feel. The engine delivers an impressive and quick responding 281 hp. Stack all the safety features you'd expect from Volvo on top of those qualities and you've got a winner. To be honest, with its hefty $44k price tag I'd expect all of those features.
I realize the XC60 isn't for everyone. If I was looking for a family vehicle (and I was of the means), this car would intrigue me. I wish I could gt into this car a little more and explore it further. But it basically comes down to this question: Would I get this vehicle over a nicely equipped Subaru Outback? That's a tough call.
What would you prefer?
Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer