Good Steering and Brakes? - 2010 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Long-Term Road Test

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2010 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD: Good Steering and Brakes?

December 22, 2010

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Two days ago grfa asked me the question below in the comments of one of my posts about our long-term 2010 Volvo XC60. And I'm here to serve so go to the next page for the answer.

grfa says:

01:50 PM, 12/20/10

My Volvo story and then question: I always loved old Volvos for the well balanced (read heavy) steering and brakes. They were frankly always more similar to a BMW than anything else on the road and according to Volvo were that way because of "safety".

Do they new Volvos like your XC60 still have the good steering and brakes or did they Toyota-ize them?

And the answer is yes and no. The XC60's steering and brakes are responsive, but its steering is closer to that BMW-ness grfa mentions in his question. One of our editors Josh Jacquot explains what I mean perfectly in his well written full test of another 2010 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD, which we published in May 2009.

Josh writes, "Steering feel lacks the precise feedback of a BMW, but at the limit it offers ample information. Overall, there's still a marginal bit of refinement missing from the driving experience that can be found in this SUV's German competitors, but the difference isn't so great that it would keep us from giving the Volvo a solid look if we were shopping in this segment."

"Softer pedal than some competitors like BMW X3, but still a very good number."

Any other questions about our Volvo?

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief

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