2010 Volvo XC60 T6: Victory Affirmed
October 05, 2009
Back in August, our long-term Volvo XC60 came out on top in the Edmunds comparison test of compact luxury crossovers, edging out the Mercedes-Benz GLK, Audi Q5 and Cadillac SRX. We praised the Volvo for its family-friendly features and space, well-balanced nature, and appealing styling inside and out. I mean, just look at that interior. Ain't it cool? After a weekend spent in the XC60, those thoughts and its victory were easily affirmed in my mind. In fact, I'm thinking even more highly of Volvo's new crossover.
Though we dinged the Volvo's steering, that was when driven aggressively on a winding road while being compared back-to-back with the others. In the real world, it feels responsive and linear enough and I'd happily live with it on a daily basis.
I'd be more than happy to live with the T6 engine, which is tremendously eager, torquey and smooth. Turbo lag isn't really a concern. I just love this engine and I really like this car.
The next however many months should be interesting with the XC60. There's an awful lot to discuss, especially considering the fact that the last Volvo long-termer we had, an '05 S40, departed our fleet in 2006 before the blog (or myself) even existed. I'm particularly interested to see how that light interior (especially the wheel) holds up given our track record.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 5,469 miles