2010 Volvo XC60: The New Volvo Wagon?
November 19, 2009
I imagine most of us either had a Volvo wagon in our family growing up or knew of somebody who did. But then people's tastes changed in the 1990s and Volvo slowly lost its wagon-making mojo. There's still a wagon -- the V70 -- but there's not a whole lot about it to recommend.
In my mind, the XC60 has taken the place of the Volvo family wagon. It's less expensive than the XC90 yet is nearly as roomy. There's respectable power from our T6's turbocharged inline-6. And so far we've been able to use our long-termer just like somebody might have used a 240 or 740 wagon back in the day, such as when Kelly used it to shuttle 13 flats of Girl Scout snack nuts earlier this month.
Curiously, though, American's haven't warmed up to the XC60 yet as much as I would have thought. Of the three new European small luxury crossovers -- the other two being the Audi Q5 and the MB GLK-Class -- the XC60 is posting the smallest year-to-date sales so far. But hey, the Twilight Saga: New Moon movie opens tomorrow, and here the XC60 gets some vampire product placement. Will that correlate to more awareness of this modern Volvo family vehicle? It certainly won't hurt.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor