2011 XC60 New Car Test Drive
The 2010 Volvo XC60 is a new crossover sport-utility that seats five passengers. The new XC60 represents a slightly smaller addition to the existing stable of XC70 and XC90 crossover SUVs. They're called crossovers because they straddle the line between car and SUV.
The XC60 looks like a small XC90 and comes in one model called the T6. The XC60 is powered by a turbocharged and intercooled 281-horsepower six cylinder through a six-speed automatic transmission called Geartronic. All-wheel drive is standard.
Ride and handling characteristics of the XC60 are characteristic of Volvo's crossover sport utilities, that is, comfortable but tending more toward utility than sport. To that end, the XC60's ground clearance tops the competition. Power is decent, and brakes are superb.
A new safety feature helps avoid or mitigate damages from low-speed rear-end in congested freeway traffic. It's a braking package programmed to stop the car independent of the driver when it senses an impending encounter with a car in front at speeds up to 18 miles per hour.
The 2010 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD ($37,200) comes with leather-trimmed seats, steering wheel and shift knob; automatic, dual-zone climate control; flat-folding 40/20/40 rear seat and forward-folding front-passenger seatback; 160-watt, eight-speaker sound system with CD/MP3 player, HD radio and auxiliary and USB inputs; Bluetooth interface; Sirius satellite radio with six-month subscription; power windows, locks and mirrors; eight-way power driver and front passenger seats.
Options include a Climate Package ($1000) with heated front and rear seats, outside mirrors and windshield washer nozzles, rain-sensing wipers, headlamp washers, Interior Air Quality System (automatically shifts between outside and inside air depending on outside air quality) and humidity sensor. The Technology Package ($2700) upgrades the sound system to a 650-watt, 12-speaker, Dolby Pro-Logic Surround Sound Dynaudio setup with rear seat headphone jacks and audio controls plus a navigation system with real-time traffic and rear park assist video camera. The Convenience Package ($1000) adds a grocery bag holder, a cargo area power outlet, front and rear park assist, power tailgate and programmable garage door and security gate opener.
Options include dual xenon, active-bending headlights ($800); Personal Car Communicator with keyless engine start and stop ($550); power tilt-and-slide, two-piece, panorama moonroof.
Safety features that come standard include front and side impact airbags, front seat whiplash protection systems, rear seat child safety seat anchors and tethers and a frontal collision prevention/mitigation system called City Safety. ABS, Electronic stability control and anti-rollover control come standard. Collision Warning with Brake Support warns an inattentive driver first with a flashing red light and then with a buzzer while pre-arming the brakes for an expedited response when the driver hits the brake pedal. A pair of two-stage child booster seats with adaptive seatbelts can be ordered for the outboard rear seats ($495).
Optional safety features include the Blind Spot Information System, or BLIS ($695). The Collision Avoidance Package ($1695) includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Warning with Brake, Distance Alert, Driver Alert Control (which suggests the driver take a break when it detects prolonged inattentiveness to lane markings), and Lane Departure Warning. Trailer Stability Assist activates one or the other of the rear brakes and reduces engine torque as necessary to arrest trailer sway.
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