2010 Volvo XC60
The shift from SUVs to more modern crossover-utes continues to pick up speed. The latest newcomer is from Volvo as they enter the compact crossover segment with the stylish and sporty 2010 XC60.
The 5-seat XC60 competes directly with the BMW X3, the Acura RDX, and the new Mercedes-Benz GLK. The XC60’s wedgy front-end starts with familiar Volvo DNA, but then goes a bit wild with flared headlamps, oversize fog lamp openings, and a distinctly muscular beltline.
Around back, the most eye-catching cue remains Volvo’s signature boomerang-LED tail lamp design.
Power is from the same 281-horsepower 3.0-liter inline-6 used by the XC70.
It feeds a 6-speed auto and 4th generation Haldex all-wheel drive system.
The XC60 proved itself as an able handler on the coastal switchbacks of Northern California. Dynamic Stability and Roll Control systems come standard. But it’s Volvo’s City Safety System that takes the cake on this crossover. City Safety is a low-speed collision avoidance system that warns of a stopped car in front of you, and even automatically applies the brakes at speeds up to 18 miles-per-hour.
“With the XC60, Volvo puts its unique spin on small luxury crossovers. While its eye catching styling may be unexpected, the brand’s renowned comfort, safety, and attention to detail all remain intact.” Shamit Choksey
Details include an upscale interior ready for a long list of advanced options, including Lane Departure Warning and a Blind Spot Information System.
And, it goes on sale in March for under $40,000.