2010 Volvo XC60 Review

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2010 Volvo XC60

2010 Volvo XC60

By Carey Russ


San Francisco Bureau

The Auto

Besides safety, Volvo is synonymous with wagon. wagons are but a minor blip in car sales statistics. Here, the niche goes to crossovers.

So, in to increase its market share, has announced its newest crossover, the XC60.

Joining the existing and XC70, the 2010 Volvo introduces the newest styling and safety features from The broad shoulders and dynamic that have been the automaker’s hallmark for the past are further developed, and a re-proportioned new headlights, and slick LED taillights integrated brake lights to the future.

Interior design is right out of Scandinavian furniture or audio and its airy, open look the 2010 Volvo XC60healthy amount of interior Standard cabin amenities HD radio, Sirius satellite and connectivity for audio players via a or USB port.

City Safety its debut as standard equipment in all Volvo XC60s. It’s a driver support system incorporates the Collision Warning Auto Brake system to or even prevent low-speed such as hitting the car in front in traffic. It works at speeds 19 mph (30 kph), and can stop the car if the speed between the City Safe-equipped and the vehicle in front is less 9 mph (15 kph).

The chassis layout is for current Volvo crossovers, the engine placed transversely in for optimal crush zone and placement, and Haldex Instant all-wheel drive. The standard stability and traction control has been enhanced by monitoring rate to detect incipient earlier. Engine and transmission is simple, a 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder with 281 horsepower and 295 of torque — on regular

Peak torque is available 1500 rpm onwards, making the automatic transmission’s job easier. manual shifting allows the more control when

Built in Ghent, Belgium, the Volvo XC60 has been on in Europe since Fall, It will be available here in 2009, and is aimed at young and families with an active lifestyle. Volvo recently a fleet of European-spec prototypes to California, just north of San for the press to examine and drive. All in close-to-US-spec trim, with a difference in suspension tuning.

More on that.

My first upon getting into the Volvo XC60 was that had out-Audied Audi. Nice especially considering that is a direct competitor. How? The center stack, a Volvo specialty since the S40 and V50 a few years has been taken to the next with a light-colored wood

Scandinavian design at its finest, it as though it should be part of an audio component system. is not sacrificed, as controls, including the Volvo iconic HVAC are simple and self-explanatory. None of inscrutable German knobs

The 2010 Volvo XC60 are fully up to Volvo’s high as a long drive up the coast The morning was spent on Highway not normally thought of as an SUV road, maybe by motorcyclists seeing as (barely) moving chicanes. not one.

Yes, it’s large, considerably smaller than the but the Euro-spec suspension, fully-independent MacPherson struts in front and a system in the rear, was stiff to keep the 4200-pound vehicle exhibiting much body and supple enough for a comfortable Word has it that the final version will be a little the better to deal with our roads. One hopes the European will be offered as an option.

The festivities included a drive the Coast Mountain Ranges to 101 freeway, at that point, and south. From the tight of One and the Coast Ranges to the superslab of the 2010 Volvo XC60 with aplomb. And smooth with no turbo lag and no real to engage manual-shift mode out of curiosity.

Before the morning drive, we through a quick demonstration of the Safe system. The procedure was to a car-shaped airbag at under and let the system do the braking. Car-shaped were used just in anyone was a little over 9 mph speed differential limit for the to automatically stop the 2010 XC60.

Over that, and 19 mph, the system will the brakes, to lessen impact but not prevent it.

My co-driver went I was watching from the passenger through the LCD screen on the back of a camera. Quick, slam-the-brakes and I missed that photo. My what can I say, I’m a kind of guy and hot the brakes before Safe did.

It does work as advertised,

In the 2010 Volvo XC60, strikes into new territory. It existing C30 or S40 or V50, or even S60 a larger Volvo to move up to more car is needed but an XC70 or might be too big. It could attract new people to the Volvo

It’s the most-refined Volvo yet in of drivetrain and suspension, and that’s news for all.

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