2011 Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design – RoadTest Review

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2011 Volvo XC60 T6 – RoadTest Review



2011 Volvo T6 R-Design

Volvo’s recent XC Adventure was anything but typical. in that, my driving partner and I a 2011 XC60 T6 R-Design, the model of Volvo’s most crossover, from Los Angeles to CO, in two long days. The first day was a slog from LAX (Los airport) to St. George, UT, all on I-15.

The day was much more interesting. the slab – we went from St. George through National Park, and then on US89 through more and high plateaus until back on I-70 to head to Junction, CO.

Toss in a little dirt road side for extra fun. All through Basin and Range scenery basin followed by range by basin followed by range a stretching spreading center may be a future sea. Gateway is 45 or so south of Grand Junction, more geological wonderland and in an of water- and wind-eroded Permian/Triassic red canyonlands as beautiful as the area Sedona, AZ, but without the encumbrance of dollars homes, New Age crystal and woo-woo energy vortices.

That was just under miles in two days, maybe hours on the road the first day and ten the Yes we stopped, for fuel, food, and But, that said, amount of time in a car can be cruel and punishment. Any seats are tolerable for an and most for two or three.

Few are comfortable for or ten, repeatedly. Volvo are among those few, in my experience, at the top of the list.

Another recommending attribute of the T6 for long-distance touring is its drivetrain. At 4200 pounds, the small crossover is no lightweight, but the 300-horsepower turbocharged inline six moves it And the 325 lb-ft of torque developed 2100 and 4200 rpm, the used engine speeds, instant, strong response any speed.

Turbocharging means no of power at altitude, and with a few to eight-thousand foot passes on the and Gateway being at around a in altitude there was ample for medium-high altitude driving.

A automatic transmission means good acceleration — the 0-60 time is 6.9 seconds and good fuel economy are EPA mileage estimates are 17mpg 22 highway. We got 24 overall for the trip, to both the car’s trip and our refueling stop calculations. The limit on the Utah Interstate is 75 and that was the T6’s sweet for highway cruising.

Add in the slow, tight road Zion, and all of the elevation changes, some steep grades, and talking real world, not EPA cycle simulated 50 mph on a chassis

Also working in the XC60’s for distance in comfort are interior and design. Elegant simplicity is the theme, think Swedish furniture. It’s not austere, but is it needlessly over-detailed and distractingly

Style does not trump and all controls are simple and intuitive, some of its German competitors.

Our vehicle was the R-Design model, is a cosmetic and functional upgrade the standard T6, adding upgraded trim and a firmer suspension and quicker steering. It’s enough for good control minimal body roll, and enough for repeated long on less-than-perfect road surfaces. Low noise levels further aid and the XC60’s muscular shape is to crosswinds.

Yes, it gets a little out in that part of the world look up Wyoming wind some time#8230; Not a problem in an

Interior space#8230; with two one (me) traveling almost with a medium-sized messenger bag and camera bag (a last-minute addition for and iPod storage due to addition of after checking the latest weather forecast before to find that 85 and sunny had to 55 with rain) and driving with a standard roll-aboard and camera bag, no problem. for a family of four, or five smaller children, ditto.

seat room’s good, headroom, and there’s no lack of space behind that. rails allow some storage if really necessary, but the double, panorama sunroof would be obscured. Any rear-seat would have had a treat Zion.

The XC60 is a Volvo, so safety, active and passive, is designed and in. Besides the standard sturdy, construction and antilock disc there are a number of high-tech options included in the Technology including Collision Warning Full Auto Brake, Detection with Full Brake, Distance Alert Driver Alert Control and Lane Departure Warning And those comfortable, supportive also improve safety, as a undistracted by aches and pain be more alert than one who has victim of poor seats.

An model year 2010 the XC60 has some important for 2011. The naturally-aspirated 3.2-liter six gets five more for 240, in ULEV-rated versions. rated PZEV get the same for 230 hp.

There are some trim to the standard 3.2 model, and a new R-Design with the same interior, and suspension upgrades as the T6, but in a less-expensive front-wheel drive package.

The T6 engine, as mentioned, also more power, an additional 19 and 30 lb-ft of torque. The standard T6 has cosmetic changes; the T6 R-Design is except for the addition of a cargo and power folding rear restraints to the Convenience Package.

In any the Volvo XC60 will the needs of anyone who wants a crossover with style, handling, comfort, and good economy. And let’s not forget seats – I was painfully of the difference between them and seats all the way home.


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