Driver’s Seat: Volvo XC60 T6 is pretty and pricey – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Driver’s Seat: Volvo T6 is pretty and pricey

By Scott

2013 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Beautiful, fun — but worth the cost?

Price . $48,154 as ($45,050 base). A barebones can be had for $34,350.

Marketer’s pitch . award season we brought top honor. Twice. (One for the and one for the S60 sedan.)

Conventional wisdom . Of it was an Insurance Institute for Highway award.

Reality . Beauty, some excitement.

Catching up . week we tried out the Mazda It’s not considered a direct competitor, as this has room for five people and costs a few pennies more.

Outside . I called the CX-9 Well, so is its ex-cousin (after the divorce), the XC60. But they’re distant cousins, sharing but a twinkle in their headlights and a chiseled look.

The XC60 is not the boxy, staid look of the and ’80s Volvos I grew up

Inside . This is where is able to shout class, if a could shout (which it because it’s just too Just like in Volvos of the XC60 interior looks and feels like a million Tradition dies hard at though, and the numeric keypad the infotainment display just Clinton administration.

Driver’s Seat . The seating is wonderful, but the seats are stiff and

On the road . The 3.0-liter turbocharged engine makes 300 horses, so pretty quick. Handling is for a vehicle of its height and size.

. The 6-speed automatic transmission well, although once as I a school bus, I noticed distinct hesitation. Sport offers +/- for shifting but it will shift on its own, if you let it. Not the greatest for driving enthusiasts.

Friends and . Those Scandinavian kids live well. The rear is heated, just like the and HVAC vents back also keep everyone (The seat heaters are of a $900 climate package, also heats the washer It’s also comfy there, but legroom and foot are scant.

Up front, there’s a weird tray down by the knees to things you don’t really to see again until your is over. A phone holder underneath the breadbox door in of the cupholders. The center console holds plenty of debris.

In and out . The is so just right height-wise it’s worth writing about. If you’re at an age where up and sliding down can be difficult, try the

Play some tunes . The controls are so easy for the driver to they almost render the buttons useless. But on the wheel, wide buttons and good make those easy to The white-on-cream was hard to see at first (I had in an S50 that had better contrast).

And silver surrounded the radio — gorgeous. Walnut is as well.

Keeping cool . The two that control cabin are both easy to reach the command post. That’s a thing, because Volvo offer the sync function, in almost every other car you to control the whole cabin one dial. I adore the little buttons that allow a or passenger to simply press chest or legs to choose way the wind blows.

Looking out . A recent development in seems to be the tall beltline tiny, peephole windows. The takes drivers back a with tall windows really offer a panorama

Infotain me . Viewing the map in navigation does add a level of work to the radio station. Drivers to press radio, then the station. It’s not as difficult as but still an extra step.

Fuel economy . I just achieved 22 mpg in my usual mix of highway and driving.

Where it’s . Ghent, Belgium.

How it’s . Consumer Reports recommended the but reliability has been only average. I have heard of stories about not-so-old needing some fairly repairs over the years.

week . The final competitor for buyers who like to go their own the 2013 and 2014 Mitsubishi

Editor’s Note. This was changed to reflect the fact Volvos do not need premium

Scott Sturgis, a freelance writer, can be reached at .

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