Review: 2010 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD R-Design – Autosavant | Autosavant

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Review: 2010 Volvo T6 AWD R-Design

By Kevin Miller

In Volvo delighted members of enthusiast community when launched the 2004 S60R and V70R wagon. Equipped a high-output powertrain and all-wheel the R vehicles had blue-faced instruments, aggressive styling details, and aspirations.

The R brand never beyond the initial two products and was discontinued in 2007 as Volvo to focus on safety rather performance, but the aggressive styling from those cars on visually in the R-Design trim which are available on most new vehicles. The XC60 luxury CUV is the Volvo to get the R-Design treatment.

A Passion Red XC60 T6 AWD R-Design spent a week in the Autosavant While the base XC60 has a sensuous shape, the R-Design adds 20” wheels, side extensions and a rear diffuser in which enhance the XC60’s pretensions. My logbook notes the XC60 has “lovely, shapely curves that accentuate the look of the XC60.” That said, I wish that the lamps extended down to the bumper.

Too, the sill collect water in bad weather, to get pant legs dirty like in Volvo’s XC70. The immediately followed an equally-bright red GLK 350 CUV in my test vehicle schedule, so I had a opportunity to see what works in segment and what doesn#8217;t.

the cabin, the interior of the XC60 is designed, with matching on plastic dash and door Volvo has implemented interesting on the dashboard and the door panels look both artful and

The XC60’s steering wheel is a three-spoke design, though the spoke is split. In the space the two lower spokes and the steering is a solid, real metal that I loved- it looks and feels great (though the “R-Design” logo glued on to it neither). The leather-wrapped wheel is in both thickness and diameter.

The instrument panel has two analog a tachometer and a speedometer. They are in anodized blue metal (an exclusive feature that is from Volvo’s hallowed and V70R). The centers of each of instruments has a monochromatic electronic for information like fuel trip computer, cruise status, gear selected, and control status.

Those are fairly low-resolution; a higher count would make displays look more Even with the low resolution, there is plenty of information The instrumentation was subdued and legible at when the XC60’s Active Light xenon headlamps did a job illuminating the road ahead.

The I tested was equipped with a system, whose color sits in a prominent position in the There is an additional small display in an odd pod atop the dash, displays audio system, and HVAC information.

The reason for the pod is that the navigation screen is not with any functions other the backup camera; that is, the navigation screen is not connected to the infotainment system, meaning there are no other functions on the navigation screen. The navigation is not a touchscreen; instead you interface the screen with a joystick-type mounted to the back of the steering or with a remote control the approximate size and shape as a TV

Neither the wheel-mounted control nor the can be used to enter destination when the vehicle is underway. I was underwhelmed by the rudimentary integration of the navigation system. Rumor has it MY11 vehicles will be an infotainment system transplant, the same touchscreen controller has recently debuted in the new S60; will see removal of the XC60’s pod.

The remainder of the center stack in XC60s consists of a diagonally-striped which surrounds the audio, and other secondary controls. trim levels of XC60 wood in this spot, and the lends a warmer look to the The center stack is ringed by a trim piece that like real metal; its top to reflect in the windshield under lighting conditions.

Behind the lever, a retractable cover two nice-sized cupholders which can drinks ranging from the of a soda can to a commuter mug. back, the (too-low) elbow between the front seats open to reveal a deep-but-not-broad compartment containing USB and AUX jacks.

an iPod connected to the USB input was not by the Volvo’s audio system. minor complaint about the system is that Sirius reception would drop out even driving under at freeway speeds). Front pockets have fairly storage bins with shapes to hold water in place; the rear doors have a water bottle as well.

Climbing in to the XC60’s seat, I found my body relaxing into the Volvo’s Volvo seats are among the in the business, and the comfort on the XC60’s does not disappoint. The R-Design has two-tone leather seats ivory-colored inserts and some stitching to accentuate the mostly-charcoal-colored The front seats additionally “R-Design” embossed into the

That is a lot going on for the seats and tend to look a little but the visual overload doesn’t from the seat comfort.

When I first climbed in, I was the seat to a comfortable position and I was disappointed by the fact that the adjustment didn’t allow the position to be as close to the floor as I have liked. It took days of living with the before the seating position comfortable rather than high. Still, the tall position ensured good out of the XC60’s large windows exterior mirrors also with that), so perhaps was Volvo’s reason for not allowing the position to go any lower.

The XC60 is is a crossover, and the back seats more knee room the Mercedes GLK. In my tester, the seats were heated. a forward-facing convertible carseat as as a booster seat for my 18-month and kids was not a chore; while my was able to kick the driver’s (adjusted for my 6’4” frame to the Volvo), neither of the girls was in contact with the seatback in of her.

Volvo does integrated rear booster on the XC60, though the car I tested was not with them. The center of the back seat has a fold-down containing two cupholders and a small compartment.

Out back, the cargo is a good size- significantly than the cargo area in the GLK, though probably not as deep as Volvo’s XC70. is a shallow well under the floor for small items. are just four meager hooks for securing cargo, but else for keeping items grocery bags or a briefcase in

On a quick run to the store, I ended up my grocery bag and gallon of milk on the in the backseat rather than them roll around in the The back seat in the XC60 is split folding to increase space, and folding the seat creates a flat load The manually-operated cargo door tall enough for somebody than 6’5” to stand when it is open.

On the road, the of the XC60 is quiet. The Volvo’s does a good job transmitting going on with the road, and it fairly smoothly, although the can get choppy on rough city could be partly attributed to the 20” and relatively low-profile tires.

pushed in corners, the XC60 moderate, predictable understeer as be expected from the front-wheel-drive platform.

The T6 engine in the XC60 is 281 HP. While that sounds plenty of power for a two-row it has a lot of weight to contend with. The has a stated curb weight of lbs- which is more Volvo’s larger XC70. six-speed Geartronic automatic is the only transmission choice in the and it shifts smoothly and predictably, if not quickly.

The unit actually to shift more quickly in mode than when the were commanded using the shift gates on the console-mounted While the XC60 wasn’t quick, power was more adequate, and calibration was such off-the-line performance felt

The XC60 has an electronic parking which is actuated by a push/pull below the light switch, on the to the left of the steering wheel. My was to step on a pedal to set the brake, but it is set just by pushing on the actuator. The brake is released by pulling on the actuator while the driver’s depresses the brake pedal.

The XC60 I tested was equipped Volvo’s Technology Package, includes Adaptive Cruise Lane Departure Warning, Warning with Auto and Distance Alert Driver Control. While I found the Alert to be somewhat irritating a red light in the windshield if it felt I was too or approaching the car in front too quickly), I came to love the Adaptive Control, which could be set to speeds but would slow the car as low as 15 MPH in traffic and accelerate again traffic eased, all without any interaction or operation of the brake/gas

I found to system to be quite The Lane Departure Warning on the other hand, was not universally at monitoring my lane position, disclaimers state that the only works well lanes are properly striped in a way that they can be processed by the camera.

During my week the XC60, I drove nearly 300 with an average speed of 31 MPH and fuel consumption of 19.7 according to the Volvo’s trip The XC60 has a 16/21 MPG (18 MPG combined) economy rating using unleaded fuel. That like a poor fuel rating for a vehicle of the XC60’s but the similar-sized Mercedes-Benz GLK 350 has slightly interior room and slightly power with the same EPA

The least expensive front-wheel XC60 available starts at but the XC60 T6 AWD R-Design has a base of $41,550, which includes the described above and features as Hill Descent Control, City Safety, Laminated Roof with Power Eight-way Power Front with Three-Position Memory for the 40/20/40 split folding seat Auto-Dimming Rearview Bluetooth Handsfree Telephone Dual Xenon Headlamps Active Bending Lights, Elements including 20” 5-spoke with all-season tires, Chassis, Dual Chromed Color-Matched Lower Body Blue Watch-Dial Instruments, Seats with Accent High Performance Audio (4#215;40 W Amplifier with 8 in-dash single-disc CD player, HD USB and AUX inputs with illuminated wheel controls). It was also with the $2700 Multimedia (Dynaudio Premium Sound Navigation System with Traffic, Remote Control, and DVD Rear Park Assist and $2700 Climate and Technology (Heated Front and Rear Heated Windshield Washer High-Pressure Headlamp Cleaners, Sensor, Interior Air Quality Adaptive Cruise Control, Departure Warning, Collision with Auto Brake, and Alert Driver Alert Including the $850 Destination MSRP of the XC60 T6 AWD R-Design is a $47,800.

While dynamically it is not a successor to the and V70R, the XC60 T6 R-Design the part both inside and it is an aggressively sporty-looking vehicle, when ordered in Passion Red as my was. I enjoyed driving the and found it both comfortable and During my week with the several strangers came up to me to ask me about the car.

I preferred its both inside and out, that of the Mercedes-Benz GLK 350 I drove before the XC60. Truthfully seem expensive and thirsty for size, and shows the XC60 to be nearly $2500 expensive than the Mercedes-Benz GLK 350 the two vehicles are similarly equipped. Of the two crossover vehicles, I preferred the XC60#8242;s blend of comfort, safety technology, and characteristics.

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