The Volvo XC60 is the company’s premium compact SUV entry. Following the success of the larger Volvo XC90 SUV, the XC60 first debuted in the United States for the 2010 model year. The model is already receiving several revisions for the 2011 model year.
For 2011, the XC60 adds a new trim level and more power for each trim line. There are three trim lines: the base 3.2, the uplevel and more powerful T6, and the sporty T6 R-Design. The XC60 now offers the sportier R-Design for front-wheel drive base models. R-Design models have added exterior and interior features such as 20-inch wheels and a sport suspension. In all trims, the XC60 seats 5 and is built on the same platform as the Volvo XC70 station wagon. There is no third row seating offered.
In base form, the XC60 adds five horsepower to 240 horsepower in the 3.2-liter inline 6-cylinder engine. The turbocharged T6 gains 19 horsepower from 2010, up to 300-horsepower on a 3.2-liter inline 6-cylinder engine. The turbocharged T6 has all-wheel drive standard. A 6-speed automatic is the only transmission available on all trims. The engines maximum towing capacity is 3,300 pounds.
Volvo offers state of the art safety with ABS, antiskid system, traction control, front side airbags, and curtain side airbags. Other optional features include rain sensing wipers, heated front and rear seats, heated windshield washer nozzles, navigation system, uplevel audio system, lane-departure warning, power tailgate, and rearview camera.
Fuel economy numbers have not yet been released for 2011 but for 2010, the XC60 was rated at 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway in four wheel drive base form and 16 mpg city and 21 mpg highway in T6 trim. The front wheel drive base trim was rated at 18 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. The XC60’s fuel economy is slightly below the class average.
The XC60 has been well received thus far by SUV buyers. It has received high marks for safety, styling, and comfort. The model’s basic warranty is 5 years or 60,000 miles. Its rust warranty is 10 years or 100,000 miles. Final assembly for the model occurs in Sweden, Volvo’s country of origin.