Volvo has traditionally been renowned for building automobiles that are always ahead of the pack, especially with regard to safety. The manufacturer’s lineup of vehicles, these days, stands apart not merely for said safety features, but also for their appealing performance and distinctive good looks. A perfect instance of such a vehicle is the 2011 Volvo XC60.
The basic 3.2 version is equipped with a power-driver seat comprising memory functions, cruise control, an eight-speaker audio system, HD and satellite radio, USB/iPod interface, an auxiliary audio input jack, and steering-wheel mounted audio controls. The 2011 Volvo XC60 T6 variant has an all-wheel drive, a turbocharged engine, 18-inch wheels, and leather upholstery.
The impressive blend of comfort and performance offered by the 2011 Volvo XC60 would surely satisfy most buyers on the lookout for a small-size luxury crossover. The turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six rated engine, however, lacks the excitement that one can expect from a car of its class. That is compensated by the energetic and smooth power delivery offered by the engine. Variants equipped with the basic 3.2-liter engine are noticeably slower.
Body styles: SUV
Engines: 3.2-liter 240-hp V-6, 3.2-liter 230-hp V-6, 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Volvo XC60 3.2, Volvo XC60 3.2 R-Design, Volvo XC60 T6, Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design
For 2011 Volvo has introduced the new 3.2 R-Design trim level. More horsepower has also been added to the engine lineup and the available navigation system has been updated.
The standard equipment of the basic 3.2 version has roof rails, 17-inch alloy wheels, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The R-Design variant has 20-inch wheels, a spot-tuned suspension, adaptive xenon headlights, a panoramic sunroof, and special styling elements.
Of late, Volvo has been trying to give the interior of its cars some flair, and the five-passenger 2011 Volvo XC60 is the company’s best result so far. The slim-panel center stack that comes with an optional real-oak wood trim, and a metallic trim as the standard, merges well with the dual-tone upholstery, and makes the cabin of the car look inviting and upscale.
Among other selling points, the audio system in the cabin is quite easy to use, although there is an array of tiny audio buttons that make the car look dated. The DVD-based navigation system is now devoid of the complicated and cumbersome back-of-the-wheel controls that were a common feature in earlier Volvo cars.
The rear seat of the 2011 Volvo XC60 is especially roomy as compared to other small crossovers. There is a high-seat cushion, decent legroom for adults, and above-average headroom. The integrated child-booster seat is also a great feature. The versatile 40/20/40-split rear seat could be folded to maximize cargo and luggage area to a very useful 67 cubic feet.
Performance & Handling
Both variants are powered by a strong inline six, 3.2-liter engine that generates 236 lb-ft of torque and 240 hp. Volvo also offers a variant of this particular engine that meets the stringent Partial Zero-Emissions Vehicle norms. The latter generates 230 hp. The all-wheel drive is optional, while the front-wheel drive is standard in all models of the car.
Both the all-wheel drive T6 R-Design and T6 models are equipped with the turbocharged three-liter inline six rated engine that generates 325 lb-ft of torque and 33 hp. All models have a six-speed automatic transmission system and manual shift control. The car is capable of reaching zero-60 mph within 7.1 seconds.
There have been no reports of faults in any of the spare parts as well as the engine of the 2011 Volvo XC60. However, it is always advisable to take the vehicle for a routine checkup. An authorized Volvo service station or dealer would be best equipped to carry out maintenance.
Antilock brakes with brake assist, stability control, side-curtain and front-seat airbags, and the whiplash-reducing front seats are standard in the 2011 Volvo XC60. Another standard safety component is the City Safety feature that avoids low-speed front impact by applying the brakes without driver intervention. The hill-descent control feature is standard in all-wheel drive models. Other safety options include a blind spot and lane-departure warning system, a driver alert system, and a heartbeat monitor that can detect an intruder inside the car. The collision warning/braking system is also a notable safety feature of the car.
In the crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2011 Volvo XC60 was awarded the best possible ‘Good’ rating in roof and side-strength and frontal-offset categories.
EPA Fuel Economy
Volvo XC60: 18/25 mpg city/highway
- Distinctive interior and exterior design
- Spacious interior
- Great safety features
- Generous array of standard equipment
- Powerful turbo engine
You Won't Like
- Some controls feel dated
- Gas mileage could be better for turbo engine
The 2011 Volvo XC60 offers an appealing combination of safety, style, convenience, comfort, and performance.
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