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2013 Volvo XC60 Review

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The Volvo name has long been associated with safety, and the 2013 Volvo XC60 definitely delivers on that reputation. Having received excellent safety scores and sporting plenty of cabin space, the XC60 is a great choice for families. Available with either a naturally-aspirated or turbocharged engine, the Volvo XC60 competes with other luxury models such as the Lexus RX and the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class. While those models may outrun the engine of XC60, it manages to excel ahead in terms of safety features. Volvo’s design team continues to deliver on safety in keeping with its reputation, as clearly evident in the XC60’s innovative use of the latest in safety technology. The XC60 is available at three trim levels: the 3.2 (a base model with the largest engine of all), the T6, and the R-Design T6 premium model. In addition to being uncompromisingly safe, the 2013 Volvo XC60 is also very luxurious, well-appointed, and comfortable. Comfort and convenience is built into every aspect of the interior, adding to the already smooth ride. While the XC60 is by no means a powerhouse, even when turbocharged, it does offer an easy ride. For family-minded car buyers, Volvo has long been a sound choice, and the XC60 is the latest in a long line of safe and roomy vehicles from Sweden’s most famous automobile manufacturer.

New For 2013

Notably, for 2013, the Volvo XC60 receives a new leather-clad steering wheel with aluminum inlays and 18-inch wheels become standard. For 2013 the Volvo XC60 also receives a few minor updates, including:

  • All models now feature automatic headlights and wipers
  • The T6 trim levels receive keyless ignition and entry
  • The T6 trim level transmission gets a ""Sport"" mode
  • New optional panoramic moon roof is offered
  • Backup camera is offered


Outside, the 2013 Volvo XC60 has little in common with the company’s offerings of yesteryear. The sleek and stylish body is round in the corners, and features the latest version of the famed diagonal line and logo on the grille. The grille and overall front-end of the XC60 is very similar to the Volvo XC90, though the similarities stop there. The XC60 largely stands apart from its stable mates with secondary lights inside its headlamps. All versions offer 18-inch alloy wheels, all-season tires, and roof rack. For the 2013 model year new features include rain sensor and headlight washers. 19- and 20-inch wheels are also an available option.

Interior & Cargo

The 2013 Volvo XC60 provides seating for up to five people in a stylish and eye-catching interior. The backseat folds to facilitate additional cargo space. Also found in the design of the XC60 3.2 are cruise control, power steering, tilt and telescopic steering, and steering wheel mounted audio and cruise controls. Also included in the design are interior air filtration, dual-zone climate control, alloy trim, electrochromatic inside rearview mirror, power windows, power door locks, and cloth seating. In-car entertainment includes AM/FM/CD stereo with MP3 capability, Sirius XM satellite radio, and auxiliary audio input and iPod compatibility, and USB connectivity. Bluetooth wireless data transfer is also included as standard. One of the most uniquely-Volvo options for the XC60 is the optional in-built child booster seats with power child locks, enabling easy seating for children and adults as needed. Other options available include dual-screen rear entertainment system and walnut inlays and steering wheel cladding. Leather upholstery is included in the T6 trim levels.


Innovative safety features include Volvo’s City Safety technology, which makes the Volvo XC60 ""the car that stops its self."" Preventive safety features include Distance Alert cruise control, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, Ready Alert Brakes (RAB), collision warning system, Driver Alert Control, Lane Departure Warning, stability control, and traction control. Protective safety features include anti-submarining protection, dual front airbags, energy-absorbing chassis components, energy-absorbing interior, Inflatable Curtain, Rollover Protection System, Side Impact Protection System, and Whiplash Protection System. A remote-controlled alarm and locking system are also included in the design. At the end of the day, the 2013 XC60 is a Volvo, a carmaker that is synonymous with safety.

Driving Experience

The 2013 Volvo XC60 3.2 features a 3.2-liter, six-cylinder engine outputting 240-horsepower. The T6 offers a 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine tweaked to output 300-hp. The R-Design T6 features a 325-horsepower turbocharged, six-cylinder engine. All versions of the XC60 offer the same Geartronic six-speed automatic transmission. The performance of the XC60 is admirable if not blistering, but the real strength of any Volvo lies in the peace of mind offered in ownership. No other automaker puts as much effort into making safe, family-oriented vehicles as the team at Volvo. The added creature comforts such as intuitive in-cabin controls, infotainment options, and plush appointments take the Volvo over the top. In short, only Volvo manages the seemingly impossible task of designing cars that are at once luxurious and practical – truly. The 2013 Volvo XC60 is certainly a case in point.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Volvo XC60

  • BMW X1
  • Volkswagen Touareg
  • Audi Q5

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