Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Review
Volvo’s XC60 T6 AWD, wrapped in an appealingly sculpted body, provides families with a reliable, comfortable and safe ride. This five-passenger premium utility vehicle is aimed against a growing group of competitors like the BMW X3, Nissan Murano and Volkswagen Tiguan, and may be one of the least-accident-prone automobiles to yet hit the market. Along with its numerous safety features, the XC60 comes standard with City Safety, a laser sensor system that automatically employs the crossover’s brakes if its driver fails to react to an imminent collision. According to the Sweden-based carmaker, City Safety is active at speeds 18 mph or less (the velocity at which most accidents occur) and is designed to help either avoid or reduce a low-speed frontal crash. At the Volvo XC60’s media debut in San Francisco, Thomas Broberg, a senior technical advisor at Volvo said, “Beyond City Safety, in the future we want to design cars that don’t crash.” He added, “In other words, we want Volvos to be the safest cars in the world.”
In addition to helping keep your loved ones out of harm’s way, the car-like XC60 shows off a suite of accessories, the highest ground clearance in its class (at 9.1 inches), and up to 67.4 cubic feet of cargo space with its rear seats folded, perfect for hauling a week’s worth of groceries home. This small crossover features solid road manners and plenty of power through its all-wheel drive, sport-tuned suspension and 281-horsepower six-cylinder engine. Power-adjustable front seats; an eight-speaker sound system with a CD player, HD Radio, AUX and USB inputs, and MP3 capability; a leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted audio controls; and a Bluetooth hands-free phone interface are all standard to the XC60’s interior. Optional amenities include a Homelink remote garage door opener, front and rear parking assist, rain-sensing windshield wipers, heated front and rear seats, a grocery bag holder, a navigation system and a powered panoramic two-panel moonroof.
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