|Premium compact SUV; Built in Sweden|
|Good condition price range: $12,300 – $35,900*|
2010 Volvo XC60
2010 Volvo XC60 rear
2010 Volvo XC60 interior
2010 Volvo XC60 profile
2010 Volvo XC60 front
2010 Volvo XC90 passenger area
2010 Volvo XC60 in motion
Refined and loaded to the brim with expected and innovative safety features, Volvo’s first compact SUV is a good one. Kudos go out to the company for quickly fixing the initial XC60’s confusing navigation system. With that issue addressed, its only notable flaw is an occasionally crunchy ride. With more and more manufacturers entering the premium-compact SUV segment, standout products are more critical than ever. XC60’s balance of power, handling, and comfort make it a Recommended choice for those who desire something small, yet upscale.
The 2010 Volvo XC60 was this Swedish manufacturer’s first compact SUV. Specifically, XC60 was a five-passenger premium crossover SUV that shared elements of its basic design with Volvo’s V70 and XC70 station wagons. XC60 models came as the base 3.2, up-level T6, or sporty R-Design. The 3.2 held a 235-horsepower 3.2-liter inline six-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission, with front- or all-wheel drive. The T6 and R-Design had a 281-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine, a six-speed automatic, and all-wheel drive. Maximum towing capacity was 3,300 pounds. Standard safety features included all-disc antilock braking, traction control, an antiskid system with rollover sensing, front-side airbags, and curtain-side airbags. The R-Design had specific wheels and trim. Standard was Volvo’s new City Safety accident-avoidance feature, which automatically activates the brakes at low speeds to avoid or reduce the severity of an imminent collision. Leather upholstery was standard on the T6 and optional on the 3.2. An optional Climate Package included heated front and rear seats, heated windshield-washer nozzles, and rain-sensing wipers. The Multimedia Package included an up-level audio system, a navigation system, and a rearview camera. The Technology Package included adaptive cruise control, a lane-departure warning, driver-fatigue alert, and Volvo’s Collision Warning, which readies the seat belts and maximum braking force if sensors detect an unavoidable crash. The Convenience Package included a power tailgate and front- and rear-obstacle detection. Blind-spot alert was optional. Competitors for the XC60 included the BMW X3, Infiniti EX35, Land Rover LR2, and Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class.
The XC60 lineup gained a new trim level, more power, and additional features for 2011. Volvo’s XC60 continued in base 3.2, uplevel T6, and sporty T6 R-Design trim levels. Previously only offered on the T6, the R-Design was newly available on the 3.2. The 3.2 and 3.2 R-Design had front-wheel drive and a 240-horsepower, 3.2-liter inline six-cylinder engine. This represented a gain of 5 horsepower. The T6 and T6 R-Design were AWD only and held a 300-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder, an increase of 19 horsepower from the 2010 model. A six-speed automatic was the sole transmission on all models. R-Design models had specific interior and exterior trim, 20-inch wheels, and a sport suspension. Leather upholstery and power front seats were optional on the 3.2 and standard on the 3.2 R-Design, T6, and T6 R-Design. A mid-model-year addition to the 2011 XC60 was Volvo’s Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake. This accident-avoidance feature used sensors to detect pedestrians who might step in front of the vehicle. If this happened, the system could apply full braking force at speeds up to 22 mph.
Two new option packages were available for the 2012 Volvo XC60. The Premier Plus Package added front- and rear-obstacle detection, remote engine start, and a power tailgate. The new Platinum Package included all that plus a navigation system, rearview camera, and a high-end audio system.
All 2013 XC60 models added rain-sensing windshield wipers and the headlights gained washers and an automatic system that turned the lights on when driving in a tunnel and off upon exit. There was also a revised steering-wheel-mounted control system for the “Sensus” entertainment system and a new gearshift knob. The Premier package for 3.2 and T-6 R-Design models added keyless starting and Volvo’s Personal Car Communicator (PCC) keyfob. Premier Plus versions of the 3.2 and T6 added Xenon headlamps. The optional Technology Package added active high beams and Volvo’s Road Sign information technology that was able to “read” certain road signs and display them on the driver information screen. Finally, a sport mode was added to the T6 and T-6 R-Design model’s automatic transmission.
Exterior styling was revised with new front fascia styling. The interior received changes including a new instrument panel and steering wheel. A newly optional Sport Package for 3.2 and T6 AWD models added sport seats and 20-inch alloy wheels. The Climate Package now included a heated windshield and a heated steering wheel.