2014 Volvo XC60 R-Design

Pros: Impressive array of available high-tech safety features; confident acceleration with turbocharged 6-cylinder engine; understated yet high-quality interior; comfortable seats

Cons: Reasonable starting prices quickly shoot upward as option packages are added; back seat is a bit tight for the class; some testers complain of a stiff ride over sharp bumps, especially with T6 R-Design’s sport suspension

CG Says: The 2014 Volvo XC60 gets minor updates such as updated front-fascia styling, a new instrument panel, available sport seats, and an updated all-wheel-drive system. Refined and loaded to the brim with expected and innovative safety features, Volvo’s compact SUV is a good one. Its only significant flaws are an occasionally crunchy ride and somewhat steep pricing on T6 and R-Design models. On the whole, XC60’s balance of power, handling, and comfort make it worthy of serious consideration for those who desire something small yet upscale.

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2014 Volvo XC60