2014 Volvo XC60

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The current-generation XC60 was unveiled in 2008 and the revision announced at 2013 Geneva Motor Show is the most impressive one. In fact, Volvo opted to update the entire lineup, before unveiling the new generation.

Just like with all the other models, Volvo only updated the XC60’s exterior and interior with design elements in a way similar to the one initially revealed in the new V40 , which was unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. This means it receives a redesigned hood, new front bumper and new headlamps on the outside. On the inside, it receives new materials and packages.

Volvo also includes a series of new safety features and convenience features that took the XC60 to the next level of elegance and sophistication.

Updated 08/02/2014: Volvo announced all of the juicy details on the 2014 XC60. Click past the jump to read all about it.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Volvo XC60.

Exterior

Volvo XC60

Volvo revealed the new-generation XC60 in 2008, but the revision for the 2014 model year is certainly an important one. The updates include a revised outward appearance by way of a new hood, front fenders and a wider front fascia. The 2014 XC60 also receives a bold new grille, revised headlights, a new lower front spoiler with bright trim, vertically mounted LED daytime running lights, new front and rear skid plate decoration and an integrated exhaust pipe design. Essentially, Volvo simply revised the XC60 to match up with all of the other recent revisions on Volvo models in an attempt to retain a corporate identity through its lineup.

Dimensions:

Height67.4 in.
Length182.2 in.
Width74.4 in.
Wheelbase108.2 in.
Track Front64.3 in.
Track Rear62.4 in.
Turning Radius38.4 ft.

Standard features:

  • Active dual xenon headlights
  • Power door mirrors
  • Dual exhaust
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Rear spoiler
  • Auto-dimming power-retractable exterior mirrors
  • 18-inch Pan alloy wheels

Interior

Volvo XC60

The XC60 also receives a nice refresh on the inside, which includes a new three-spoke steering wheel, an off-black dash top, wood decoration trim on the front door panels, cloth-covered B-pillars, metal trim around air vents, silver decoration frame for the headlight module, a quartz headliner, new front door-sill plates and a metal threshold for the cargo area.

There is also a new Inscription Package that adds exclusive Sovereign Hide soft-leather seating surfaces, an anthracite-black headliner, a leather-covered dashboard, power lumbar support, modern wood inlays, a leather front console cover, and Inscription door-sill plates and floor mats.

Just like with all the other models in the lineup, the 2014 XC60 received a new high-tech instrument cluster with three different themes: Elegance, Eco and Performance.

Dimensions:

Head Room Front38 in.
Head Room Rear38.1 in.
Shoulder Room Front56.7 in.
Shoulder Room Rear55.2 in.
Leg Room Front41.2 in.
Leg Room Rear36.4 in.
Hip Room Front54.2 in.
Hip Room Rear53.8 in.

Standard features:

  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Trip computer
  • Integrated navigation system
  • Front beverage holders
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Air conditioning
  • CD player
  • AM/FM radio
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Outside temperature display

Drivetrain

Volvo XC60

Under the XC60’s hood, customers can choose from three engines. The base model comes with a naturally aspired 3.2-liter six-cylinder engine with an output of 230 horsepower. This version features front-wheel drive as standard, with Volvo’s All-Wheel Drive with Instant Traction offered as an option. In the base version and combined with a six-speed geartronic automatic transmission, the XC60 delivers 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. With all-wheel drive, the XC60 3.2 delivers a fuel economy of 18 mpg on the city and 24 mpg on the highway.

The next version, the XC60 T6 AWD gets a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine that produces 300 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. When combined with the six-speed geartronic automatic transmission, the XC60 T6 AWD delivers a fuel economy of 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.

The top version is the XC60 R-Design, which makes use of a the same 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine that delivers 325 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque, thanks to an ECU remap. The R-Design version only comes in an all-wheel- drive version and uses a six-speed geartronic automatic transmission. In this configuration, the XC60 R-design delivers a fuel economy of 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.

The T6 AWD and the R-Design models are offered with an Advanced Quick Shift system that includes a Sport Mode, which improves gear change speed by 20-30 percent. As a result the sprint from 0 to 60 mph goes down from 6.9 to 6.5 seconds in the T6 AWD version.

Drivetrain Specifications

Model Volvo XC60 3.2Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Volvo XC60 R-Design
Engine DescriptionIn-line Six-cylinder EngineSix-cylinder Turbocharged EngineSix-cylinder Turbocharged Engine
DrivetrainFront Wheel Drive (available with All Wheel Drive)All Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Number of Cylinders666
Engine Displacement3.2 Liters3 Liters3 Liters
Horsepower240 hp at 6,200 rpm300 hp at 5,600 rpm325 hp at 6,500 rpm
Torque236 lb-ft at 3,200 rpm325 lb-ft at 1,500 - 4,800 rpm354 lb-ft at 3,000 - 3,600 rpm
TransmissionSix-speed Geartronic Automatic TransmissionSix-speed Geartronic Automatic Transmission with Sport ModeSix-speed Geartronic Automatic Transmission with Sport Mode
Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined)19 mpg city / 25 mpg highway17 mpg city / 23 mpg highway17 mpg city / 23 mpg highway
Acceleration (0-60 mph)9.1 seconds6.5 secondsTBD
Top speed130 mph130 mph130 mph

Suspension and Brakes

Volvo XC60

The base XC60 3.2 comes with 18-inch Pan alloy wheels as standard, while the T6 AWD model features 18-inch Zephyrus wheels and the top-line T6 R-Design gets new 20-inch Ixion II alloys.

All models feature standard Corner Traction Control (CTC) by torque vectoring and Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) that helps deliver more power to the outer driven wheel while cornering. As a result, the driver can accelerate out of the curve while retaining confidence-inspiring grip of the road.

Prices

ModelPrice
XC60 3.2$34,850
XC60 3.2 Premier$37,950
XC60 3.2 Premier Plus$39,250
XC60 3.2 Platinum$41,950
XC60 T6 AWD$41,550
XC60 T6 AWD Premier Plus$42,850
XC60 T6 AWD Platinum$45,550
XC60 T6 AWD R-Design$45,800
XC60 T6 AWD R-Design Premier Plus$47,100
XC60 T6 AWD R-Design Platinum$49,800

Competitors

BMW X3

BMW X3

For the 2013 model year, the X3 lineup received an updated xDrive28i, while the xDrive35i continues unchanged. The xDrive28i is powered by a four–cylinder engine delivers a total of 240 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 260 pound-feet of torque developed at just 1,250 rpm. On the other hand, the xDrive35i gets an inline-six cylinder engine with an output of 300 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and a peak torque of 300 pound-feet delivered between 1,200 and 5,000 rpm.

Prices for the X3 range from $39,600 for the xDrive28i and up to $44,700 for the X3 xDrive35i.

Audi Q5

Audi Q5

On the U.S. market, the Q5 is offered with a choice of two engines: a base 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that packs 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque or a more powerful supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 that makes 272 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.

Prices for the Q5 start from $35,900, but it can easily go up to $51,400 for the Prestige model that packs the V-6 as standard.

Conclusion

Volvo XC60

The XC60 may not be the best SUV on the market, but it surely does the job. It has a few problems though: room for just passenger, limited cargo space and it can get pretty expensive, but it’s not as expensive as the competition. The XC60, no matter in what configuration, is also a little bit slower than competition, but for those of you who do not need to hit 150 mph in a SUV, it can be the right choice.

Category RatingDetails
Driving B+Usual for this kind of car, sporty handling and pretty good at cornering
Performance B-Turbocharged engine; one of the most powerful in the segment, but still not very fast
Look BThe base version does not impress; R-Design is quite sporty though
Value CFor a $40k SUV it offers limited cargo space, not enough interior room and very cramped front seats
Overall B-Pretty much the same luxury features as competition, quite good when it comes about driving, but not roomy enough
LOVE IT
  • Lots of luxury features
  • Powerful turbocharged engine
  • Both FWD and AWD
LEAVE IT
  • Can get pretty expensive
  • Not enough room and cargo space
  • Not very fast

Press Release

For 2014, Volvo treats its award-winning XC60 small premium utility to the most extensive refresh since its introduction four years ago. Completely new styling from the windshield forward sets the stage for a dramatic entry. Inside the cabin, the XC60 receives distinctive new design elements, luxury touches and convenience features. Innovative safety technologies make their debut while a new roster of available upgrades take the XC60 to the next level of elegance and sophistication.

Volvo XC60

The changes begin on the outside, where the XC60 sports a new hood, front fenders and fascia that emphasize a wider and more confident appearance. Redesigned headlights flank a bold new grille sporting a larger Volvo Ironmark. Other changes include a new lower front spoiler with bright trim, vertically mounted LED daytime running lights, new front and rear skid plate décor and integrated exhaust pipe design. New 18-inch Pan alloy wheels are standard on 3.2 trim levels while the top-line T6 R-Design gains new 20-inch Ixion II alloys.

The XC60 is Volvo’s first crossover to offer sporty steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Standard on T6 AWD and R-Design, these paddle shifters let the driver shift manually with both hands on the steering wheel. All XC60s gain a new shift knob for the floor-mounted shifter featuring piano black background with illuminated symbols for ease of viewing in the dark.

Advanced Quick Shift is another new standard performance feature for T6 AWD and R-Design models. When Sport Mode is selected or when using paddle shifters, new software mapping improves gear change speed by 20-30 percent on third to sixth gears and up to 50 percent quicker for first to second gear. This helps improve 0-60 mph acceleration to 6.5 seconds from the previous 6.9 seconds.

Interior Delivers More Luxury

Volvo XC60

Among the XC60’s list of interior upgrades is a new standard 3-spoke steering wheel, Off Black dash top, wood décor trim on front door panels, cloth-covered B-pillars, metal trim around air vents, silver décor frame for the headlight module, Quartz headliner, new front door sill plates and a metal threshold for the cargo area.

For those seeking the ultimate in luxury, a new Inscription Package is offered on the S60 T6 AWD. This incudes exclusive Sovereign Hide soft leather seating surfaces, Anthracite Black headliner, leather covered dashboard, power lumbar support, Modern Wood inlays, leather front console cover and Inscription door sill plates and floor mats.

Every XC60 receives a new high-tech instrument cluster. The base 3.2 gains an easy to read analog style cluster. A new adaptive digital display employing Thin Film Transistor (TFT) technology is standard on 3.2 Premier, Premier Plus and Platinum trims levels plus all T6 AWD and R-Design models. With this cluster, drivers can custom-tailor the display to suit their needs by selecting from three different themes:

  • Elegance has a traditional appearance with a large, circular speedometer bordered by secondary displays.
  • Eco features green background illumination with an Eco meter displayed on the left.
  • Performance has red background illumination for a more dynamic look. A tachometer replaces the speedometer while vehicle speed is shown digitally. The right display includes a power meter gauge that informs the driver how much power is available and how much is being used at any given moment.

Setting the Stage for a Dynamic Drive

All XC60s gain new Corner Traction Control (CTC) by torque vectoring. This technology made its debut on the Volvo S60 as a further refinement of Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC). This system makes it easier to smoothly maintain the desired line on winding roads and on wet surfaces. When driving into a curve, the brakes are applied to the inner driven wheel while more power is transmitted to the outer driven wheel. This enables the driver to take the curve more tightly while reducing any tendency to understeer. The driver can accelerate out of the curve while retaining confidence inspiring grip of the road.

Volvo XC60

Additional safety advancements are included with the new Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) Package offered on all models. This package includes BLIS, front and rear park assist, and new Cross Traffic Alert (CTA) and Lane Change Merge Aid (LCMA). The system is based on radar technology installed behind the rear wheels and will detect traffic from a longer distance than the previous BLIS system. A larger detection area provides the capability of informing the driver of rapidly approaching vehicles. LCMA utilizes two levels of LED lights mounted in the A-pillar. While CTA uses radar sensors in the rear bumper to monitor traffic when backing out of a parking space, warning the driver of approaching traffic via a visual alert and audio signal.

A Technology Package, optional on all XC60s, receives an enhanced detection capability feature. Cyclist Detection has been added to Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake. The package also includes Active High Beam that automatically switches the headlights to low beam when opposite traffic is detected, Road Sign Information (RSI) displays traffic speed signs for the driver on the instrument cluster based on the Forward Looking Camera (FLC), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Queue Assist, Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake (CWAB), Distance Alert (DA), Driver Alert Control (DAC) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW).

Volvo XC60

The XC60 was the first vehicle equipped with City Safety. This advanced technology is a driver support system aimed at preventing or mitigating collisions occurring at speeds of 31 mph or less. It utilizes a closing velocity sensor to help determine whether a collision is likely. Depending on the closing speed, City Safety will either pre-charge the brakes or automatically brake the XC60 to help avoid a rear-end collision or lessen its impact.

XC60 offers three levels of performance to satisfy a wide range of buyers. Those seeking the greatest value will be attracted to the XC60 3.2. Its naturally aspirated six-cylinder engine provides 240 horsepower with ULEV II emissions rating or 230 horsepower with PZEV (Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle) rating. Front-wheel drive is standard while Volvo’s All-Wheel Drive with Instant Traction is optional.

The midrange XC60 T6 AWD offers an impressive blend of outstanding performance and value. Output for its 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine is 300 horsepower and 325 lb.-ft. of torque. All-Wheel-Drive with Instant Traction is standard on all turbocharged XC60s.

Volvo XC60

At the top of the XC60 lineup is the T6 AWD R-Design. This model targets enthusiasts with a substantial performance upgrade. Its 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder delivers 325 horsepower and 354 lb.-ft. of torque. The R-Design’s chassis employs stronger damping and a more direct steering gear that allows the driver to benefit from more alert vehicle behavior and more precise communication with the road surface.

The R-Design also endows the XC60 a bolder appearance. Standard features include new 20-inch Ixion II alloy wheels, color-matched lower body moldings and a metallic-themed interior with unique aluminum inserts in the steering wheel, door moldings and the iconic center stack. It also maintains typical R-design attributes like silk metal finish outside mirror housings, trim moldings, skid plates, twin chrome tailpipes and the R-Design logo embossed in the front seat backrests and displayed on the grille.

User-Friendly Features

XC60’s standard Volvo Sensus system lets drivers manage information from the audio unit, navigation system (if equipped) and other functions, displaying them onto a seven-inch high-definition color monitor in the upper part of the center console. It allows the driver to explore the high-tech features of the vehicle and personalize them to suit his or her needs.

Volvo XC60

Volvo’s trim level strategy offers customers the flexibility to add additional features. Buyers can still select the XC60 3.2, T6 AWD and R-Design without a trim level if desired.

For 2014, the Premier trim level, offered exclusively for the 3.2, gains an auto-dimming inside rearview mirror and adaptive digital display. Premier Plus adds rear park assist camera and quick-fold front passenger seat. Platinum receives auto-dimming power-retractable exterior mirrors and interior accent lighting.

The Platinum trim offered for all three XC60 models features the Volvo Premium Sound System with Dolby® Pro Logic® II Surround Sound, 12 premium speakers and 650 watts. Also included is a Navigation System with real time traffic, remote control and map care plus a rear park assist camera.

A new Sport Package including new sport seats and 20-inch Titania alloy wheels is offered on 3.2 and T6 AWD models. The available Climate Package gains a heated windshield and heated steering wheel this year.

New stand-alone options include active dual xenon headlights with washers for 3.2 and T6 AWD, Urban Wood inlays for these models, an accessory prep cable, heated front seats (also available with the Climate Package) and 20-inch Avior alloy wheels for T6 AWD.

Volvo XC60

The XC60 was the first Volvo with standard HD Radio that updates radio signals to digital quality. FM broadcast quality equals the level of a typical CD while AM broadcast quality rivals the prior level of FM. The XC60’s standard high performance sound system includes BluetoothTM streaming audio, and AUX and USB inputs to allow connection and control of personal music devices such as iPodsTM, memory sticks and other media players.

Sirius XMTM satellite radio with a complimentary six-month subscription and Bluetooth hands-free phone interface with audio streaming are also standard.

New Sensus Connected Touch, available as an accessory, connects the car to the Internet and enables drivers and passengers to use various embedded applications that will enhance the driving experience - all through a touchscreen solution. The user has access to full Internet browsing (except when driving), Internet music streaming and Internet radio, Google maps, integrated navigation and an app store for new function upgrades.


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