Until a few years ago, Volvo didn't try to compete in the compact crossover segment, but with the XC60 they got it right the first time.
That's impressive, as it's a tight field, with excellent competitors like the BMW X3, Land Rover LR2, Acura RDX, and Infiniti EX35.
Happily, the Volvo entry is one of the handsomest of the bunch, comes standard with all-wheel drive and surprising off-road specs, and adds to the brand's reputation for safety with a new twist.
The Volvo XC60 hammers home the point of driver safety, with an elegant, sophisticated style.
Other luxury brands go more sporting with their compact crossovers; the Acura RDX is a turbocharged wagon with a techno-infused interior, not much cargo space and a whizzy, nervous appeal.
The Infiniti EX35 takes the all-wheel-drive version of the handsome G37 sedan, gives it a sexy rear end, and mostly forgets about utility in the name of crisp handling.
Land Rover's LR2 is a more off-road-focused take on a family crossover, but the brand's new Range Rover Evoque is also worth a look for those who want better gas mileage and want a little more maneuverability.
|2012 Volvo XC60Browse Used Listings||2012 Acura RDXBrowse Used Listings||2012 Audi Q5Browse Used Listings||2012 Infiniti EX35Browse Used Listings||2012 Land Rover LR2Browse Used Listings||2012 Land Rover Range Rover EvoqueBrowse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I6||Turbocharged Gas I4||Turbocharged Gas I4||Gas V6||Gas I6||Turbocharged Gas I4|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Small Station Wagon||Sport Utility||Sport Utility 4WD|
|FWD 4-Door 3.2L PZEV||FWD 4-Door||quattro 4-Door 2.0T Premium||RWD 4-Door||AWD 4-Door HSE LUX||5-Door HB Pure Plus|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All wheel drive||Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|5 Door Wagon||4 Door||Sport Utility Vehicle||4 Door SUV||Sport Utility||Sport Utility|
|Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic||Automatic w/Manual Transmission||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/Manual Shift|