I liked the 2010 Volvo XC60 from the moment I laid eyes on it earlier this year. The XC60 is the Swedish car company's first foray into the compact crossover segment—the same niche that includes a number of new entries this year; the 2010 Lexus RX350, the 2010 Cadillac SRX, the 2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK, and the 2010 Audi Q5. Volvo's 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.
Earlier this year when we first drove the new crossover, pricing was announced, and with destination charges, the Volvo XC60 T6 with All-Wheel Drive and the powerful turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder came in at $38,025 -- a little pricey during these tough economic times. But this price is for their top-of-the-line model.
As I recently reported about the 2010 Cadillac SRX, there's significant market pressure to lower the cost of new vehicles to make them more competitive against ever tougher competition that's coming from everybody raising their game.
Volvo's next move with the 2010 XC60 was to roll out the models under the T6.
They did that today.
The 2010 XC60 3.2 will be offered with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive when the vehicle goes on sale this summer. A front-wheel drive XC60 3.2 is value priced at $32,395 with the AWD version coming in at $34,395.
The XC60's normally aspirated 3.2 is the same engine that powers the base S80 sedan introduced in 2008 and comes with a six-speed automatic transmission. The inline six-cylinder produces a 235 horsepower, down from the T6's 281 horsepower. Fuel economy for the 3.2-liter an estimated 18 mpg city, 27 mpg highway and an estimated 18 miles per gallon in the city.
At this price, Volvo's low-speed anti-collision system, City Safety, remains standard. Other standard features for the 2010 Volvo XC60 3.2 include: 17-inch alloy wheels; auto-dimming inside rearview mirror, Bluetooth with hands free capability, dual zone Electronic Climate Control, an audio system that incorporates HD Radio, a CD player with MP3 capability, USB and aux. inputs and Sirius Satellite Radio including a 6-month complimentary subscription. A cargo area load cover and power driver's seat with memory function including the outside mirrors are also standard.
Complimentary Factory Scheduled Maintenance program, which covers the first three years or 36,000 miles (whichever comes first).
Major option groups and free-standing options include:
- Premium Package: $1700
- Climate Package: $1000
- Convenience Package: $1000
- Multimedia Package: $2700
- Technology Package: $1700
- All Wheel Drive with Instant Traction & Hill Descent Control: $2000
- Metallic Paint: $550
- Laminated Panoramic Roof, Two Laminated Glass Panels w/Power: $600
- Modern Wood Center Stack Inlay: $295
- Blind Spot Information System (BLIS): $700
- Personal Car Communicator (PCC) with Keyless Drive, Two-Way: $550
- Dual Outboard Two-Stage Child Booster Seats w/ Adaptive Seatbelts: $500
- Dual Xenon Gas Discharge Headlights with Active Bending Light (ABL): $800
- 18" MERAC Wheels: $750
It turns out that the smaller vehicles in luxury crossover segment make up one of the hottest categories for 2010, with more new product that just about any other grouping. Enjoy the fruits of free-market competition as manufacturers vie for your buck...