Volvo might not be the first name you think of in outdoorsy vehicles, but for wagons the brand is pretty much second to none. The Volvo XC60 is a great crossover, and we love both its rakish, sporty exterior and the upright, contrast-heavy Swedish design sensibility inside. The XC60 is a true luxury car, and it shows inside, with soft leather and real wood finishes. Handling isn't quite as buttoned-down as that of the Allroad, but when you're on the road it doesn't give away its secret that it has a little more ground clearance and ruggedness. The performance you get from the XC60's strong in-line six-cylinder engine is respectable, but the XC60 has inferior 19/25-mpg fuel economy ratings (at best) and doesn't feel all that much quicker than the turbo-four-powered Allroad. Another alternative? Check out the XC70, which is a size larger and longer but a true wagon shape, more along the lines of the Allroad.
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