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2011 Volvo XC60 Comfort & Quality

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The XC60's crossover shape—essentially a tall wagon with a couple more inches of ground clearance—provides lots of passenger comfort, and a cargo-friendly setup as well. Up front, the driving position is nice and upright, but there's a little less support from the bottom cushion than Volvo seats normally deliver, and the passenger footwell feels a bit narrow. The second row is just passable for two adults, as it's somewhat tight on legroom and there's not quite the width to fit three adults across.

Overall, the XC60's interior speaks of quality trim and textures, with lots of upscale finishes like available real oak veneer. About the only thing we aren't impressed with is the driver interface, which seems cluttered, and relegates some controls to a screen display and a button on the back of the steering wheel. Cargo space is pretty generous, at more than 30 cubic feet with the rear seats up, but they fold down into a large cargo area (67 cubic feet), but they don't fold quite flat. However, there's an extra stash area just under the cargo floor.

Ride quality in the XC60 is quite firm—enough so to allow better body control than you might expect, yet be pliant enough to take on most nasty, unmaintained road surfaces. It's quiet and stable, too.

The 2011 Volvo XC60 has an impressively tight, well-appointed cabin, and a reasonably good ride; the only blemish is backseat space.

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