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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
It felt as if the engineers at Volvo had worked to make the interior as far from intuitive as possible by lodging the controls for the nav system behind the steering wheel where they're impossible for the driver to see and omitting their location from the owner's manual.
Those who fear Big Brother may grumble, but anyone who has ever been involved in a rear-end accident will rejoice.
The screen is on the small side, and its position in the housing makes it tough to decipher it at a glance.
Drivers have found the active cruise to be one of the best, operating without much drama.
The name Volvo makes us think restrained, but there's no holding back inside the XC60 when it comes to features.
All XC60s have a long list of standard equipment that includes power features; cruise control; a large sunroof; power front seats; and an audio system with satellite and HD radio, USB and auxiliary ports, and Bluetooth. The first three years or 36,000 miles of maintenance are also included.
Options can be bundled in Premier, Premier Plus, or Platinum trims, or chosen separately. The list includes active headlights and a panoramic sunroof. An R-Design package groups leather sport seats; 20-inch wheels; roof rails; and a special R-Design grille and trim.
The most powerful T6 wears 18-inch wheels standard, along with the panoramic roof and roof rails. Top options include a Dynaudio 650-watt sound system, heated seats, a rearview camera and navigation system. Volvo's nav unit takes some getting used to also, by the way—it's not a touchscreen device, and only the driver can operate it from wheel-mounted controls.Get some of these, and you can easily add $10k to the XC60's sticker price--although you'll have one of the best-equipped vehicles in this class for about the same as the entry price of some competing luxury models.
Repackaged trim levels don't change the XC60's well-thought-out assortment of features, though the navigation system feels clumsy.