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$33,300
On Styling
The XC60 gracefully demonstrates how the brand's progressed from boxy to beautiful.
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a much more attractive offering than its straight-laced siblings
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readily identifiable as a Volvo, handsome within
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To our eyes, this is the best-looking four-door Volvo in quite a while.
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curvaceous curb appeal
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Organically smooth and rakish from some angles, the XC60 is a handsome crossover, one that marks a decade of progress in Volvo design. The box is dead--long live the beautiful. Especially from the sideview, the XC60 is svelte by ute standards, balanced and subtly adorned with only the necessary detailing. It's as cohesive a design as we've seen in the class, besting the Buick Enclave in traditionalism. The only hints of overt overstatement are up front, where Volvo's ironmark badge is actually pretty small and delicate, when you compare it to the likes of the Benz GLK's Civic-sized star.

Inside, the XC60 is has a very appealing design, taking design attributes from other Volvos, like the 'floating' center stack with storage behind, and meshing it with an updated version of the smooth but more upright dash in the XC90—with the center stack slightly angled toward the driver. The wood (Nordic Light Oak) or metallic-finished center stack (surfaces with curves that remind us of Scandinavian furniture) verges into the gauge cluster hood, and all sorts of pleasing colors and textures—including contrasting two-tone seats—fill out the cabin.

Conclusion

The XC60 gracefully demonstrates how the brand's progressed from boxy to beautiful.

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