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STYLING | 9 out of 10
a much more attractive offering than its straight-laced siblings
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.
curvaceous curb appeal
Smooth and rakish from most angles, yet a little bit chiseled underneath it all in profile, the 2013 Volvo XC60 manages to look handsome to buyers with a wide range of expectations. It's an about-face compared to the boxy Volvo wagons of the not-too-distant past, which repeat Volvo buyers and wagon aficionados might not appreciate, but you could also argue that the XC60 is merely the next step in the long evolution of Volvo wagons.
Especially from the side, this tall crossover is svelte by ute standards, with simple, balanced proportions and only the minimum of tasteful detailing--no side gills, no vast swaths of chrome. Only in front does the XC60 overstep its boundaries of taste, with the ironmark badge. It's still understated relative to most other luxury SUV grilles, and perhaps just enough to win over recovering SUV addicts yet not scare away those who don't want to be seen in a truck.You won't find anything all that trucklike or rugged about the interior; the XC60 is much like other Volvo models inside--smooth and carlike in layout, with Volvo's trademark 'floating' center stack, which allows a pass-through behind the instrument panel and a place to stow smaller items. That familiar look is matched with an updated dash layout--a little more upright and angled to the driver than in Volvo cars--as well as some excellent detail work, including a wood (Nordic Light Oak) or metallic-finished center stack (surfaces with curves that remind us of Scandinavian furniture), or contrasting leather upholstery.
The 2013 XC60 represents how Volvo wagons have evolved from boxy to beautiful.