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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 2014 Volvo XC60 continues lumping on the driving technology found in so many other luxury crossovers, but at a somewhat lower price. The brand has spent the past few years improving the XC60's value proposition by adding features with a significant price hike, and that trend continues for the current model year.
The base XC60 3.2 includes power front seats, a large sunroof, cruise control, satellite and HD radio, USB connectivity, and Bluetooth. There are also standard rain-sensing wipers, tunnel-detecting headlamps, headlamp washers, and a leather-wrapped wheel. Volvo also offers a yearly oil change for XC60 models.
'Zephyrus' 18-inch wheels are standard on the faster T6 model, as are leather/power seating, a power panoramic roof, silver roof rails and keyless drive. The R-Design model gets a 325-hp engine, 20-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, bi-xenon headlights and unique trim pieces all over.
Within each trim there are Premier, Premier Plus, or Platinum packages. This year the Premier Plus level gains dual xenon headlamps (active in T6 models), while the Premier models get Keyless Drive and the Personal Car Communicator system, which can detect security issues with your car as you approach. Equipment between these three trims levels is otherwise different depending on the model.
Major options at the top of the lineup include a Technology Package (adaptive cruise, collision warning, pedestrian detection, full auto brake, distance alert, lane departure warning, active high beam, and road sign info); a Climate Package (heated front and rear seats, heated washer nozzles, and an air quality system); a rear-seat entertainment system; and a blind-spot system.
Top options include a Dynaudio 650-watt sound system, heated seats, a rearview camera and navigation system with a new user interface.
A fully tricked-out R-Design Platinum can total more than $55k (more than $20k more than a base XC60), but then you'll get one of the best-equipped, most tech-loaded crossovers on the market.
For the price, the base XC60 is a good value; you can spend up to $55,000 in options for an R-Design.