2014 Volvo XC60 vs. Its Competition

2014 Volvo XC60
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The XC60 was Volvo's first foray into the compact and midsize crossover segment, and they got this one right the first time.

While a Swedish badge may not have quite the same cachet as a German one, the XC60 is a solid competitor for cars like the Audi Q5, Land Rover LR2 and BMW X3.

The X3 is a smooth-riding, luxurious alternative, but it feels small inside.

The Audi Q5 out-handles the XC60, and it gets better fuel economy, too.

The RDX is more conservative than past models after last year's redesign.

The Infiniti QX50–formerly the EX37–is far less practical than the XC60, but is also far more performance-oriented.

Finally, the Land Rover LR2 is the right size, but it's more about off-roading than family time.

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Quick Specs
The 2014 Volvo XC60 keeps in sync with Volvo's reputation for safe, luxurious wagons–just in a taller crossover package.
The 2014 Acura RDX offers a relatively sporty look and driving feel, as well as a quiet, comfortable interior and top-notch safety; but features or flair it's no standout.
The 2014 Audi Q5 gets quite serious about fuel economy with TDI power; it's still one of the most elegant, truly carlike luxury crossover SUVs.
The 2014 BMW X3 is one of the sportiest-driving yet most fuel-efficient compact crossovers; and especially if you're not budget-limited you'll almost certainly be happy with its useful technology options and finely detailed cabin.
The 2014 Infiniti QX50 has the performance (and attitude) of a sport sedan, along with rich, warm cabin appointments and standout tech; but compared to almost any other crossover its interior isn't very useful behind the front seats.
The LR2 is most at home on city streets–though it's capable of playing in the dirt–and its turbocharged engine makes it all the more fun.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded I-6Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WDSmall SUV 4WDSmall Station WagonsN/A
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door 3.2L PZEVFWD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 2.0T PremiumAWD 4-Door xDrive28iRWD 4-DoorAWD 4-Door
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFour Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport Utilityquattro Sport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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