Is the Volvo V60 the best looking load lugger in its class? From the back, quite possibly it's the prettiest big-booted vehicle Volvo has ever made. There are hints of the Volvo C30 hatchback from the back, with a large glass display that almost looks like a tailgate on its own, and the side profile shares the coupe-like exterior of the Volvo V60's saloon brother, the S60. Compared to the stout sides, the Volvo V60's nose looks a little severe but as a whole the Volvo V60 stands out ahead of its competitors.
There's a lot of of room for occupants in the Volvo V60, and despite the car's swooping coupe-like roofline, both headroom and visibility is very good. Volvo has even managed to find around 20mm extra for back passenger legroom. The boot measures in at 430 litres, and the tailgate opens with a high sweep to reveal a flat floor with some add-on underfloor cargo. It's, however, significantly smaller than the Ford Mondeo Estate's 542 litres. All three back seatings can fold separately to create a flat load space, and the front passenger bench folds to create an even longer flat load space.
The Volvo V60's equipment levels eclipses those of its German competitors. There are three versions: ES, SE and SE Lux. All models include a trip computer, cruise control, a 5-inch colour display, powerful audio system with helm-mounted controls and 16-inch alloy wheel. The SE adds various dashboard trim, a leather helm, automatic headlights, wipers and dimming back view mirror, park sensors and 17-inch alloys. The SE Lux adds electric leather seatings, bending-beam headlights and headlamp washers.
The 2012 Volvo XC60 is a well-rounded compact luxury SUV that's one of the top choices for families. Volvo XC60 SUV offers the following pros: Impressive security scores; ample dashboard space; convenient ride; strong turbocharged engine; distinctive layout inside and out; available integrated booster seatings. Volvo XC60 SUV drawbacks are: Some unintuitive dashboard controls; pokey acceleration with base motor.
The 2012 Volvo XC60 is a compact luxury SUV that seats five people. It is available in 3. 2, T6 and T6 R-design versions. Every is available in traditional, Premier Plus and Platinum sub-trims, while the 3. 2 gets an add-on Premier sub-trim.
Traditional features on the Volvo XC60 3. 2 include 17-inch wheels, roof rails, heated mirrors, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way performance driver bench with memory functions and adjustable lumbar, a tilt-and-telescoping helm, material upholstery, a leather-wrapped wheel and shifter, a split-folding 40/20/40 backseat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth phone and stereo connectivity, and an eight-speaker audio system with a CD player, HD radio, radio, an optional stereo slot and an Ipod/usb stereo interface. The 3. 2 Premier and T6 add silver-painted roof rails, tinted back windows, a panoramic sunroof, an eight-way performance passenger bench and leather upholstery. The T6 differs with its more comprehensive motor and 18-inch wheels.
The Premier Plus sub-trims add parking sensors, a performance liftgate, a trunk cover and power-folding back head restraints. The Platinum trims gain a rearview camera, a navigator, real-time traffic and a 12-speaker surround-sound stereo system.
Every R-design model is virtually identical to its T6 counterpart save for special look-and-feel features, twin chrome exhausts, special dashboard trim, a sport helm and sport seatings.
The Climate suite adds headlight washers, heated windshield washer nozzles, automatic wipers, heated front and back seatings and an dashboard air class sensor. The Technology suite adds adaptive cruise control, a collision warning and active brake system, a distance alert system, a driver attention warning system and a lane-departure warning system. Stand-alone features available on all trims include keyless ignition/entry, a blind-spot warning system, integrated back booster seatings and a back entertainment system with dual diplays.
The T6 can be equipped with the Dynamic suite, which adds an adaptive suspension, speed-sensitive steering and adaptive headlights (available separately on 3. 2 and T6). .