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2016 Volvo XC60 Walk Around


Over its seven years, the Volvo XC60 has maintained the same look, with only a new nose for 2013. Yet the chiseled lines, rakish angles and upswept beltline remain distinctive and don’t look too dated.

Among crossovers, the Volvo looks more like a car or wagon than the vast majority of them. Its overall proportions are well balanced. The XC60 is higher than it appears, and that’s no small design trick. The nose is low and crisp, and the bumpers are slim. The grille features a chrome diagonal bar that’s the Volvo symbol, understated, unlike the Acura shiny wedge or Lexus in-your-face spindle.

There are no artificial scallops like cupcake icing. It’s not insecure or screaming for attention like a BMW. You’ll find no moldings in the wheel arches, or fake vents like in a Buick. The XC60 is simply handsome and mature, while being far more rugged and capable (with all-wheel drive) than it suggests.

Interior

The Volvo XC60 cabin is Scandinavian to the core, bless its clean and functional heart. It’s quiet and the front seats are supremely comfortable. The floating center stack with real dials on its console is a relief. The center stack is canted toward the driver, with a clear Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) display of the gauges and instruments. The black dashboard is relatively plain, devoid of glitz, business-like; it avoids confusion, it’s about driving, not game-playing. If the standard black leather interior appears too sober, two-tone leather is available.

Three kids fit fine in the back, but not three adults. Legroom is not ample, but headroom is generous. There is a good 30 feet of cargo space behind the rear seat, which folds flat, although not completely flat.

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