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2017 Volvo XC60 Walk Around


Despite a design that shows it age, both externally and internally, the XC60’s wedge-like profile remains attractive and distinctive. Visually, there’s no doubt that it’s still a Volvo.

In today’s competitive crossover SUV world, the XC60 scores around average in styling. Smooth body contours blend with several rather rakish angular elements, complemented by an upswept beltline. Overall, the XC60 exhibits a high level of fit-and-finish.

Interior

Like competitive crossovers, the XC60 has seating for five, though four adults will be more comfortable. For family travel and daily life, it’s a useful, roomy crossover, with sufficient cargo space for everyone’s luggage.

Both the driver and front passenger could hardly ask for more in seat comfort, since those in the XC60 are among the best to be found. Side bolsters for both the seatback and cushion help keep occupants firmly positioned.

Front and rear riders can expect bountiful headroom, but back-seat legroom is a bit tight, especially for passengers with longer legs. Three youngsters fit nicely in the back seat, but that number of grown-ups won’t be so pleased.

Cargo volume is surprisingly abundant: more than 30 cubic feet with rear seatbacks raised. Folding the seats down expands the space to 67 cubic feet. The only demerit is a load floor that isn’t fully flat.

Apart from the XC60’s impressive digital gauge clusters, the interior shows it age and comes across as somewhat boring. The black dashboard is on the plain side, with a layout that falls behind some modern rivals.

Still, the all-digital dashboard angles appropriately toward the driver, displaying its cluster of high-resolution virtual instruments, each one clear and bright. Optional two-tone leather upholstery helps boost the XC60’s premium appearance. The center console retains Volvo’s familiar floating stack, containing audio and climate controls.

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