Since its introduction back in 2010, the Volvo XC60 has been one of our favorite mid-size crossover suvs. The model is both handsomely styled and exudes a quality of understated luxuriousness we find particularly appealing. Further, with the wealth of powertrain options Volvo offers for the XC60, the model can be tailored to the tastes of a broad variety of drivers.
In other words, safety isn’t the only reason to consider a Volvo anymore.
Some time ago, the company’s management team made the decision to inject its products with a bit more excitement, while maintaining the core safety values for which the company has long been renowned. To that end, Volvo’s products became more esthetically pleasing, performance became more of a consideration, and their luxury quotient was multiplied considerably.
Volvo has quietly become one of Europe’s most coveted brands.
For the 2014 model year, the XC60 has been treated to a considerable update. The Swedish crossover SUV sports a new front end, an interior update, and its all-wheel drive system has been reworked to improve its performance. Further, some of the Volvo’s safety systems have be reworked, and the transmission fitted the T6 models (of which our test vehicle was one) has been recalibrated to increase its response in the Sport mode.
In other words, as good as it was before, for 2014, the Volvo XC60 is even better, but it still isn’t quite perfect.