2014 Volvo XC60 Review
Test drivers say the 2014 Volvo XC60 is a great family SUV with a roomy cabin, a bunch of hi-tech safety features and a comfortable and classy interior, but they wish its base engine offered more power.
The XC60's base six-cylinder engine provides sufficient power, automotive writers say, but they recommend upgrading to the more powerful turbocharged six-cylinder engines in higher trims for their added power and brisk acceleration. All models are equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission that reviewers say is generally smooth, but can occasionally hunt for gears while climbing hills. The base XC60 gets an EPA-estimated 18/26 mpg city/highway, which is acceptable for the class. Test drivers say the 2014 XC60 has controlled handling and a composed ride that's firm but comfortable. They add that while it’s not the sportiest crossover in the class, its steering is sharp and it’s easy to maneuver in tight spaces thanks to a small turning radius.
Reviewers say the Volvo XC60's cabin is contemporary and well-appointed with quality materials. They say the XC60’s seats are exceptionally comfortable, and that the back seat provides plenty of head- and legroom. Auto writers think the XC60 is a great choice for families thanks to options like built-in child booster seats and cutting-edge safety features including City Safety and pedestrian and cyclist detection, both of which automatically apply the brakes at low speeds to try to avoid a collision. Standard features include Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system with a 7-inch display screen, an eight-speaker audio system, Bluetooth and satellite radio. Available features include a voice-controlled navigation system, front and rear park assist, a 12-speaker premium audio system, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system with dual screens, a rearview camera and lane departure warning. While test drivers say that the climate controls are clearly labeled and easy to use, some think the audio and navigation systems aren't as straightforward as those in rivals due to small buttons and a small display screen. Cargo space is excellent for the class.
- "As for those competitors, the well-rounded 2014 Audi Q5 and 2014 BMW X3 come closest to matching the XC60's space and amenities, and they're a bit more luxurious as well. The Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class isn't as roomy as the Volvo, but it boasts added refinement and a similar emphasis on safety. There's also the 2014 Acura RDX, which offers strong value and even more passenger and cargo space than the XC60. Solid choices all, but when it comes to providing family-friendly transport in a stylish package, it's hard to beat the 2014 Volvo XC60." -- Edmunds
- "The XC60's trump card, however, is its perfect 5-star crash-test ratings, an achievement no other SUV in this class can match. For anyone who has children, the XC60's safety record trumps any gains its competitors may have in the areas of power, styling or features." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Still, if you're looking for an uncommon family hauler with more safety features than a panic room, the Volvo XC60 should be on your list." -- Car and Driver
- "Refined and loaded to the brim with expected and innovative safety features, Volvo's compact SUV is a good one. Its only significant flaws are an occasionally crunchy ride and somewhat steep pricing on T6 and R-Design models. On the whole, XC60's balance of power, handling, and comfort make it worthy of serious consideration for those who desire something small yet upscale." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Other Luxury SUVs to Consider
The Audi Q5 receives high praise from the automotive press for its luxurious interior and fun driving dynamics. The Q5 comes standard with all-wheel drive, and it gets good fuel economy ratings for the class.
Reviewers praise the Acura RDX for its powerful V6 engine and spacious, comfy interior. The RDX also has ample cargo space and comes standard with a backup camera.
Details: 2014 Volvo XC60
The 2014 Volvo XC60 comes with front-wheel drive and is available in three trims: 3.2, T6 AWD and T6 AWD R-Design. The base model has a 3.2-liter, six-cylinder engine and higher trims have more powerful turbocharged 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engines. All trims come with a six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is optional on the base model and standard on higher trims. The XC60 was introduced for 2010 and sees few changes for the 2014 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2010 to 2014 model years.