Behind the wheel

Behind the wheel  - 2012 Volvo XC60 Review - Reviews - Volvo XC60

The base XC60 has a 240-horsepower, 3.2-liter six-cylinder engine. I drove the more powerful T6 version, which was a little bit of a bummer. I appreciated the solid feel and the 325-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine's quick and smooth acceleration, but the soft ride felt a little on the floaty side for my taste. That, in combination with its 38.4-foot turning diameter, made me feel like I was driving a larger SUV than I was. In comparison, the GLK has a turning circle of 37.6 feet.

While I personally prefer more car-like cornering, my husband loved the ride quality. He said he had no idea what I was griping about. You'll have to drive this one yourself and see how it feels to you.

One thing we definitely agreed on was the surprising amount of noise inside the XC60. With a luxury brand like Volvo, you expect and hope for an unnaturally quiet interior. Unfortunately, this is one area where Volvo doesn't deliver. My husband and I both commented on the wind noise entering the cabin from around the windshield pillars, possibly from the large side mirrors. The noise issue didn't improve in the backseat, either. My daughter asked me on more than one occasion if a window was cracked or if she maybe hadn't shut the door all the way. She said she could hear every car that passed us on the highway.

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    Child seats
    Please refer to page 42 for information on securing child seats with the seat belts. ...

    Sound settings
    Call volume Call volume can be only be adjusted during a call. Use the buttons in the steering wheel keypad or the infotainment systems VOL control. Infotainment system volume If no phone call i ...

    FAVstoring a shortcut
    The FAV button can be used to store frequently used functions, making it possible to start the stored function by simply pressing FAV. One favorite (for example, Equalizer) can be programmed ...