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What to Expect from the 2015.5 Volvo XC60

Pros

  • Improved infotainment system

  • Has optional and standard safety and driver-aid tech

  • Enhanced steering wheel controls

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Cons

  • Rear camera is an optional upgrade

  • Overzealous driver-aid features

Bottom line

It’s not every day that a car gets an upgrade in the middle of the year that it was released, but any updates will be welcomed with open arms by car owners, especially if it means better performance and improved driving experience. This is exactly what the XC60 can offer. The new Sensus Connect upgrade may be understated compared to its exterior and interior design, but the added functions and features definitely are not.

Design

The design of the XC60 is reminiscent of Volvo’s S60 sedan and V60 wagon, with its tall seating and spacious rear. Understated yet luxurious best describes the interior that uses high-quality and somewhat pricey materials. What you get for your money includes rear end power liftgate, comfortable cabin features, smart keyless entry, and push-button start.

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Tech Upgrades

Every entertainment feature of the XC60 has been updated, from the speakers to audio sources. But the real star is the web-connected infotainment system that allows you to use Yelp, Tuneln, Wikilocations and other apps. Although doing a local search using the Sensus system is a bit slow, it’s not something that Volvo can’t update very soon.

There is also the technology package designed to improve driving safety to a whole new level. The forward-collision system, combined with the low-speed collision-avoidance system and distance-alert system, will make driving on the road safer and smoother. It is sure to increase your confidence as well.

Driving Performance

The XC60 is powered by a twin-scroll turbocharged 3.0 liter, 6-cylinder engine that puts out 300 horsepower. The number is pretty good, considering its size. The car also has a 6-speed automatic transmission with programs for both manual and sport shift.

For a starting price of $42,400, the XC60 definitely gives more value for your money.

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