What's New for 2014:
- Revised styling inside and out
- Upgraded interior materials
- Added standard features
- Enhanced safety features
- Sport, Blind Spot Information, and Inscription packages
- Bright Silver Metallic, Rich Java Metallic, and Crystal White Metallic exterior paint colors
- Configurable digital instrument panel and available paddle shifters
The 2014 Volvo XC60 is a 5-passenger crossover SUV model available in front-wheel-drive (FWD) and all-wheel-drive (AWD) versions, 10 trim levels, and a choice of two 6-cylinder engines. Competitors include the Acura RDX, Audi Q5, BMW X1, Infiniti QX50, and the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class.
Models and Features
Serving as the lineup's base model, the 2014 XC60 3.2 rolls off the assembly line nicely appointed with standard amenities including dual-zone climate control, leather and aluminum interior accents, power driver's seat with 8-way adjustment and memory, Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio service, and 18-in. alloy wheels. Volvo also adds an infotainment system featuring a 7-in. display screen, and backs every XC60 with free factory-scheduled maintenance for the first 30,000 miles.
On top of that, the 2014 XC60 3.2 Premier boasts rear privacy glass, power passenger's seat with 8-way adjustment, leather upholstery, panoramic glass-panel roof, reconfigurable digital instrument cluster, and an auto-dimming interior rearview mirror. For the Volvo XC60 3.2 Premier Plus, those goods are complemented by a rearview camera, power tailgate, folding front passenger seat and rear-seat head restraints, universal garage door opener, and an electronic compass.
At the top of the XC60 3.2 range is the Platinum trim level, separated from the pack by way of a 650-watt surround-sound system with integrated navigation, and power-folding auto-dimming outside mirrors.
AWD is optional on those 3.2 variants, but it's standard fare on the XC60 T6, as are a more powerful engine and paddle shifters. Otherwise, content matches that of the 3.2 Premier. The same goes for XC60 T6 Premier Plus and Platinum versions.
Similarly, the Volvo XC60 T6 AWD R-Design follows the pattern set by the T6 AWD Premier, yet it offers a host of additional upgrades, such as unique interior and exterior styling enhancements, distinct leather upholstery, sport-tuned chassis, and 20-in. alloy wheels. R-Design Premier Plus and Platinum trim levels are also available.
Options and Packages
Options for the 2014 Volvo XC60 vary depending on the trim level selected, but highlights include rear child booster seats, myriad safety features, heated seats and steering wheel, wood trim, and a leather-clad dashboard.
Under the Hood
Buyers who opt for one of the 2014 Volvo XC60 3.2 models will be working with, as the name suggests, a 3.2-liter inline 6-cylinder engine that produces 240 horsepower and 236 lb.-ft. of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission is charged with delivering output to the front or all four wheels.
For T6 variants, Volvo employs a turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder that generates 300 horsepower and 325 lb.-ft. of torque. The same engine is utilized in the XC60 R-Design, though in that application the power ratings have been bumped up to 325 horsepower and 354 lb.-ft. of torque.
Volvo claims the 2014 XC60 can tow up to 3,300 lbs.
EPA estimates suggest the FWD 3.2 is the most efficient of all 2014 Volvo XC60 models, though not by much. Offering 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, it's only a smidge better than its AWD counterpart. Adding the turbocharged 3.0-liter under the hood takes more of a toll, resulting in just 17 mpg around town and 24 mpg out on the open road. Thankfully, the automaker claims both engines operate just fine on regular-grade gasoline, so there's no need to pay extra for premium.
Safety Ratings and Technology
In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2014 Volvo XC60 received an overall rating of 5 (out of 5) stars. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2014 XC60 received a \"Good\" rating--the Institute's highest--in all categories; the XC60 also received a \"Top Safety Pick+\" designation from the Institute.
Volvo equips the 2014 XC60 with 6 air bags, front active head restraints, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, rain-sensing wipers, and a rearview camera (limited to higher trim levels). Options include forward-collision warning, pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane-departure warning, front and rear park-assist sensors, bright HID headlights, cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring and road-sign information systems, intelligent cruise control, and active high-beam headlights.