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2010 Volvo XC60 photos

Volvo's newest model is a crossover, and it incorporates a new safety feature designed to prevent accidents at low speeds. The cabin includes many tech treats, but working out how to use them is the hard part.

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Volvo's new crossover incorporates elements of its wagon models, yet sits high like an SUV. The company, renowned for safety innovations, uses new electronic safety technology with the XC60
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The XC60's standard city safety feature uses a laser to detect cars in front of it, and will jam on the brakes when a collision is imminent. This feature only works at speeds less than 20 mph.
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The XC60 is powered by a turbocharged direct injection 3-liter inline six-cylinder engine. As an alternative, you can also get the car with a naturally-aspirated 3.2-liter six-cylinder engine.
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The XC60 presents a sport side view, with lines angling down toward the front of the car.
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Although the XC60 rides at SUV height, it handles extraordinarily well, showing minimal roll in corners.
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For a five passenger crossover, the XC60 offers a lot of cargo space.
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This panoramic sunroof lets a lot of light in for both seating rows.
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That Volvo is a premium brand becomes clear from the cabin, with its build quality and materials.
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Volvo integrates buttons for cruise control on the left spoke, and audio/phone buttons on the right spoke.
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The display in the speedometer shows the adaptive cruise control system, with the speed set to 75 mph.
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The six-speed-automatic transmission isn't particularly aggressive, but it does a good job of finding the right gear for the circumstances.
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Volvo began using this floating console design a few years ago. It creates a clean look for the cabin.
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Because the audio and phone systems aren't integrated with the navigation interface, the car uses separate displays for each, with the navigation system getting the colorful LCD while phone and audio are relegated to the upper monochrome display.
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The four way switch surrounded by the Enter and Exit buttons controls the phone and audio systems. It's used to browse music from an iPod or entries in a phone book.
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This map view shows traffic, with red arrows indicated bad traffic problems.
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The route guidance graphics are explicit, making it easy to see upcoming turns.
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Buttons mounted behind the steering wheel control destination input and other navigation functions. It's not a very good interface.
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The small monochrome display shows CD folder information.
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The iPod interface lets you browse albums and artists, although the screen is small.
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An optional Dynaudio audio system uses 12 speakers and 650 watts of amplification to bring out a nicely balanced sound.
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This rearview camera is one of the car's many driver aids.

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