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2011 Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design (photos)

Volvo pushes safety in the form of collision prevention in the XC60, a five-passenger SUV, by fitting it standard with the City Safety system. The XC60 is a practical car, with good mileage, reasonable power, and an easy driving character.

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Volvo's XC60 model is a five-passenger premium SUV. The top-line trim includes a turbocharged six-cylinder engine and Volvo's R-Design package, which brings in a stiffer suspension and some cosmetic tweaks.

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Volvo has modernized its design over the years, although there is still a hint of past boxy bodies in the XC60.

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The turbocharged 3-liter inline six-cylinder engine gives the XC60 a comfortable amount of power. Fuel economy is surprisingly good in real-world driving, with CNET's car actually besting the EPA range.

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SUV ergonomics mean a slight step up into the cabin, but plenty of head and elbow room once inside.

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The R-Design's stiffer suspension was generally comfortable, but it showed some harshness on bad roads. The standard suspension should be fine for most Volvo buyers.

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Showing its premium character, Volvo carpets the cargo area and includes a retractable cover. But the rear seats fold down, expanding the space significantly.

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The XC60 continues Volvo's excellent interior design, with an elegant floating console in the middle and quality materials all around.

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The XC60 is a very easy driver, not requiring too much engagement but still responding well to driver input.

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Controls on the left spoke let you set the following distance from other vehicles for the adaptive cruise control system.

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Volvo incorporates useful LCDs in the center of the gauges.

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The six-speed transmission is pretty average, typically slow to enact shifts. It includes a manual mode, but no sport mode.

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This button-and-knob arrangement seems limited, but it actually works well for controlling the infotainment system.

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These buttons activate the electronic safety features of the car, such as lane-departure warnings and the radar-based collision mitigation system.

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The flash-based navigation system uses high-resolution maps and operates well, responding quickly to inputs.

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Volvo uses this rotary interface for alphanumeric inputs. It can be a little tedious when inputting addresses, so the voice command system is a better option.

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Along with satellite radio, the XC60 also has HD Radio.

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A very modern set of audio sources includes a USB port and Bluetooth audio streaming.

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The iPod interface is elegantly designed and makes it easy to browse for music.

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The audio system includes surround-sound processing. Music reproduction from this system is excellent, with fine detail and rich bass.

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The voice command system lets you place calls by name; it recognizes when a contact has more than one phone number in the phonebook.

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The rearview camera includes trajectory lines, but the view is a little too narrow, making it difficult to judge the distance to obstacles next to the car.

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