2014 Volvo XC60: What's Changed

  • Most significant changes: Exterior styling tweaks and a new gauge layout 
  • Price change: TBA 
  • On sale: This summer
  • Which should you buy, 2013 or 2014? If you bemoan the loss of traditional gauges to panels and screens, stick with the 2013.

Volvo’s smallest crossover is getting a makeover. The updated 2014 XC60 will debut next month at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show with subtle exterior styling tweaks, a new gauge cluster and revised interior materials.

Volvo’s best-selling vehicle wears restyled headlamps and a wider hood with a more horizontal grille and a larger badge. The 2014 version is also one body color — no more black trim outside. Gone too are the previously visible washer nozzles; they’re now out of sight under the hood. Volvo also says there’s newly available 20-inch wheels that keep the same tire profile height as the 19s, so ride shouldn’t be impacted.

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The XC60’s powertrain is unchanged this year. The crossover again uses a 3.2-liter inline-six-cylinder engine or turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder; both are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Newly standard for 2014 is corner traction control, which Volvo says applies brake force to the inner wheels while powering the outer wheels when accelerating out of a corner.

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