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  • (4.4) 11 reviews
  • Available Prices: $8,960–$19,404
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 19-21
  • Engine: 240-hp, 3.2-liter I-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 5
2011 Volvo XC60

Our Take on the Latest Model 2011 Volvo XC60

What We Don't Like

  • Front seats may be too firm for some
  • Light-colored lower dashboard
  • Navigation controls on back of steering wheel
  • Snug backseat
  • Rear backrests don't recline

Notable Features

  • Five seats
  • 240-hp six-cylinder or 300-hp turbo six-cylinder
  • FWD or AWD
  • Standard City Safety collision avoidance system
  • More power for 2011
  • New 3.2 R-Design model

2011 Volvo XC60 Reviews

Vehicle Overview

Volvo's XC60 is a new small crossover SUV that competes with other premium entries, like the Lexus RX, Cadillac SRX and Mercedes GLK. Powered by a normally aspirated or turbocharged six-cylinder engine, the XC60 is available with a wealth of safety features like lane departure warning and collision warning.

New for 2011
For 2011, both engines see an increase in power, and the XC60 gains a new R-Design version of the 3.2. The XC60 T6 gains a few more standard features as well.

Exterior
The XC60 is instantly recognizable as a Volvo SUV thanks to its large front grille, which is similar to the one used by its larger sibling, the XC90. Despite this similarity, the XC60 is sleeker overall and has unique design cues, like angular, supplementary lights just inside its large headlights. Ground clearance measures a sizable 9.1 inches. Exterior features include:

  • 17-inch wheels
  • Optional 18- or 20-inch wheels
  • Optional xenon headlights
  • R-Design trim (3.2L and T6) includes silver roof rails, tinted rear windows, aluminum accents, unique grille, unique tailpipes and scuff plates
  • Optional rearview camera, power tailgate
  • Optional panoramic moonroof

Interior
Whereas the XC90 can seat up to seven people with its optional third-row seat, the XC60 is designed to carry a maximum of five people in two rows. The seats can have some rather startling two-tone color combinations, including black and yellow leather. The XC60 also has a slim dashboard control panel that gives the cabin some aesthetic appeal. The second-row bench seat folds flat to expand the cargo area. Interior features include:

  • Power driver seat
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • CD stereo with USB/iPod compatibility
  • Optional Dolby Pro-Logic II surround-sound stereo
  • Optional heated seats, leather upholstery
  • R-Design models include unique instruments, steering wheel and sport seats

Under the Hood
The XC60 is powered by a 3.2-liter inline-six-cylinder engine, with a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder in the T6. Power is up 5 horsepower in the 3.2-liter six-cylinder and 19 hp in the 3.0-liter turbo.  Mechanical features include:

  • 3.2-liter inline-six makes 240 hp and 236 pounds-feet of torque (XC60 3.2); low-emissions version sold in some states makes 230 hp and 221 pounds-feet
  • Turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder makes 300 hp and 325 pounds-feet of torque (XC60 T6)
  • Six-speed automatic transmission (both engines)
  • 3.2 offers front- or all-wheel drive
  • T6 offers all-wheel drive only

Safety
Volvo's standard City Safety system scans the road ahead and looks for looming obstacles; it can automatically brake the car at low speeds, should the driver fail to do so. Other safety features include:

  • Antilock disc brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Front-seat side-impact airbags, two-row side curtain airbags
  • Optional integrated second-row booster seats
  • Optional lane departure warning system
  • Optional higher-speed collision warning system with automatic braking

 

Consumer Reviews

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2011 Volvo XC60

by DJunhappy from Boston MA on December 5, 2017

Love the comfort and sturdiness of this vehicle however I?ve had an issue with coolant (radiator), an issue with a loud inner cabin noise (vibrating hum) soon after my five year warranty ended which w... Read Full Review

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6 Trims Available

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2011 Volvo XC60 Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Volvo XC60 3.2

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Volvo XC60 3.2

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Other

Roof Strength
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
G
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Volvo XC60 3.2

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Volvo XC60 3.2

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Side Barrier
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There are currently 3 recalls for this car.


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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,900 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

48mo/50,000mi

Powertrain

48mo/50,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

48mo/unlimited

Free Scheduled Maintenance

36mo/36,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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