2011 Volvo XC60

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

182.2” x 67.4”


Front-wheel drive



The good:

  • Stylish interior and exterior
  • Handling
  • Turbo six-cylinder's performance
  • Highway stability
  • Optional integrated booster seats

The bad:

  • 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

4 trims

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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 review: Our expert's take

By Warren Brown

The policeman was right. I was speeding. I have an explanation, which is not the same as an acceptable excuse. Nor is it meant to be. But it is the truth. I had slipped into the Joy Zone.

It is a hazard inherent in the operation of an exceptional automobile, which was the case that crisp November morning when I was driving the 2011 Volvo XC60 R-Design wagon heading north on Lee Highway in Northern Virginia.

How ironic!

I was driving one of the world’s safest vehicles. Yet I ran into a speeding ticket that will cost me $200.

I am tempted to blame distraction, the cause of 90 percent of our nation’s traffic accidents, especially in urban areas. But seduction is much closer to the truth.

I was seduced, snookered, suckered by the smoothness of the new XC60’s turbocharged 3-liter in-line six-cylinder engine – 300 horsepower, 325 foot-pounds of torque. That’s 19 more horsepower and 30 foot-pounds more torque than was available in the 2010 version of that engine.

But I can’t really blame those power increases, either. Many cars have high-horsepower, high-torque engines. There is little about them, however, to lure you into the Joy Zone.

That zone is a special place, where driver and car become one. Only the finest cars can take you there. You think. Limbs move. The car goes. It is a machine totally in sync with human movement and emotion.

The better it performs, the better you feel, until reality intrudes.

I am lucky that intrusion came in the form of a speeding ticket. Other motorists aren’t as fortunate. Their Joy Zone leads to injury, or death. I’ll take the fine, thank you very much.

But the irony remains vexing. The XC60 R-Design wagon is so rock-solid safe. For example, it is available with an optional Volvo-patented technology, “City Safe.” At 18 mph or below, an infrared detection system automatically slows or stops the wagon if a stationery or slowing vehicle, or human being, is detected in its path.

City Safe can be turned off in congested traffic where automatically stopping to avoid striking a vehicle in front of you can cause another motorist to slam into your rear end.

Nothing’s perfect. But I appreciate Volvo’s effort to put as much safety into its cars and wagons as possible. Other XC60 technology, such as an audible lane-departure warning system, represents a successful attempt by Volvo to improve on safety systems introduced by rivals. Ditto the XC60’s available blind-side warning system, which can prevent motorists from swerving into unseen (by the human eye) trailing traffic.

It’s all good stuff. But it is absent an important complement – my proposed Joy Zone Warning Device. It seems only fair that such technology be included in the XC60, considering that Volvo has gone out of its way to make the wagon accelerate and handle in the manner of a well-engineered sports car.

The Joy Zone Warning Device would detect dangerous fantasy levels, such as when a motorist, lost in the wow-zee of it all, exits a high-speed expressway and enters a more speed-restricted city street. It could issue dumbbell or knucklehead alerts, something like “Hey, knucklehead, slow down! You’re on a city street. Slow down!”

I’d happily pay a couple of hundred bucks or more for that system. Heck, I’m paying for it anyway.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior 4.5
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value 4.1
  • Exterior 4.5
  • Reliability 4.4
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Don't trust Volvo any longer

I've owned [11] Volvos over the last ~40 years. Now, however, the company does NOT honor its "warranties." Bought used, 97K, 5 years ago. Rusting in the front wheel wells. Neither the selling Volvo dealer nor Volvo (NJ) will honor the 12 year rust-thru obligation. I will NEVER buy another from these sleazy manufacturers.


4th Volvo= Quality, Reliability, Safety & Comfort

I've been purchasing & driving Volvos since '95. Our 1st, a 850GLT sedan, & then the S70 for my wife & S80 for myself. We traded her S70 for the '11 XC60. It's been a great change for her. She's petite and loves sitting up higher than the S70 and enjoys the added confidence of AWD. Fuel economy is within a acceptable range for this solid crossover. She has been trading every 7-8yrs or hitting 120Kmi. We just traded for a new '19 XC60 and love it thus far. She works from home now so she's driving much less, so I expect we'll have the new '19 XC60 longer than in the past. As for the '11, it's a very comfortable car and it's great in all types of weather. Smooth quiet ride, regular maintenance makes for longevity and reliability assurance. Our largest expense was new tires at 60Kmi along with new brake pads on all 4 corners. Have driven to St Pete Beach from NY Adirondacks every Oct. & Apr. for 2wks and found road trips to be comfortable and great 360° views in traffic and parking lots. Would buy another of same generation or the next generation XC60 that arrived for the 2018 model year. Can't beat the quality of safety history that remains stellar. Have recommended both generations to friends and coworkers.


Great car for the money.

This vehicle was exactly what I was looking for. The dealer was awesome and made this transaction very easy to deal with. I would buy again from them.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Volvo
New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
144 months/unlimited distance
48 months/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Less than 5 years/less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
5 years/unlimited miles , upgradeable up to 10 years
Dealer certification required
170- plus point inspection
Roadside assistance
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