Joe and Don seem quite happy with the XC60's design, but I thought it looked like any other Volvo when I looked at it in my driveway. Sure, the taillights are very stylized and look quite nice, but the rest of it looks pretty tame. The interior is no different than any recent Volvo and the navigation system requires a remote control to be used, which is a joke.
Still, this Volvo XC60 drives rather well. Acceleration is strong enough and quite smooth, as Don points out. It's a relatively good value with a $38,000 base price, but I wish the interior were as modern as that of the competing Mercedes-Benz GLK or Audi Q5. Both of its German rivals offer much better infotainment systems that are also more intuitive to use.
Phil Floraday, Senior Online Editor