New for 2014The refreshed 2014 Volvo XC60 gets a new grille with a larger logo, LED daytime running lights, customizable instrument cluster, three spoke, steering wheel, integrated exhausts, new headlights, Corner Traction Control with torque vectoring, three new exterior colors, and paddle shifters for T6 models. A new sport package is available for the 3.2 and T6 AWD models with new-design 20-inch allow wheels. Premier Plus models now add a rearview camera and quick-fold front passenger seat (only on the 3.2, standard on T6 models). The Platinum grade adds auto-dimming and power-retractable exterior mirrors and accent lighting.
Vehicle OverviewThe 2014 XC60 is a luxury compact crossover sold in six grades and in front- or all-wheel drive configuration. Two new four-cylinder engines were added for the 2015 model year but are only available with front-wheel drive.
SummaryThe 2014 XC60 is available with a 3.2-liter I-6 making 240 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque or a turbocharged 3.0-liter I-6 producing 300 hp and 325 lb-ft in the T6 AWD or 325 hp and 354 lb-ft in the T6 R-Design paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. EPA-rated fuel economy is unimpressive with the front-drive 3.2 models at 18/26 mpg city/highway and opting for all-wheel drive drops those numbers to 18/25 mpg. All T6 models including the more powerful R-Design grade achieve 17/24 mpg, which is respectable for a car with more than 300 hp and standard all-wheel drive.
Driving dynamics is a 2014 XC60 strong suit - especially the more powerful T6 variants, offering smooth and strong acceleration, comfortable ride, and good handling for a crossover. 3.2 models are not as competitive due to the I-6’s lack of power and disappointing fuel economy.
Exterior styling is distinctive, making the 2014 stand out against its competition without detracting from cabin space. Inside, the XC60 has a well built and stylish interior with seats that are “gorgeous, comfortable, and supportive” for four passengers. Despite the sexy exterior styling, Cargo space is generous with 40/20/40 split rear seats and a maximum cargo capacity of 67.4 cubic feet.
Safety remains a Volvo hallmark with a host of standard passive and active features such as seats with whiplash protection and side impact protection. Additionally, Volvo puts its City Safety auto-brake and collision avoidance system standard on all cars except the aging XC90 seven-passenger crossover. A Technology Package adds blind spot warning system, Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake, Lane Change Merger Aid, front and rear park assist, Cyclist detection, adaptive cruise control, and Cross Traffic Alert. However, its infotainment system isn’t the most intuitive with finicky, unintuitive controls, dated graphics, and gauges that aren’t clearly labeled.
The 2014 Volvo XC60 has a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars) and is considered a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS, earning a good score on all categories (good is the highest possible score).
What We ThinkThe 2014 XC60 is a competitive entry in the compact luxury crossover with distinctive styling, plush and upscale interior made of high quality materials, comfortable ride and impressive safety features. In a 2010 Editor’s Notebook review, we noted that the XC60 “confirms that nobody does a better job with seats than Volvo,” referring to their high levels of comfort and supportiveness. Additionally, the 2014 XC60’s cabin is loaded with convenience features that make it a practical crossover for families or for hauling cargo with its 40/20/40 split rear seats that fold flat and a wide-opening tail gate. T6 models are the pick of the range since their horsepower and torque advantage doesn’t come with a huge compromise in fuel economy.
- Available turbocharged I-6
- Comfortable and practical cabin
- One of the safest vehicles on the road
You Won’t Like
- Disappointing fuel economy
- Underpowered 3.2-liter I-6
- Finicky infotainment controls
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