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2017 Volvo XC60 T6: A safe, smaller luxury SUV

This post appeared previously on our travel site, California Exploring.

Having recently relocated to Southern California from Chicago, we couldn’t wait to get out and explore. So, when we Volvo offered us the use of their XC60 T6 luxury SUV, we couldn’t wait to jump in and hit the road. Having previously driven their XC90, North America’s Truck of the Year and a personal favorite, I was interested to see how the XC60 would compare to the uber luxurious XC90. Keep in mind the XC60 comes in at roughly $20,000 less, depending on the trim package you choose.

Standard on the base XC60 for 2017 are leather seats, a panoramic sunroof and blind-spot monitoring that is an option on many competing SUVs.

The XC60 is right-sized and friendly for many families. At 15.2 feet in length, the XC60 is on the large side of compact, with 41.2 inches of front-seat legroom and 67.4 cubic feet of cargo space at the rear. The back liftgate opening is sizable to allow for easy packing, and back-seat legroom of 36.4 inches is decent.

The 2017 XC60 is beefy looking, yet easy to maneuver in tight spaces, with the steering mostly needing a light touch.

Leather-covered seats provided fatigue-free resting spots and every passenger had a properly positioned head restraint. The rear-seat, pull-down, center armrest/cupholders/storage spot was unexpectedly wide so elbows of outboard passengers didn’t bump into each other.

The standard panoramic roof gave an airy feel to the interior. With passengers sitting up a ways from the pavement, views out the vehicle were good.

The 2017 XC60 T6 AWD is still a very good smaller SUV with room for five to travel comfortably. This Volvo can really move with the powerful engine it has, and its top safety scores make it a solid choice. With an update coming soon this might be the right time to get a deal on this safe luxury SUV and enjoy the leather and wood-lined experience of driving a Volvo.

Check out the photos below to see more of the Volvo XC60 T6 and our beach and mountain trips.

Laguna Beach and Newport Beach

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