We’re nearing the end of our time in the Volvo XC60, and it’s been smooth sailing all year. Currently at around 24,000 miles, the compact crossover has visited the dealership twice for regular maintenance. I’m impressed by the airy, eco-chic feel of my local Volvo dealership, but I’m even happier about the fact that the first three services are free of charge. This means free maintenance at the 10,000-, 20,000-, and 30,000-mile recommended intervals.
First things first: fuel economy. In our Real MPG tests, our Volvo managed 20.3/32.5/24.4 mpg city/highway/combined. This is considerably better than the EPA’s rating of 20/27/23 mpg. And it also outperformed the Real MPG estimates for our long-term Acura RDX (19.4/30.9/23.3 mpg). Not bad for a compact SUV. Of course, if you’re really looking to maximize fuel economy, these 10 small SUVs will do the job. One is the plug-in hybrid version of the XC60.
To be a good commuter car, a vehicle must have features that make the driver’s life easier. The XC60’s head-up display and 12.3-inch multi-configurable instrument cluster help achieve this goal. You can control many functions via buttons on the steering wheel, making the finicky infotainment system just a little more palatable for the driver. One thing works against the XC60’s effectiveness as a commuter car. When switching lanes at low speeds in traffic, there’s a slight delay in acceleration when you need it.
There are arguments to make for the XC60 as a road trip vehicle. It has a spacious back seat, although a high floor hump makes it a bit tricky for the middle seat occupant to rest his or her legs. The XC60’s cargo area will fit luggage for the whole family, and as we noted in a previous update, we generally like the cruise control system.
Up next: our final verdict on the XC60.
Read more about our 2019 Volvo XC60 T5 AWD long-termer:
- Update 1: Exploring the Infotainment System
- Update 2: Comfortably Serene
- Update 3: Cruising
- Update 4: Interior Touches
- 7 Unusual Features on the 2019 Volvo XC60
- Update 5:How Our Volvo XC60 Shines After an Acura RDX Weekend
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