A new Road Sign Information feature joins the Technology Package. Rain-sensing wipers and headlight washers are standard across the board, keyless entry is added for the top 3.2 trim and both T6s, and 19-inch alloy wheels are available on the 3.2 and T6. Both T6s get a transmission sport mode.
The 2012 Volvo XC60 has multiplied its trim forms for a total of 10, but they are based off three major ones: the base 3.2, the turbocharged T6 and the top-end-turbo R-Design. All-wheel-drive is standard for models with the turbo engine and optional on the 3.2. This year the R-Design gets a hefty power boost, rising to 325-horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque for class-leading status. New trim forms for the XC60 are designated Premier, Premier Plus and, at the top, Platinum. The R-Design XC60 with the 3.2-liter engine has been discontinued for 2012. T6 models are available with the Dynamic Package, which includes Volvo's FOUR-C Active Chassis control, speed-sensitive power steering and xenon headlights.
New for 2011 is the XC60 3.2 R-Design, which includes a leather interior, panoramic glass moonroof, HID headlamps with Active Light Bending technology and 20-inch alloy wheels. The base 3.2-liter V6 gets a five-horsepower bump, while the turbocharged models see an increase of 18 additional ponies, bumping output to 300 horsepower.
In a tight field of competitors, Volvo's XC60 for 2014 must deliver luxury like the Lexus RX, power like the agile BMW X3 and Audi Q5 and pricing like the Acura RDX. The XC60 achieves most of these goals, and then tosses in a big dose of styling, safety and individualism. After all, how special can you feel driving a luxury model parked in half the driveways in your neighborhood? The XC60's trump card, however, is its perfect 5-star crash-test ratings, an achievement no other SUV in this class can match. For anyone who has children, the XC60's safety record trumps any gains its competitors may have in the areas of power, styling or features.