Last week I wrote a post about how I was going to drive the fastest car in the world for the weekend on my visit to Colorado Springs to see the fiancés grandparents - a rental Toyota Corolla.
Volvo wanted me to drive the Volvo V60 XC sooo bad they sold the cars to Hertz and made me fly to Colorado where there are more dispenseries then there are oxygen particles to breathe.
Imagine my surprise when we get to Denver and get a call from Hertz that the the pretty silver Volvo I was looking at was actually mine! Hertz Platinum FTW.
We get on the freeway and I’ve already decided I am doing a review. So here we go. If I miss anything ask me in the comments.
Exterior: Wagon!!! That was the first thing I noticed and it made me happy and made me want a wagon. From some angles it looks awkward and from others, absolutely gorgeous. The silver was nice but after seeing pictures of other colors I prefer the blue. Rear- I have a soft spot for Volvo wagon and SUV taillights.
Front - Not bad. I don’t know what the awkward solid part of the grill is but the rest looks very Mazda-esque which is not a bad thing. Side - Some angles make the overhangs look short but in general it looks nice and sporty.
Interior: Overall Impression - Looked like a nice place to be, was quite happy to be there. Seats - The leather is very grippy and quite supportive. I never felt uncomfortable during the hour to hour and a half drives it took to get everywhere. Controls - I dont know how many times it happened because I lost count but I had a problem with changing the air speed instead of the radio volume. The air speed knob was the only thing that felt cheap to grab. Infotainment System - Not bad overall. Fiancé pointed out how she didnt like how the FM radio worked, and I agree. Was not easy to scan and was just awkward. The ability to open up spotify on my phone automaticaly generally made up for it though as we didn’t use the FM radio much. Space - It’s a sports wagon. Luggage was no problem obviously and the back seat was a bit small for the cousins since they were easily over 6'. Driving Position: There is a pretty nasty blind spot but the backup camera and sensors make it workable.
I didn’t take any pictures but can upload some off the interwebs later.
Drivetrain and Performance: Engine - The engine felt strong at times and weak at others. A bigger turbo would have been much appreciated on the 5 cylinder, especially at nearly 7500' altitude. We did not have time to do Pikes Peak but I know this thought would only be exasperated. Transmission - The transmission was okay around town but when a faster takeoff was necessary, the Sport Mode/Manumatic made a yuuuuuge difference. With most roads having a 55 MPH or more speed limit a quick takeoff was necessary more then most places. Traction - Shocking. The AWD system works great. I of course drive a LS400 with worn out tires but all three of us in the car(RX350 and Tacoma drivers) were impressed when we took off just as fast in the pouring rain as we did when the same road was bone dry. Ride Quality - Its no LS400 but it was plenty smooth. The only time I even mentioned anything was a sort of washboard concrete section of road where I felt every peak. It felt nice in the corners and I never felt like it wasn’t sticking to the road. MPG - I averaged about 19.5, just under the city rating of 20 MPG and much under the highway if 28 MPG. We did some city driving but I was fairly disappointed even with the spirited driving I was doing, it was still mostly highway miles.
Overall Thoughts: This car enlarged my secret love for Volvos. I want a wagon and while the V60 Cross Country is great, the hopefully-here-soon V70 Cross Country or whatever they will call it would easily fill the void. The space is sufficient in the V60 but not enough for my daily needs but 10/10 I would rent again.