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FDP Forum / Moe's Tavern (_8^(I) / Volvo X60 Crossover: my unprofessional assessment

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Dec 6th, 2017 07:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

While we were in Tayhass last week I rented from Enterprise. They gave me a Volvo XC60; it's considered a 'crossover' vehicle.

According to US News and World Report, a crossover SUV is "generally a tall, four-door hatchback, which may have all-wheel drive along with extra ground clearance resembling an SUV. They're called crossovers because they offer most of the utility of an SUV, but have a car-like ride and better gas mileage than traditional SUVs."

First thing I noticed was the engine's auto stop/start when stopping at red lights. I've never owned a car that does this, but I've rented in the past and some have had this. It's disconcerting to an old-school goober like me.

The engine ran great and had adequate power in town and on the highway, and the automatic transmission was smooth on shifts.

The ride was a bit stiff due to the small size and short wheelbase, but it tracked nice and straight when at highway speeds. There was no slop in the steering.

It was nice and easy to drive in town, with a tight turning radius and easy to maneuver in tight parking lots.

Visibility was good, but the smallish side mirrors contributed to large blind spots over the shoulders. The car had BLIS (blind spot information system) that senses when a vehicle in the next lane is approaching or in the area you can't see in the side mirrors. It's radar-based, and activates an orange lamp at the front of each side window near the side-view mirrors. It works really well, but it also blinks when driving next to a continuous barrier or guard rail.

The rear-view camera/view screen was a nice option when backing.

Road noise (tires/airflow) was not too bad. However...

The one thing that bugged me was rattles and squeaks from the center dash area and the doors along the window sill on both the driver and passenger sides.

The joints and contact areas between the plastic panels need some additional treatment to quiet them down. I could poke a finger on a plastic panel and the noise would vanish. But remove the finger and the rattles returned. Pretty cheesy, Volvo!

This was a dee-luxe model with leather seats, a sun roof, plenty of other options, and only 1,200 miles on it when I drove it away. And it sounded like a box of matches going down the road.

The best thing about the vehicle was the seats. Very comfortable heated leather buckets with nice firm foam and side bolsters, and several controls to customize it to the person in it. The head rest position is very logical too; farther forward than most other integrated headrests in other vehicles. It just might be the most comfy car seat I've been in.

Fix the rattles and squeaks and it would be a real winner for me.

In front of the famous snow-capped peaks of Austin, Texas

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Dec 6th, 2017 07:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Volvo cars ain’t what they used to be.

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Dec 6th, 2017 07:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Snow-capped peaks of Austin, Texas"... LOL

Volvo's do have some of the best seats in the auto world...

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Dec 6th, 2017 07:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I knew a gal in high school that had a Volvo 1800ES two-door station wagon. It was pretty cool; looked like a space ship.

This car. In this color! Oh, the memories :o)

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 09:35 PM, Dec 6th, 2017)

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Dec 6th, 2017 07:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Was there room in that for “memories?” ;-)

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Dec 6th, 2017 07:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

For that AND a cooler for beverages.

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Dec 6th, 2017 08:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

New Volvos are nothing like "real" Volvos

I have owned 11 Volvos

Reason why I do not own Volvos now..

A joke not unlike Subaru or Chrysler/Jeep products.

PS I worked for a Volvo dealer
"back in the day".

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Dec 6th, 2017 09:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I always liked the idea of Volvos going back to the 60's but never owned one. My granddad had a 264 in a bizarre Volvo green with tan leather on the inside. That was a great car.

Anyway, as long as I can drive a Land Cruiser or Lexus LX, I'm good in that department. No crossover vehicle here, just an overbuilt beast with fulltime 4x4.

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Dec 6th, 2017 09:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yea, picked up a 2012 F150. Love the engine, not too fond of the truck. Feels cheap, doors sound like they are open when driving, doors feel like they move up and down when hitting bumps. Everything is computerized, even the starter.

Looked at MANY, the Ford was the best out of Dodge, Chev, GMC,and Toyota.

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