Thursday, July 31, 2008

Review: 2009 Volvo XC60


Owning an SUV has never been more expensive. At least that's what Suburban, Excursion, and Ice Cream Truck owners are saying. With gas prices at an all time high, Volvo has decided to offer a compact SUV. Their new model, the 2009 Volvo XC60, attempts to meet the current need by reducing the new car's overall dimensions.

XC60

XC90

DIFF

HEIGHT

67.4 in

70.2 in

- 2.8 in

LENGTH

182.2 in

189.3

- 7.1 in

WIDTH

84.3 in

74.7 in

+ 9.6 in

WEIGHT

4387 lbs1

4356 lbs

+ 31 lbs

4826 lbs

- 439 lbs


As you can tell in the table above, the XC60 is 7.1 inches shorter in length than the XC90 (189.3 in) and 2.8 inches shorter in height. But for some odd reason, the vehicle is 9.6 inches wider. It's almost as if they squished the XC90 but allowed the sides to blimp out. Volvo is keeping the official numbers close to the vest at the moment. But, if the numbers given by Consumer Guide Auto are to be believed, the SC60 really only looks smaller. The unofficial weight of the XC60 is within 31 pounds of a base model XC90 but quite a bit less than the V8 powered XC90. With that in mind, the fuel economy will probably be similar to the XC90 3.2, coming in at 14 mpg city and 20 mpg highway.

The truth is that Volvo has not made all the specifications public at this time. We probably won't know all the particulars about the XC60 until closer to the slated February-March 2009 launch. Until then, enjoy this fair video review of the XC60 done by Cars.com.



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  1. Volvo XC90 Specifications at Consumer Guide Auto

  2. The New Volvo XC60 brochure


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