By James Bergeron

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2010 Volvo XC60

Day 1:

2010 Volvo XC60
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Something a little different for me this week, as I am driving the latest mid-sized luxury SUV, the new 2010 Volvo XC60. At first glance, to me, it is just another SUV in a crowded marketplace, but after just a few hours with the XC60 it is already obvious Volvo has done quite a bit to make this one stand out from the crowd. The question is: will shoppers get past the entry price?

Starting at $45,495, the XC60 is priced smack-dab where it should be as a base model car, but things do get a little silly when you option it out, like my tester is. The base specifications are impressive, especially the 3.0-litre, turbocharged, six-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission. This combo produces 281hp and 295ft-lbs of torque from 1,500 rpm.

2010 Volvo XC60
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The 2010 Volvo XC60 is also the first vehicle to be offered with standard “City Safety,” a system that Volvo pioneered and is rolling out as a mainstream feature, starting with the XC60. In short, City Safety monitors vehicles ahead of you at low city speeds and applies the brakes if required for emergency stops; I’ll explain a little more later.

My tester is fully loaded, so forget the $45,000 starting price. Extras on my tester include: the $3,050 Luxury Package, which includes Volvo’s Four-C active chassis, adaptive headlights, park assist (front and rear) and rain sensing wipers. But of course it doesn’t end there. The Tech package, for $4,100, adds: a 12-speaker premium sound system, Blind Spot Indication System (BLIS), collision avoidance system, retractable mirrors, and personal car communication with keyless entry.

I should almost list what the car doesn’t have as it would be shorter, but to continue, the Convenience Package, for another $2,100, adds: power tailgate, auto leveling system, speed sensitive steering, grocery bag holder, sunglasses holder, an air quality system and homelink. A few extra tick boxes finish it off, adding 18-inch wheels ($500), wood inlays ($950), laminated panoramic roof ($1,800), Volvo navigation system ($2,500) and a rear parking camera ($1,100).

2010 Volvo XC60
MSRP as tested (including destination): $63,310

For more information on Volvo and the XC60 visit Volvo Canada

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