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It’s been about two weeks since I got behind the wheel of our 2019 Volvo XC60 and so far, I’ve been incredibly impressed at how stylish and luxurious the crossover is. Given the amenities equipped on our XC60, it feels more like a vehicle from a high-end luxury brand such as Audi or Mercedes. I won’t lie — driving it makes me feel quite fancy, and I’m very OK with that.
Volvo has long been a brand synonymous with safety innovations, though not necessarily prestige in the minds of some. It’s the type of vehicle that screams pragmatism, rather than audacity. For instance, you don’t often hear of rappers penning odes to riding down the street in a Volvo, or pulling up to the club in their 850 station wagon. Let’s clear this up right now — that’s the old Volvo. The new Volvo is something completely different. While maintaining their renown for safety technology, the Swedish manufacturer has continually improved design and driving experience generation after generation, resulting in the current fleet of Volvo vehicles, of which the XC60 is the middle child crossover. These new Volvos are gorgeous, well appointed and technologically advanced with all the bells and whistles you would expect from a top shelf European luxury automaker.
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I’m sure some of you are still thinking, "Yeah, right. Volvo family-mobile. Snooze-fest. I’ll pass." Well, the proof is in the pudding I say, and just one glance at the crossover proves my point. The front fascia of the XC60 is attractive and compelling. It grabs your attention and conveys an air of confidence and status, while not being too ostentatious. The headlight design is well thought out and eye-catching, providing plenty of illumination, as well as aesthetic enhancement. Even the front grille is aggressive and proud, exclaiming Volvo in a manner that could make dentists and rappers alike step out of the XC60 with a confident swagger.
The warm and fuzzies generated by the XC60 are not limited exclusively to the exterior, however. Inside the cabin, you will find plenty of additional reasons to compare the stylish Swede to its German competitors. The interior oozes sophistication while remaining more traditional than its little brother, the XC40 (with its funky available orange-accented interior). I’ve become a genuine fan of the dark brown leather interior and large infotainment screen, which definitely feel way more exclusive than the brand name would dictate. The heated steering wheel has been great on cold days, as have been the heated seats. The most extravagant feature by far though is the massage functionality on the front seats, and has made me somewhat of a hero to my girlfriend, who has become thoroughly infatuated with the option. To be honest, I’m smitten as well, and my morning commutes have never been quite so relaxing.
With another few weeks behind the wheel, I look forward to all the 2019 Volvo XC60 has to offer. It’s hard to imagine I’ll be terribly disappointed, especially with such a stellar start.