The XC60 is quick, pleasant and benefited from Volvo's latest safety advances of the time. While handling is sound and secure, the mid-sized SUV is not exactly sporty to drive. Further, fuel economy is mediocre and some controls are not intuitive. While interior fit and finish are impressive, rear-seat room is only sufficient.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Excellent driving characteristics in the R Design with outstanding acceleration and handling/cornering."

Vivek A., IN (2013 Volvo XC60)

"I like the firm ride, bliss system, backup features. My model is a little slow on acceleration. -"

Anonymous, HI (2013 Volvo XC60)

"Could use a little more power in my opinion but it drives smooth and quiet"

C H., AZ (2013 Volvo XC60)

"3L I-6 twin turbo, 325 hp. Accelerates fabulously, but power delivery is uneven, probably due to the turbos. It "surges" and therefore has uneven, non-linear acceleration. I've never had a turbo, so I don't know if this is normal (oh, this is the R Design model,"

RICHARD C., FL (2013 Volvo XC60)

"Good acceleration - great in snow"

DOROTHY N., NJ (2013 Volvo XC60)

"Brake and Gas pedals are too close together. Much too easy to hit the wrong one as my Wife did in our driveway. Acceleration and other handling pretty good."

Anonymous, MD (2013 Volvo XC60)

"Quality, safe, firm"

Marvin L., FL (2013 Volvo XC60)

"Quick acceleration, great in snow. easy handling."

Arnold K., NY (2013 Volvo XC60)

"With snow tires installed - its great in snow. Great acceleration with T-6"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Volvo XC60)

"Has the added feature of the Polestar that improves performance."

Anonymous, CO (2013 Volvo XC60)

"The acceleration is terrific and it's a lot of fun to drive, particularly in the manual mode."

Thomas C., WA (2013 Volvo XC60)

"It is so easy to manage in traffic, drives good on highway."

Anonymous, AR (2013 Volvo XC60)

"The steering feel and feedback is, frankly, awful. It's numb and sudden."

Michael G., AB (2013 Volvo XC60)

"T6 performance is ver strong"

Tim J., BC (2013 Volvo XC60)

"Very good acceleration when at higher speeds. Handles well when hard braking and controlling/steering vehicle. Always feel I'm in complete control no matter the weather."

B B., TX (2013 Volvo XC60)

"The XC60 has a 300HP Turbo - so it accelerates well. The car handles well and is fun to drive. It's fairly tight through turns and is very responsive. The car has BIG blind spots on both spots - so bad that they had to install a blind spot detector. Much more severe than any car I've ever owned."

Howard R., MD (2013 Volvo XC60)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"My wife likes the seats as they allow her to feel very comfortable."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Volvo XC60)

"The seats are very comfortable, especially on long drives. The climate control is easy to use and works well. Blue tooth is not perfect but works mostly well."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Volvo XC60)

"Seat adjustability Design of dashboard and information system Moonroof size Colors of interior ( beige, dark brown )- I am so tired of grey and black"

Anonymous, HI (2013 Volvo XC60)

"For a company that prides itself on ergonomic design the seats are not very comfortable. Lumbar adjustment is half-century old placebo."

MARCIA L., WV (2013 Volvo XC60)

"Recently there is more road noise as I'm driving and I'm not sure why."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Volvo XC60)

"Smooth, handling, quiet."

ROBERT M., OH (2013 Volvo XC60)

"Very comfortable seats. Great visibility. Powerful ac cools whole car."

JOHN R., VA (2013 Volvo XC60)

"The Volvo seats are well contoured, provide high quality padding and include many seat adjustment options (including the passenger seat too). This makes a big difference in longer rides."

Robert D., FL (2013 Volvo XC60)


Marvin L., FL (2013 Volvo XC60)

"ride not what you would expect"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Volvo XC60)

"The lack of road noise. Seat adjust easily and are very comfortable especially for long drives and freeway traffic."

B B., TX (2013 Volvo XC60)

"Seats are extremely comfortable"

Tim J., BC (2013 Volvo XC60)

"The spring coils in the driver’s seat are pushing up on the drivers’ buttocks making a long drive uncomfortable ."

Anonymous, MA (2013 Volvo XC60)

"very comfortable, quient"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Volvo XC60)

"Outstanding seat comfort. Ride noise extremely well controlled, outstanding suspension system absorbs road shocks extremely well."

Michael B., CA (2013 Volvo XC60)

"Best in the business!"

Lester B., IL (2013 Volvo XC60)

"extraordinary comfortable seats"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Volvo XC60)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Very good value. Great acceleration and handling. Durable. Good service from Volvo"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Volvo XC60)

"It is a good car, but a little quirky, the electronic controls are too complicated and not intuitive. They try to do to much with what they have"

JAMES G., CO (2013 Volvo XC60)

"We had heard from every Volvo owner that they loved their Volvo and would never buy anything but a Volvo. That customer loyalty coupled with CR reviews of the brand led us to purchase our First Volvo...NEVER AGAIN! We've had nothing but trouble from this car: radio and nav system failures, back-up camera and safety notification system failures; locked/frozen screens/displays; and rattles that no mechanic can seem to find or replicate but still charge to investigate. We will NEVER buy another Volvo again."

Anonymous, OH (2013 Volvo XC60)

"Car is extremely smooth and quiet in operation - whisper quiet. Takes rough roads well. Can be driven for hours. Gets 30 mpg highway. 3.2 liter engine powerful and high-torque. All in all, I want to drive this car for 20 more years!"

Michael B., CA (2013 Volvo XC60)

"Volvo intentionally makes this car expensive and aggravating to own. It drives beautifully and is very stylish - but all repairs are torture. Replacing the cabin air filter requires that you remove the electronics panel. Changing the oil is complex and expensive. Must use 93 gasoline. No one carries parts except Volvo. Dealer treats you poorly. You name it - it's painful and expensive."

Howard R., MD (2013 Volvo XC60)

"able to get one driven by manager and at end of model year for significant discount, but with all new car warranty, etc."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Volvo XC60)

"This car delivers great performance. Comfortable, great in snow. Great attention to detail. very safe."

Arnold K., NY (2013 Volvo XC60)

"Great looks, comfortable and driving experience. The cost versus what you get is an excellent deal."

Tony G., QC (2013 Volvo XC60)

"Safety features provided only by Volvo"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Volvo XC60)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"The car is one of the best looking mid sized SUV's on the market. The interior is nice - not the nicest on the market, but still excellent."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Volvo XC60)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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