Although the XC60 boasts an elegant interior and has the latest in advanced safety features, it suffers from a stiff ride and frustrating controls.

The 250-hp, turbo four-cylinder engine accelerates nicely from a standing start, but the Volvo isn’t the swiftest in the luxury compact SUV class. The eight-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly in most cases, but at lower speeds some gear shifts can be harsh.

We measured 23 mpg overall (on premium gas), which isn’t a standout.

Volvos typically have a stiff ride over bumps and potholes, and the XC60 is no different. The quiet cabin also tends to be disrupted by an unpolished engine growl. Both traits are a disconnect from what you might expect from a luxury SUV.

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Handling is responsive and secure, but the XC60’s lackluster character won’t inspire drivers to take the long way home.

The interior, with high-quality leather, matte wood, and brushed aluminum, feels luxurious. The front and rear seats are comfortable and supportive, even for long trips.

The inviting and high-tech infotainment system resembles a tablet computer, and it serves as the command center for climate, audio, and phone controls. But its menu structure and multiple taps, swipes, and scrolls make using the system a frustrating and distracting experience. Volvo makes forward-collision warning standard, but blind-spot warning is optional.

Read the complete Volvo XC60 road test.

2018 Volvo XC60 Review

HIGHS: Seat comfort, fit and finish, braking, standard advanced safety features
LOWS: Stiff ride, maddening controls
POWERTRAIN: 250-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine; 8-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive
FUEL: 23 mpg on premium gas
PRICE AS TESTED: $50,040

Editor’s Note: This article also appeared in the December 2017 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.