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2014 Volvo XC60 Review

The 2014 Volvo XC60 has a luxurious interior, a long list of available safety features, and more cargo space than most rivals. However, its base engine feels underpowered. 

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable, luxurious cabin
  • Ample cargo space


  • Hard-to-use audio controls and navigation system
  • Meager base engine power 


New for 2014

  • Available pedestrian and cyclist detection added
  • Available blind spot information system added




Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 9.8
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2014 Volvo XC60 Overview

Is the 2014 Volvo XC60 a Good Used SUV?

The 2014 Volvo XC60 has lots of storage space and high-tech safety options. This luxury compact SUV also has a composed ride, but its base engine doesn’t have the power of competitors’. While the XC60 has strong safety and reliability ratings, you'll find similar scores with most rivals.  

The XC60’s base engine is a 240-horsepower 3.2-liter six-cylinder. The acceleration is underwhelming, especially on the highway. An available 3.0-liter six-cylinder generates up to 300 or 325 horsepower in the T6 and T6 R-Design models, respectively. The standard six-speed automatic transmission is generally smooth, but it can struggle to find the right gear when climbing hills. According to the EPA, the XC60 gets up to 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, which is average for a luxury compact SUV. The Volvo XC60 has a poised and comfortable ride, though it is somewhat firm. Its tight turning radius makes it easy to maneuver in confined spaces.

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The Volvo XC60's cabin is upscale, offering top-notch construction and first-rate materials. It also boasts some of the most comfortable and spacious front and back seats in the class. The 2014 XC60 comes with a 7-inch touch-screen Sensus infotainment system and Bluetooth, which are common standard features in the class. However, its audio controls and available navigation system are difficult to use, due to the small buttons and screen. The XC60 has an abundance of available safety features not found in many rivals, including integrated child booster seats and pedestrian and cyclist detection. Its overall cargo capacity is an impressive 67.4 cubic feet.

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Used 2014 Volvo XC60 Prices

Used 2014 Volvo XC60s range from about $24,300 for a base model to $34,800 for the top-line R-Design trim. The price you pay depends on many factors, including the vehicle's location, mileage, and condition.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Volvo XC60?

The Volvo XC60 has a reliability score of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. The Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class is the only compact luxury SUV with a better score.  

How Safe Is the XC60?

The 2014 XC60 lives up to the safety reputation Volvo is known for, earning great crash test scores. However, most competing SUVs also have good crash test ratings. The 2014 Volvo XC60 has perfect scores of Good in all five Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash tests. The 2014 XC60 is also a Top Safety Pick+. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2014 XC60 five stars – a perfect score – in the overall, frontal, and side crash tests, and four stars in the rollover test.

The Volvo XC60 comes with low-speed forward collision braking. Among the many available safety features are a rearview camera, lane departure warning, front and rear park assist, cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, driver alert control, active high beams, a road sign information display, and blind spot monitoring.

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Should I Consider Another Used XC60?

The 2014 Volvo XC60 is part of the SUV’s first generation, which began in 2010 and includes the 2017 model year. You can save money by purchasing a 2013 model, which is quite similar to the 2014 XC60. However, if you're interested in safety features, know that the 2014 XC60 is the first model year in which Volvo offered blind spot monitoring and pedestrian and cyclist detection.

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Which Used Volvo XC60 Is Right for Me?

The base model Volvo XC60 (3.2) comes standard with a four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive. Available six-cylinder models (T6 and T6 R-Design) have all-wheel drive. Features vary widely, depending on trim and engine configuration. The base model comes with dual-zone automatic climate control and a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system.

You may want to consider a certified pre-owned XC60. Although they tend to cost more than non-certified used cars, the extra money may be worth it. Volvo provides all certified pre-owned vehicles with a comprehensive warranty good for seven years or 100,000 miles from the new-car purchase date. Each CPO Volvo must pass a 130-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Volvo warranty page carefully.

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We Did the Research for You: 60 Pieces of Data Analyzed

We compiled 60 pieces of data on the used 2014 Volvo XC60, including crash test results, reliability scores, and total ownership costs. We analyzed that information to provide a detailed assessment of the XC60's position among used luxury compact SUVs.

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2014 Volvo XC60 and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Volvo XC60 or 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class?

The Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class is the only luxury compact SUV that earns a higher reliability score than the XC60: a perfect five out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. The GLK-Class has an underpowered base engine like the XC60, but it earns some of the highest fuel economy estimates in the class. The GLK-Class is also more fun to drive, thanks to its nimble handling, sharp steering, and strong brakes. However, if space is your top priority, note that the XC60 has more seating and cargo room.

Which Is Better: 2014 Volvo XC60 or 2014 BMW X3?

If you're looking for an SUV with engaging driving dynamics, the BMW X3 tops the XC60. The X3 is one of the most athletic SUVs in the class. Its turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers quick acceleration, it earns better fuel economy estimates than the XC60, and it comes standard with all-wheel drive. The XC60, however, offers a few more cubic feet of trunk space.

Which Is Better: 2014 Volvo XC60 or 2014 Infiniti QX50?

The Infiniti QX50 is the better SUV if you want strong performance. It has a powerful V6 engine that produces swift acceleration. It also has sharp, sedanlike handling and good steering wheel feedback. However, the QX50's ride quality is harsher than the XC60's, so it may not be as comfortable for daily driving. The XC60 offers more interior room and cargo space than the QX50.

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