2018 Volvo XC60 first drive review: a tidy, polished package Page 2

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The cabin isn't the only place full of technology, as the XC60's safety tech sheet reads like a laundry list. Everything you could want is either standard or available, from forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitors to a head-up display and Volvo's semi-autonomous Pilot Assist system that works in conjunction with the adaptive cruise control.

2018 Volvo XC60

2018 Volvo XC60

Volvo's back

Priced from $42,495, the XC60 is a hot Swedish meatball being thrown right into the heart of the compact crossover SUV market. My loaded Inscription tester had a window sticker of $63,290, which can easily get you into a nicely equipped mid-size XC90 or the German competition, but this just might be better if you don't need the extra space.

Volvo proved with the XC90 that it's back and ready to take on the stewards in this class. With the XC60 Volvo has shown that it wasn't a one-time deal. The XC90 is impressive, but the XC60 is a tidier, better balanced, and more polished package.

The Germans should be nervous, because if a buyer doesn't feel the need for a sporty crossover, the XC60 might have just become best vehicle in the compact luxury crossover segment.

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