The R-Design's interior is downright beautiful. The cabin combines black and ivory, with black leather seats flanking ivory leather centers, and the doors were ivory with black inserts. The cabin is a terrific example of typical clean Swedish beauty, but it does have some of the traditional confusing buttons on the center stack. When getting into any Volvo, it takes a little time to learn which buttons to push to achieve what you want-displaying different info for the stereo system, etc.-but it probably wouldn't take long for an XC60 owner to figure it all out. The 60 has a notable advantage over its XC kin in the cabin as well: Its navigation system is much easier to use than the one in the XC70 and XC90. It helps that this is a newer model, so it wasn't saddled with the controls hidden on the back of the right side of the steering wheel in the 70 and 90. (You have to know they're there, and even if you do, they're pretty hard to use.) They're integrated into the center stack and are much less likely to provoke any profanity.

This model may have sacrificed a little-just a little-of its all-season capability in the name of on-road performance, but it is a compromise that's worth it. And it'll get even better, too. We hear that when the S60 gets an R-Design model, its turbo six will have 325 horsepower, and the XC60 is expected to benefit as well. -Allyson Harwood


2011 Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design
Base price $43,025
Price as tested $45,000 (est)
Vehicle layout Front engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door SUV
Engine 3.0L/300-hp/325-lb-ft DOHC 24-valve turbo I-6
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Curb weight 4264 lb (mfr)
Wheelbase 109.2 in
Length x width x height 182.2 x 74.4 x 67.4 in
0-60 mph 6.7 sec (MT est)
EPA city/hwy fuel econ 17/22 mpg
On sale in U.S. Currently