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Well, not bad at all.
It's the best new Volvo since my V70R and without the vices.
No rear wheel hop. etc
I really liked it, it sits more like a car (I hate sitting tall), it handled very well and was fairly quick.
...and very well screwed together.
I liked the oversized sunroof, the general size and in fact there was nothing I didn't like about it!
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Re: Finally got to drive one (JRL)

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Well, not bad at all.
It's the best new Volvo since my V70R and without the vices.
No rear wheel hop. etc
I really liked it, it sits more like a car (I hate sitting tall), it handled very well and was fairly quick.
...and very well screwed together.
I liked the oversized sunroof, the general size and in fact there was nothing I didn't like about it!
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How were the seats, Jim? I know that you and I generally share the same views on those, and to me, the Y20 platform seats I have sampled have been lacking (S80 3.2, XC70 3.2).

Man, is this going to be the replacement for my R? I started thinking this back when I first saw one in NY.

Kinda on the spendy side, and I'd really prefer the wagon instead of the SUV.

How's the Pod look, Jim?

I would imagine the nav screen would look stupid blacked out, too, although it's a perfect place to mount a Tom Tom or something Similar. If Volvo were smart, they'd make a mount that could be used to hard wire their Garmin there.

Bet it would ride nicely with a 315 HP IPD tune on it!!!
 

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I drove one today at the dealership while I was waiting for them to pull my R out of the service bay.. I was also pretty impressed with it! I liked the seats a lot and the interior wasn't too shabby.. I digged the two tone seats. The auto brake feature was pretty impressive, albeit it's for very slow speeds but man does it brake hard!

I don't know if I'd seriously consider buying it, but I think it's a nice ride and if they market it right, it could do well here.
 

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I sat in one at the Toronto Auto Show in February and actually quite liked it. The seats were much better than the S80/V70, the pod didn't look obnoxious at all (although I prefer having the nav screen up higher, instead of having to look away from the road to see it, and I told the corporate reps that), and the car was surprisingly attractive both inside and outside in its design. I pretty much universally dislike SUVs, so I was surprised that I couldn't really dislike this one. The reps there wanted to call it a "crossover", but my attitude is that an SUV by any other name is still an SUV.

If they can make the next S60 a decent sedan version of this same platform, I think it'll do well and I'd buy it. I would also be interested in a V60 wagon based on this same platform - I would suggest such a new V60 might replace the current rather bulky and heavy V70 in many markets.
 

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I drove one yesterday afternoon just to see what it was like (hadn't seen it in person before) and I was fairly impressed.

I could care less about city safety, so I really didn't think about trying it..lol

I thought the seats were top notch.. A few people had told me that the seats were darn near as good as the S60s, and they weren't lying. I really wasn't an exciting drive, but it sure was comfy!
 

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Re: Finally got to drive one (Needsdecaf)

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How's the Pod look, Jim?

I would imagine the nav screen would look stupid blacked out, too, although it's a perfect place to mount a Tom Tom or something Similar. If Volvo were smart, they'd make a mount that could be used to hard wire their Garmin there.


There's a brushed aluminum bar spanning the area where the screen would be to break up the black color.

New addition, not seen in the early photos on this site.
 

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Re: Finally got to drive one (1999_V70)

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There's a brushed aluminum bar spanning the area where the screen would be to break up the black color.

New addition, not seen in the early photos on this site.


Yeah, saw that in person yesterday.

It's not just a bar, it's actually about a 1" lip which turns the "dead zone" into a useful storage area for your blackberry, gum, etc.

Makes that area look 100x better and actually useful! (it's still kinda weird).

BTW, the pod does NOT look bad at all. You don't even notice it after 5 minutes.
 

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Re: Finally got to drive one (Needsdecaf)

I never thought the "pod" looked bad to begin with. Put the info where it's easy to see.

Still would like to drive one of these. Obviously way out of my price range though so I may not be taken seriously if I ask for a test drive, which is always awkward.

This little ute is a great value though, really do get a lot for you money here. Even my tightwad parents think so.

FINALLY, a competitive car from Volvo.
 

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Re: Finally got to drive one (1999_V70)

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I never thought the "pod" looked bad to begin with. Put the info where it's easy to see.

You were in the minority on that one.

Including me.

It is a pretty good ute. WAY more under control than the XC70. Very tied down, nice blend of comfort and control.
 

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Re: Finally got to drive one (Needsdecaf)

I guess it's because it wasn't really new to me. Saab had been doing the "pod" in their 9-3 since 2003, and it worked out well.





What does the XC60's display? Climate and infotainment?
 

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Re: Finally got to drive one (1999_V70)

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What does the XC60's display? Climate and infotainment?

That, and all the menus you can run through for car settings.

There is no other display for climate / infoatinment / car interface / bluetooth. The nav, if you get it, doesn't pick up on any of that (a mistake, IMO).
 

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Re: Finally got to drive one (Needsdecaf)

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That, and all the menus you can run through for car settings.

There is no other display for climate / infoatinment / car interface / bluetooth. The nav, if you get it, doesn't pick up on any of that (a mistake, IMO).

Sounds like a mistake, a limited budget, rushing to market, and integration problems to me.

Oh well, the average person won't mind and this car is going to be a hit IMO.

So the nav display is as it was in previous Volvos, strictly navigation-only? My, that is a mistake. Especially since the XC60 no longer employs the pop-up screen.
 

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Re: Finally got to drive one (1999_V70)

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Sounds like a mistake, a limited budget, rushing to market, and integration problems to me.

Oh well, the average person won't mind and this car is going to be a hit IMO.

So the nav display is as it was in previous Volvos, strictly navigation-only? My, that is a mistake. Especially since the XC60 no longer employs the pop-up screen.

As far as I know, yes. I honestly haven't probed it in great detail yet. Nor do I have access to an owners manual which has Nav screen info in it.

In all honesty, aside from having possibly iPod info on the screen, the rest of it is kind of supurfulous.

My MDX has the info on the nav screen and the small infotainment screen, and I use the small screen mostly.
 

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Re: Finally got to drive one (1999_V70)

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So the nav display is as it was in previous Volvos, strictly navigation-only? My, that is a mistake. Especially since the XC60 no longer employs the pop-up screen.

The display is also used for the back-up camera when fitted -I saw it in the XC60 tour event.

I'm planning to see how easy it is to get to the video input so I could feed other signals in there - but since I'm leaning toward a lease rather than a buy (have to decide when it actually arrives and it's time to pay up), I can't perform any irreversible modifications - that takes a some of the fun out of the lease idea.
 
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