3 Luxe Utility Vehicles Worth Every Penny

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VOLVO XC60

The Nordic conquest of the luxury market enters its next phase with the launch of the XC60 — essentially a smaller version of the cooler-than-a-leap-into-a-fjord XC90. The XC60’s similarly minimalist cabin could have been designed by anticlutter guru Marie Kondo, accented with pale wood and seats that prove more comfortable than their slender, space-saving profi les would hint. We dug the fl at, near immediate onset of torque from the T6 model’s two-liter, super- and turbocharged four. There’s also a cheaper turbo four and a late-arriving plug-in hybrid, which will hit a Porsche Macan–rivaling 400 horsepower. In line with Volvo’s tech and safety push, the XC60 has some advanced semiautonomous features baked in, including one called Pilot assist, which can accelerate, brake, and steer at speeds up to 80 miles per hour. On the winding, heavily traffi cked Spanish highways we tested it on, Pilot proved more stress-inducing than task-relieving. (The Volvo folks admitted that the system may be better suited to U.S. interstates than twisty European thoroughfares.) Bottom line: The drive is so entertaining, you’ll want your hands on the wheel anyway. volvocars.com

ENGINE: 2-LITER SUPER- AND TURBOCHARGED 4 

HORSEPOWER: 316 

MSRP FROM: $44,900

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