Despite the rivals Volvo’s XC60 is set to continues the Swedish brand’s success writes Hannah Gordon
What is it? On the back of the hugely popular previous XC60 comes this new revised second generation model, a shrunken down version of the impressive Volvo XC90 looks to be a sure hit.
Who is it aimed at? Styling and technology introduced into the new XC60 will attract many different markets, the space and versatility will prove very popular with families and the option of AWD means it is a capable off roader to.
Styling? The new familiar styling direction taken by Volvo includes the headlights with ’T’ shaped LED daytime running lights, the XC60 is a well proportioned athletic mid-size SUV and Volvo have included wrap under doors which keep the sills clean and your clothes mud free.
The Volvo XC60 is a striking vehicle that makes it stand out from the crowd and with its signature front and rear lights it certainly turns heads.
Under the bonnet? There are 4 engine choices with the new XC60, two power output diesels, a petrol hybrid and a petrol which I had in the test car. The petrol T5 is a 2.0-litre four cylinder turbo charged engine which produces 250bhp. It is the thirstiest of the engines but is more refined and smoother. It also comes with an eight speed automatic gearbox and all-wheel-drive (AWD)
What about inside? Carried over from the the XC90 and S/V90 models of the new Volvo range the XC60 gets the same Sensus 9” touch screen which sits proudly in the middle of the dash and controls most of the functions including audio, sat nav, heating and safety features. The interior benefited from Nappa and Nubuck contour seats standard with the R-Design model which are extremely comfortable and hug you in all the right places.The whole interior design is clean and uncluttered as everything runs through the touchscreen, there is plenty of storage space, handy for a family and the large boot (505 litres) is enough for any growing family.
On the road? Volvo’s approach for the XC60 is less driver fun but more for comfort, sitting within the car it encapsulates you and relaxes the senses with a smooth and compact ride. The petrol engine is quiet under gentle acceleration and is more refined than the diesel version and not as cumbersome as the hybrid. The 8-speed automatic gearbox is smooth and compliments the petrol engine, suspension is again set for comfort but the R-Design trim level does have the benefit of stiffer suspension. Volvo includes the drive mode settings which enable you to adjust the cars driving style, Comfort, Eco, Dynamic, Off Road and Individual change the engine settings, climate control, suspension and steering to personal taste.
How safe is it? Volvo offer world leading safety and have always been at the forefront of vehicle safety, the XC60 includes a whole host of safety features such as city safety and steer assist which detects objects and incorporates emergency braking. As standard the XC60 also has Oncoming lane mitigation which automatically pulls the car back into its lane should you veer out of it, and Run-off road protection which tightens seat belts and has collapsable parts on the seats to reduce the risk of spinal injury. The new XC60 benefits from plenty of Isofix points for the child seats.
What are my options? The test car benefited from the Xenium Pack which include panoramic sunroof, parking camera with 360 degree view and Park assist pilot which automatically parallel parks and can park itself into spaces. This pack will cost an extra £2000, the Winter pack costs an added £525 and includes a headlight cleaning system and heated front windscreen, steering wheel and wiper blades. Intellisafe Pro pack will cost £1500 but allows you to have Pilot assist, adaptive cruise control, blind spot information system, cross traffic alert and rear collision mitigation. The Intellisafe Pro pack includes the semi autonomous driving applications. For Apple car play and Android Auto this is a £300 option.
Will it break the bank? The T5 petrol option is the least economical at 39.2mpg and a CO2 output of 167g/km, the most economical is the D4 Diesel which does 55.4mpg and 133 g/km of CO2, the hybrid model claims an mpg of 134.5 and CO2 output of 49 g/km but that will hugely depend on your style of driving.
So the verdict? Volvo have the mid size luxury SUV market nailed, the new XC60 styling is clean, athletic and purposeful and the ride quality is the comfiest in its class whilst the interior feels luxurious and robust. Volvo have a great reputation for safety and families will be encouraged by this sense of quality and space whilst offering a protective package around their children. The T5 petrol won’t be to everyones liking but it does offer better refinement and less cabin noise intrusion, the diesel will be more popular but diesel sales have seen a big hit lately. The price is higher than the first generation but Volvo have now entered a more luxurious market.
Why you’ll buy one? Refined; Spacious; Safety
Why you won’t? Price;
VOLVO XC60 T5 R- Design AWD
Max speed: 137 mph
0-62 mph: 6.8 seconds
Emissions: 167 g/km
Model price range: from £40,400
No of Doors: 5
Euro NCAP : N/A
Fuel type: Petrol
Fuel Economy (combined cycle): 39.2 mpg
Boot Capacity Seats up: 505 litres
Length: 4688 mm
Width: 1902 mm
Height: 1658 mm
11th December, 2017