Volvo XC60 Test Drive Review

Volvo XC60 Test Drive

Volvo XC60 Overview

If you’re going to be in the market for a mid-size luxury SUV soon, prepare to be spoilt for choice. The segment has recently seen the addition of the more affordable Jaguar F-Pace, apart from which Lexus’ new NX 300h goes on sale soon, Audi’s ever-popular Q5 is due for replacement in early 2018 and BMW will also be out with its next-gen X3 by May 2018. Our focus here, however, is on the all-new second-generation Volvo XC60 that will go on sale in India on December 12. It’s an SUV that, like all of the newer Volvos, promises to put the emphasis on luxury.

Volvo XC60 Style

Not much can be noticed about the exterior design. The test mules seem to be wearing thick camouflage. This makes it difficult to understand what is underneath the skin. The Thor hammer inspired LED headlamps will come on the XC60. Then, there will be the oblong grille that is a combination through out the Volvo range. We reckon, the design will be a lot more sporty and aggressive.

There isn’t a major change in the dimensions as it is expected to continue with a similar length 4,628 (182.2 in) on the new-gen too.Volvo is looking at adding a long wheelbase for better interior room.

Volvo XC60 Space

Usually get into the driver’s seat first, of any new car, but this time around, things were different. As our car waited in the hotel lobby, I went towards the boot with my bag and simply opened it by moving my foot below the tail gate. Neat feature, no? As the large 505-litres boot gulped down my small bag, I couldn’t help but lift up the spare wheel cover to check out how things are arranged. The space saver spare tyre can be used for speeds up to 80 km/hr but what I found interesting was the placement of two air cylinders on either side of the spare wheel, neat!

Now jumping into the rear seat which is so nicely designed and well-sculpted, it is almost art! Support for the back and thighs is brilliant and the seats are placed at just the right height, allowing you a good view out of the window. While head room and shoulder space are good, knee room is quite limited and tall passengers will hardly have any space between their knees and the front seat unless the front seat is pushed far ahead. Other than that, no disappointments. While you do get the conventional AC vents at the rear, Volvo has also fitted additional vents on the B-pillars. For more details on Volvo XC60 visit Quisicilia

The front seats are again super, good in size, excellent in comfort and support. You also get a good view out from the driver’s seat. The dashboard carries the same styling as the XC90 which isn’t a bad thing. Volvo has used very premium materials for the interior upholstery and it shows. The centre console houses a long storage space next to the diamond-cut engine start-stop button. The doors also get bottle holders and enough space to keep small things and the overall practicality in the cabin is good.

Talking about the features, I’ll start off with the audio system because, well, this is a Volvo and the Swede automaker has been providing top class acoustics in its cars. The Bowers & Wilkins music system sounds crisp with a variety of settings which help you find just the right balance for your personal choice. As for me, I always select the Gothenburg Hall setting which matches my liking and it sounds extremely good. You also get other features like Ambient Lighting, massage function for the seats, 360-degree view camera, Park Assist, etc. In India, the Volvo XC60 will be offered in only the Inscription D5 trim which means you get all the bells and whistles.

Volvo XC60 Performance

The new XC60 is powered by Volvo’s modular 2.0-litre diesel engine, albeit in the higher of its states of tune. In D5 form as on the XC60, the engine makes a solid 235hp and 480Nm of torque, giving this version a heads-up over rivals in the class. The engines comes mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission that channels power to all four wheels. This motor performs effortlessly and builds speed in a rather athletic manner. All throughout the rev range, there’s always adequate torque on tap and the punch at mid revs especially is very strong. This engine is very smooth and sound levels inside the cabin are really low. Even when the engine is spun faster, it still doesn’t lose its refined nature. The eight-speed gearbox is quick to respond and shifts seamlessly. And as mentioned, there are paddleshifters to change gears manually. Check for Car loan at Fincarz.

The XC60, for India, comes with four-corner air suspension as standard, and the damping characteristics can be adjusted too. The suspension raises and lowers itself based on the driving modes and the ride firmness too varies noticeably. Typically, like cars with air-suspension, the XC60 tends to float a bit over wavy roads, but bump absorption is very impressive. Stability at speeds is very good and it feels quite agile and eager to change direction. The steering is light but its direct and does weigh up based on the driving mode.

We didn’t get a chance to take the XC60 properly off-road but with 223mm of ground clearance (with the suspension at full extension) and all-wheel drive, the Volvo should tackle mild trails without hassle.

Volvo XC60 Driving

The Volvo XC60 feels very stable no matter what type of road you’re driving it on. It never feels out of composure and instils a lot of confidence in the driver. The steering is fairly light at low speeds and weighs up very well. The suspension is tuned to provide a comfortable ride to passengers and the large tyres also do a good job of absorbing bumps. The XC60 comes with specially-designed Michelin tyres and the compound of these tyres is made specially for Volvo and the sidewalls even have an exclusive engraving.

In Comfort mode, the XC60 feels very relaxed to drive with the steering not feeling very heavy and the suspension having a softer setup. Body roll is a bit noticeable in this mode. When you shift to Dynamic mode, the steering feels way more heavier, the suspension gets firmer and the car overall feels so much more agile and tighter with reduced body roll too. You also get an Off-Road mode which increases the ride height of the car by 1.5-inches allowing it to pass over off-road terrain without scraping the underbelly.

Volvo XC60 Safety

Known for its safety, Volvo’s XC60 has ventilated disk brakes for both the front as well as rear wheels and no compromises when it comes to installation of airbags, you get safety airbags for every passenger. While the automatic height adjustable seat belts and the intelligent driver information system are one of the highlights of Volvo XC60 Braking and Safety features.

Volvo XC60 Cost

Volvo Xc60 On-Road Price in Pune ranges from 62,63,475 to 70,88,469 for variants XC60 Momentum and XC60 Inscription respectively. Volvo Xc60 is available in 2 variants and 4 colours. Below are details of Volvo Xc60 variants price in Pune. Check for Volvo XC60 price in Pune at Autozhop.

Volvo XC60 Conclusion

Volvo is an underdog in the Indian luxury 4-wheeler market. The company makes such brilliant pieces of engineering that it is a bit unfortunate that Indian buyers are only obsessed with German offerings in these segments. While nothing in this world is perfect, there are some things which are close to perfection. The 2018 Volvo XC60 is one of those cars which is hard to fault and the only thing which loses brownie points is the limited leg-space at the rear. If you want a powerful luxury SUV that isn’t too large in size but offers good driving pleasure, intricate details and mind-numbing features, the Volvo XC60 is definitely the one to go for.

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