Volvo’s Much Improved XC60 Is Now Available | MHH International

Volvo XC60 at speed
Back in 2008 after a few shaky years under the Ford banner, Volvo knew it had to create its own platform to make a success of their future cars. The solution the Swedish brand came up was with Scaleable Product Architecture. This made its debut with the XC90 SUV, followed by the S90, V90 and V90 Cross Country estates. The new and very impressive Volvo XC60 SUV, which is now available to order in the UK, follows with UK prices starting at £37,205 for the D4 AWD Momentum version.

The previous XC60, whilst good in many ways, was a bit lacklustre. Early impressions of the new car though are very positive indeed.

 

The XC60 crossover is the first of Volvo's mid-sized 60 series models to be built. It is powered exclusively by Volvo's efficient Drive-E power-trains, and features much of the advanced connectivity, entertainment and safety technology from the larger cars and SUVs in the Volvo catalogue.

 

A choice of three 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engines will initially be available – the D4 and D5 PowerPulse (see below) diesels, and the T5 petrol. A T8 Twin Engine petrol-electric plug-in hybrid will be available later in 2017.

Every XC60 that comes of the line does so with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard. That’s two customer decisions taken care of.

 

Volvo XC60 side view

 

The D4 offers 190hp, combined fuel consumption of up to 55.4mpg and fairly modest CO2 emissions from just 133g/km. The D5 has a beefier 235hp, combined fuel consumption of 51.4mpg and CO2 emissions only a little worse at 144 g/km. The T5 offers 254 hp, combined fuel economy of up to 39.2 mpg and CO2 emissions from 164 g/km.

 

Importantly, the XC60 also benefits from the brilliant PowerPulse, an ingenious Volvo invention that uses compressed air to spin the engine's two turbos when they would otherwise be dormant, such as very low engine revs, thus boosting responsiveness. It really works and answers one of the criticisms levelled at the previous model.

 

It’s a Volvo so as you would expect every version of the XC60 is sumptuously equipped. As standard, even entry-level Momentum variants come with leather-faced upholstery, LED headlights with active high beam, two-zone climate control with 'CleanZone' air-filtration system, heated front seats, a powered tailgate and 18" alloy wheels.

 

Volvo XC60 interior

Volvo's Sensus infotainment system is also standard. This brings a 9" portrait-style touch screen, satellite navigation – including lifetime annual map updates (a bonus) and Real-Time Traffic Information (RTTI) – plus an intuitive voice-activation system. It even provides access to the internet and a range of cloud-based apps such as Spotify, TuneIn, Stitcher and Yelp if that’s what floats your boat.

 

Volvo's City Safety system is fitted to every XC60. This includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian, cyclist and large animal detection, and the world-first application of Steer Assist. This feature helps to avoid or limit the severity of collisions at low speeds by assisting with the steering in an emergency, such as when swerving to miss an obstacle. Unquestionably Volvo are committed to their promise that by 2020 no one will die in a Volvo. This is one safe car.

 

Volvo XC60 side view on road

Pilot Assist, Volvo's innovative semi-autonomous drive feature, is an optional extra on every XC60. It assists with the steering (up to 80 mph) and takes care of the acceleration and braking required to keep the car within lane markings and at the desired cruising speed or distance from any vehicle in front. Pilot Assist is another inevitable step towards fully autonomous driving.

 

R-Design adds 19" alloy wheels, sports suspension, sports seats trimmed in leather and Nubuck, a high gloss black front grille, and silver matte and high gloss exterior detailing. The luxurious Inscription trim level gets Nappa soft leather upholstery and electrically adjustable ventilated front seats. It also has a different style of 19" wheels, chrome exterior details, and rear foot well and side step illumination.

 

Volvo XC60 Interior

It gets better, budget depending: Every version is also available in highly specified Pro form. Going for Momentum Pro brings powered front seats, a heated steering wheel and windscreen, active bending headlights with adaptive shadow technology, and Volvo On Call, Volvo's ingenious connected smartphone app, which allows you to control various car functions remotely.

 

R-Design Pro benefits from all this, along with 21" alloy wheels and electronic air suspension and adaptive dampers, while Inscription Pro has 20" wheels, the upgraded suspension and a massage function for the front seats.

An optional Xenium package is available across the range and adds a powered tilt and slide panoramic glass sunroof, a 360o surround view parking camera system, and Park Assist Pilot, which includes automatic parallel and 90o parking.

Volvo XC60 rear view in countryside

There’s smartphone integration, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto plus optimised apps directly via the XC60's touch screen, voice-activation system or the buttons on the steering wheel. Good vibes are taken care of by a Bowers and Wilkins premium sound system. Fifteen speakers!

Once again with their new range of cars, Volvo have stepped up. The XC60 has always been a best seller and this new car is sure to enhance the model’s prospects. A winner, no question.



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