Volvo XC60 Overview
The XC60 is Volvo’s middle-weight luxury SUV and sits below its flagship SUV, the XC90. The five seater SUV has been built on the new electric-ready platform and has been designed to fit in with all the new Volvo cars. The XC60 competes with the German trio, namely the Mercedes GLC, the Audi Q5 and the BMW X3 along with the British cousins – the Land Rover Discovery Sport and the Range Rover Evoque. Also, the upcoming Lexus NX SUV will also compete with the XC60. For information on contact details of Volvo car dealers in Chennai
Volvo XC60 Exterior
The Volvo XC60 has always been a good and mature-looking SUV. It looks butch and has immense road presence. The R-Design trim, however, is a bit on the sportier side. The body panels, bumpers, etc. get a lot of youthful enhancements and the vehicle looks much more younger than before. While the styling is not loud at all, the SUV still manages to look very handsome and appeals to the elder age group as much as it does to the young ones out there. In the R-Design trim, the vehicle’s bumpers get a redesign and the new styling elements add a lot of appeal to the vehicle.
The side profile remains more or less the same, barring the funky alloy wheels. At the rear, again there are just minor changes but when we take the whole vehicle into account, we must agree that the R-Design is leagues ahead of the regular XC60 when it comes to design. The vehicle is flanked by R-Design badges here and there, but honestly even without those badges, it is quite easy to differentiate an R-Design XC60 from a regular one. The XC60 is also quite bulky when viewed from certain angles but some clever lines do manage to hide some of the bulk. From the front quarters, the SUV looks compact and sporty while from the rear quarters, the car looks big enough to be called an SUV.
The front bumper gets unique design props like the black inserts that you see in the pictures. The vertical LED DRLs are very bright and are a catalyst in attracting people’s attention towards the car. The grille has the typical Volvo design with the slanting line and a small R-Design logo. The colour of the grille is pure black and it looks very cool. The ORVMs come finished in brushed aluminium and while this shade looks decent on a white car, I’d say it’ll look a few notches better on a red or black car, just because the contrast effect will be too high. The chunky alloys have a pleasing design but someone did comment that they look like aftermarket add-ons. At the rear, you see dual exhausts and a very subtle silver skid plate at the lower part of the bumper.
Volvo XC60 Interior
The XC60 shares its cabin design with the XC90 and S90. Will you complain? Absolutely not, because this is one of the finest cabins you could find yourself in. Trimmed in nappa leather and fine wood, and adorned with knurled dials, the cabin looks and feels really plush. Again, the centrepiece of the smart dashboard is the 9.0-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen. The system works with the slickness of an iPad but the screen is a fingerprint magnet. Also, it does take some time to load initially owing to the heavy software it runs but works smoothly once started. The interface gets a bit more colour to reflect the more ‘youthful’ personality of the 60-series cars and the layout has also been tweaked to minimise distractions. Still, we’d have preferred physical buttons for the climate control system; the screen controls aren’t the easiest to use on the move.
You sit at a nice enough height in the XC and visibility is good but you won’t find yourself towering over other road users. In true Volvo fashion, the sculpted front seats offer exemplary comfort. Adjustable for front, side and lumbar bolstering, the seats provide the right support just where you’d want it. The seats’ massage and ventilation functions make proceedings nicer still. Rear seat occupants don’t get as many goodies (and the door aperture isn’t the largest), but the ample leg- and headroom, and large windows give a nice ambience in the back. The rear seat is a bit upright and the squab could have been more supportive but, in general, it is comfortable.
The XC60s for India will come well-equipped with LED headlights, air suspension, a panoramic sunroof, a brilliant 19-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system, a four-zone climate control and nappa leather seats. Unfortunately, the XC60 makes do with manual steering adjust only.
Volvo XC60 Gearbox
In terms of the engine, the Volvo XC60 is offered with a 2.4 litre 5 cylinder D5 diesel engine which has a twin scroll turbocharger which produces 214 hp of power at 4,000 rpm and 440 Nm of torque from 1,500 rpm to 3,000 rpm. These performance figures are impressive when compared to its segment.The 2.4 litre turbocharged diesel engine is mated to a 6 speed automatic transmission which offers smooth gear changes. This powertrain also has an all wheel drive system which is impressive over rough terrain. Volvo XC60 Braking and SafetyThe Volvo XC60 isis offered with DSTC anti skid system, RSC active stability, distance alert system, collision warning system with Auto Brake, Active Bending lights, ABS with hydraulic brake assist, tyre pressure monitoring system, dual stage airbags, inflatable curtains and pedestrian protectionThe Volvo XC60 is available only in a diesel engine option and the rated mileage of the SUV is 15.38 kmpl which suggests that the car can cover around 800 km before needing to refuel.
Volvo XC60 Driving
The Volvo XC60 R-Design has a steering which you wouldn’t exactly call light. The wheel has some weight but it isn’t that heavy to cause too much inconvenience while parking. At high speeds, the steering starts gaining weight and promises a lot of confidence to the driver. Steering feedback is so-so and we would have loved it if it was a bit more. On the handling front, the XC60 really rocks and it promises a lot of fun while attacking corners at speeds you would generally do in a well-weighted sedan. The 235 section Pirelli P Zero Rosso tyres have outstanding levels of grip.
If you gain something, you lose something. All this excellent handling comes at the cost of ride quality. The suspension is a bit stiffly sprung and hence the vehicle doesn’t have the most supple, or should I say, comforting ride. At high speeds, it gobbles up potholes with ease and the SUV remains very nicely composed, but at city speeds, some of the undulations do manage to filter inside the cabin, with a thud too sometimes. The suspension settings cannot really be tweaked for Indian versions since the vehicle comes as a completely built unit from its home country. The braking performance on the XC60 R-Design is just brilliant and the pedal has enough feel while the brakes have a lot of bite that make the vehicle stop in time.
Volvo XC60 Safety
Thankfully, Volvo hasn’t forgotten about its roots because the latest XC60 has some of the most advanced safety features in the class.Automatic emergency city braking is standard on all trims and not only recognises other cars, but also cyclists, pedestrians and large animals. The system can even help you swerve around obstacles and back onto the correct side of the road, although this feature only initiates if you start to make an evasive manoeuvre.
Blind spot monitoring and Pilot Assist (automatic steering at speeds of up to 80mph) are available as part of a pack, which also includes adaptive cruise control. However, until Euro NCAP publishes its crash test results for the XC60, we can’t tell you how it’s likely to protect you, your kids or any pedestrians in an accident compared with rivals.As you’d expect in a car costing this much money, all trims levels come with an alarm and an immobiliser, and security experts Thatcham rate it with its maximum five stars for resisting theft, and four stars for repelling scallywags trying to break in and pinch your valua
Volvo XC60 Price in Mumbai
Volvo Xc60 Ex-Showroom Price in Mumbai ranges from 54,28,129/- (XC60 Inscription) to 54,28,129/- (XC60 Inscription). Get best offers for Volvo Xc60 from Volvo Dealers in Mumbai. Check for Volvo XC60 price in Mumbai at Carzprice
Volvo XC60 Verdict
Volvo finally has a good engine and gearbox to go with the smart styling of the XC60. In its R-Design trim, the XC60 is a more involving drive and comes with a long list of pampering and safety equipment too. So should you go for it? If you don’t need all-wheel drive, which for a road biased SUV is not a top priority, the FWD XC60 will impress you with its breadth of abilities. Volvos are still rare cars in India so the attention you get with this SUV is welcome too.