Volvo XC60 Facelft First Drive Review


Volvo XC60 Overview

The new XC60 SUV adorns the skin of the its bigger sibling XC90 and a mere glance at the Volvo XC60 images would be enough keep you engaged with its boldness. As compared to its predecessor, the new model has been transformed with more tweaks and add-ons in it. The Swedish brand has made sure for it to be a head turner. The front apron now has a new addition of Volvo’ signature ‘Thor’ Hammer DRL, whereas the key highlight is the front chrome grille with vertical slats. Replacing its 2.4-litre – 5 cylinder engine, the new version comes with a more powerful 2.0-litre 4-cylinder D5 diesel power plant.

While the old 6-speed automatic transmission has also been replaced with an 8-speed automatic. It can belt out a power output of 235bhp Volvo has introduced this product in the Indian market in just one variant – the Inscription D5, which is fully loaded with techs and features. The crystal glass gear knobs and the diamond shaped controls for the start/stop button gives an exclusivity to anyone in it. The tablet-like touch screen control console is a terrific addition along with that the button-less dashboard is one the many fantastic new features you will witness in the new Volvo XC60. The plush interiors are offered with soft leather and driftwood décor inlays makes this SUV the most attractive one in the market today.Check for Volvo XC60 price in Bangalore at Tryaldrive.

Volvo XC60 Design

It speaks the design language of its elders and though I’m not a big fan of the same-sausage-different-size philosophy, the elegance of Volvo’s new design is something that I would openly welcome on various body styles. Like the 90 branded range of Volvo’s, the XC60 too is built on the Scalable Product Architecture – a modular platform that allows Volvo’s engineers and designers to customize the dimensions of the car to suit various body-styles. The distance between the front axle and the dashboard remains unchanged on all SPA cars though and this works in the XC60’s favour by giving it proportions appropriate for a premium crossover. Compared to its highly successful predecessor, the new XC60 is 44mm longer, 11mm wider and 14mm shorter and the result is a crossover that has an athletic stance and looks very proportionate.

The Volvo XC60 does resemble the XC90 in many ways, but its smaller dimensions are evident even when it’s standing by itself. Another quick way of distinguishing the XC60 from the XC90 is the front face, where the Thor’s Hammer daytime running lights poke their way out to reach the grille. The headlight assembly is studded with adaptive LED headlamps and the rear is typical Volvo with the familiar design of the taillights.

The side profile looks quite interesting too with the 19-inch wheels beefing up the stance. I particularly like the large doors which now extend all the way down to the floor and integrate the side skirting within the exterior door panel. This prevents your trousers from picking up stains during ingress or egress after an off-road session or a wet weather drive. Quite practical and thoughtful.

Volvo XC60 Cabin

Step inside and the XC60 bowls you over with the luxury it offers, strong resemblance to other Volvo cabins notwithstanding. The all-black dashboard finished in soft-touch plastics, replete with unlacquered wood trimmings, looks exquisite and the front seats that come draped in Nappa leather are supremely comfortable. Several bits like the buttons and knobs are carried over from the XC90, so quality levels are up there with cars even higher up the price ladder. Like the newer Volvos, the 9.0-inch centre touchscreen is your go-to control for most settings and it has been tweaked for better usability here. As ever, we’d have liked some more physical buttons for the basics, like climate control settings. Drivers also get a 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster that adds much to the look and feel of the cabin. Actually speaking, Volvo has gone all out with equipment.

Apart from little things like a floor-mounted accelerator pedal and auto hold function, the XC60 comes with cooled/ heated front seats that also get a massage function (a segment first), head-up display, a brilliant Bowers and Wilkins sound system, a panoramic sunroof and enthusiasts will also like the inclusion of steering-mounted paddleshifters. There are also a plethora of driving aids like a 360-degree camera, semi-automatic parking, blind-spot assist and lane departure warning. Importantly, the XC60 is the latest Volvo to feature radar-based safety aids like adaptive cruise control that can automatically adjust speed depending on the speed of the vehicle ahead.

Getting into the XC60’s back seat is a bit uncomfortable as door opening is on the narrowed side. However, once in place, you’ll find the rear seat very comfortable, with ample support for the lower back and thighs. There’s a good amount of legroom and adequate headroom too. Chauffeur-driven owners will be disappointed to learn there’s no massage or cooling function for the rear seat but the seats can be heated – helpful in harsh North Indian winters.

Volvo XC60 Performance

Should you choose to not play any audio at all, the cabin turns into a place so quiet, that it is pleasantly surprising for a diesel burning vehicle. Volvo has worked hard on insolating the road, tyre, wind and drivetrain noises and the result is clearly evident. Our drive was largely limited to the smooth tarmac of Chennai’s East Coast Road where we hardly experienced any road or tyre noise. The engine refinement is also impressive with the XC60 building pace deceptively. For more information on Volvo XC60 check Scriptcafe

The engine in question is the same 2.0l four-cylinder motor that’s available in the D5 variants of Volvo’s 90 branded range of vehicles. It manages to churn out a commendable 235PS and 480Nm of torque, which are figures that are usually in V6 territory. Given the overall lightweight (~1860kg) of the Volvo XC60, the engine feels eager and enthusiastic.

The eagerness of the engine is complemented by a fairly quick eight-speed transmission sourced from Aisin and a Haldex all-wheel-drive system. We have sampled this setup in the past and know that the XC60 is predominantly front wheel drive until there is loss of traction which transfers power to the rear wheels. I’m pretty sure in our test car the majority of the drive was with the power going to the front wheels only, since the straight roads and grippy tarmac were hardly a challenge for traction.

At launch, the Volvo XC60 will also be offered with air suspension on all four corners that enables the car to alter damping and ride height if needed. Our test car let us choose between Eco, Comfort, Off-road and Dynamic modes to alter the nature of the suspension and drivetrain. Surprisingly, the Individual mode to set suspension and drivetrain parameters separately, wasn’t available. That said, the preset settings work just fine. The XC60 is an easy driver when you want it to be and seems like it will deliver equally well when given the beans.

Volvo XC60 Driving

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 Safety

If the list of safety features isn’t the juiciest part of the brochure, the car wouldn’t qualify as a Volvo. Appreciably, the carmaker hasn’t shied away from bringing in some of its best safety tech to the India-spec XC60 either. For a mid-level offering, the list is commendable and the most notable features and assistance systems are front, side and curtain airbags, collision mitigation support at the front and rear, emergency steering assist, lane keeping assist and emergency braking assist. The City Safety package, which uses most of these systems in its application, had debuted in India on the previous generation XC60. The new one takes its further by being active at city as well as highway speeds, making the new Volvo XC60 a safer package overall.

Volvo XC60 Price in Bangalore

Volvo XC60 On Road Price is 66,32,717/- and Ex-showroom Price is 52,90,000/- in Bangalore. Volvo XC60 comes in 4 colours, namely Black Sapphire Metallic,Bright Silver Metallic,Crystal White Pearl,Rich Java. Volvo XC60 comes with FWD with 1984 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 181 bhp@4250 rpm and Peak Torque 400 Nm@1750-2500 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Volvo XC60 comes with Automatic Transmission with FWD .

Volvo XC60 Bottomline

With the new XC60, Volvo has an SUV with all the right ingredients. It’s smart-looking, beautifully turned-out on the inside, and comes loaded with equipment. The XC60 scores well on comfort and is quite pleasant to drive too. The Volvo might not appeal to the driving enthusiast but it strikes a great balance between sportiness and comfort, and it’s that balance which most owners in this segment are likely to take keenly to. The XC60 is priced at Rs 55.90 lakh (ex-showroom). For the money, the XC60 could just be the best mid-size luxury SUV out there.

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