Volvo XC60 Overview
The Volvo XC60 is a massively important car for the Swedish car company. It represents nearly a third of all Volvos sold. And, as the company is happy to remind you constantly, the XC60 ‘became Europe’s largest-selling SUV in its segment within seven years of its launch. So you can be sure that the Volvo XC60, an SUV that is similar in size to the BMW X3, the Audi Q5 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC, has been carefully designed to further what is already a success story for Volvo and to take it to the next step.
The Volvo’s new-generation product was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year and we’ve just driven it. More to the fore, the Volvo XC60 is expected to go on sale in India towards the end of 2017 at a price around Rs 55-60 lakh. Even at the outset you might think that sounds like quite the price jump – the current Volvo XC60 is Rs 48-52 lakh. Well, let’s reserve judgement and look at the Volvo XC60 in detail first, shall we?
Volvo XC60 Look
The Volvo XC60 has a very aggressive front look as compared to the others in its class. The chrome chunky logo sits firm on the traditional trapezoidal grille. A V-pattern can be easily observed in the entire front design line. The flared up side profile gives the junior Volvo a bigger SUV look. The bifocal Xenon dual lamps are not too stretched and fit just right. The turn indicators integrated with the front light assembly completes the arch of the headlight curve, its subtle positioning is the best I feel. Volvo XC60 has a longish bonnet, with a firm shoulder line which runs through the front and climbs its way up to rear boot.Day running LED strips which are parallel to the chrome lining of the radiator grille also contribute to the overall V-shaped theme of the front.Contours made on the front bumper run down from the headlights to the lower line. The positioning of the side air takes on the front bumper is very relaxed. It’s situated at the extreme ends on both sides.
The exterior dimensions of the Volvo include 4627mm length which is lesser as compared to the X3 and Q5. 2120mm width, which is more than that of Q5 and X3 and 2774mm wheelbase, which is lesser than the Q5 and X3.The ground clearance of this low slung Volvo XC60 is 230 mm, more than its rivals Q5 – 201mm and the X3-203mm.Side profile of XC60 is very interesting as the lines run in an ascending manner. The Chrome lining that starts from the front window goes right upto the rear quarter panel. The parallel roof-rails are in contrast with the paint scheme. While the front is low slung, it’s complemented by the raised rear end with those flowing tail lamps.Volvo offers the XC60 in 9 colors which are the Flemenco Red metallic, Terra Bronze metallic, Cosmic White metallic, Silver metallic, Seashell metallic, Ice White, Seville Grey metallic, Black Sapphire metallic and Barents blue metallic. We drove the Black Sapphire metallic shade.The chrome laden Volvo syllables sit on the tail gate. The flowing tail lamps are quite a sight in the evenings. Something which we didn’t like in the exteriors were the exhaust mufflers, it should have been integrated with the rear bumper. In India, cars half the price of it have that arrangement these days.The 17” wheels give a nice side profile. The “XC” syllables embossed on the wheels in a nice touch .The overall design of the Volvo XC60 has been made to create a motion-when-standing look.
Volvo XC60 Comfort
The cabin is fully furnished with multiple elements, which improve its look as well as give immense comfort to the occupants. All the variants are offered with leather upholstery to the seating. This is a rich factor which gives a rich feel and comfort as well. The base variant, D4 Kinetic is offered with an option of integrating sport leather seats, which can be availed at an additional charge. The driver’s seat has a memory function of the adjustment facility and is a benefit to the driver. Whereas the other variants have power seats, which are much more useful. The front seats have heating function to them for comfort during cold conditions. The rear seats have been fitted with headrests, which have foldable facility manually, while the high end trim has an electrically adjustable feature to the headrests. The inside designs are furnished with aluminum in the lower and midrange trims, while the top end has been decorated with wood for much better appearance. Check for Volvo XC60 in bigintmedia
The steering wheel has three spokes and is wrapped up in leather. This gives better feel for the driver and adds richness to the cabin. On the other hand the D5 Summum is integrated with a sportive leather steering wheel which looks trendy. All the trims have leather covering to their gear shift knobs. Furthermore, it also has gear shift paddles available in it for easier gear shifts. There is an advanced instrument cluster equipped into all the variants, which have three different modes available in it. There are climate and audio controls knobs, which have chrome surroundings fixed to them. As a standard feature, there is an internal rear view mirror, which has also got an automatically dimming function to it. Both the driver as well as the passenger sides are fitted with sun visors. These visors are additionally fitted with comfort features like fixing a vanity mirror to both of them, which further has an illumination to them. The rear seats are fitted with an armrest which has cup holders and storage facility integrated within it. There are four textile floor mats that are made available in all the trims for better convenience and richness. A parking ticket holder is offered to all the variants as well. \
There is a tunnel console that is in the front which has cup holders to it. Additional storage is offered by equipping the front doors with pockets to stuff into. Furthermore, there is a console available which has extra storage capacity. : This is one of the most important segment in any vehicle and the company has given its best to make this crossover comfortable and ergonomic for the passengers. The sports seats inside are designed in such a way, which gives better support to the lumbar as well as to the sides. This is very good as it gives a firm support, while going on any off-roading drives. The seats as well as the gear lever and its steering wheel have been covered with high class soft touch leather material that offer a comfortable experience of traveling and driving. Apart from this there is a large glove box to store quite a few things handy, while on the move.
There are quite a few other options as well like cup and bottle holders, seat back pockets, sunvisors with mirror and ticket holders and other utility based aspects. Apart from all these, there are quite a lot of other aspects as well, which include power windows for both front and rear doors with an automatic up and down feature for the driver. Then there are separate air conditioning vents for all the occupants, which adds enormously to their comfort level during the peak summer. There is a advanced audio unit that has can play various types of internal and external devices. It is also equipped with speakers, which are well placed and help in distribution of sound evenly in the cabin. There are accessory sockets to charge small electronic gadgets, while traveling, which further adds to its utility value. All these and many more such other features make it complete comfort package for all the occupants. Other aspects include comfort pillows, rear seat cover, rear window sun shade, an electric heater integrated in the AC unit that also has a remote start, protective car cover, mud flaps for front as well as the rear tyres
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 Riding
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. Check for Car Loan Interest rate at Fincarz.
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
So, as you would expect, the new XC60 gets Volvo’s City Safety suite of driver assistance features, but this time around, Volvo has upped the ante a bit. Now, in addition to the auto brake function at speeds of 30 mph and lower, the new XC60 will also get oncoming lane mitigation and steer assist, the latter of which is used to correct your trajectory path if you cross into oncoming traffic and don’t react when a collision is imminent.
And, Volvo’s blind spot system uses the same function to help pull you back into your lane if you don’t notice that there’s a car in your blind spot. One option safety feature is Volvo’s Pilot Assist which is basically a semi-autonomous assistance system that will take car of steering, acceleration, and braking on well-marked roads as long as you’re going 80 mph or less – think of this as something similar to active cruise control or early iterations of Tesla AutoPilot system. Request Volvo Xc60 Test Drive at Tryaldrive.
Volvo XC60 Price in Hyderabad
Volvo Xc60 On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from to 63,16,375 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 Hyderabad. 71,48,369
Volvo XC60 Bottomline
If you are looking for a mid-size luxury SUV, we advise you to wait for the Volvo XC60 that launches in India in late 2017. It’s an SUV that prioritises comfort over all else and makes a rather strong case for itself in the process. It is distinctive in appearance, has a soothing cabin and comes loaded with features. It’s also quick when you need it to be but in general, has a calming air about it. In essence, the XC60 is a model that does the important things right. And expect it to be priced keenly too, in the region of Rs 55 lakh. Volvo doesn’t have the largest sales and service setup in India but if that’s not a deal-breaker, the XC60 could be all the mid-size luxury SUV you need.