Volvo XC60 Hatchback First Drive & Gearbox
Volvo XC60 Overview
No other premium segment is as teeming and full as the mid-size SUV segment. Earlier dominated by the likes of Audi Q5 and BMW X3, the segment has countersigned a lot of action in the last couple of years, thanks to the ever-practical Mercedes GLC and the stunning Jaguar F-Pace. Now, it’s bound to be even more difficult for those looking to buy a mid-size SUV as Volvo, too, have come up with an all-new model.The car in question is the 2017 XC60. Now in its second generation, the XC60 is entirely new as it’s based on Volvo’s SPA (Scalable Product Architecture) platform. The drivetrain is all-new as well and so is the cabin and most of what’s on the equipment list. Not too big, nor too small, the XC60 is the SUV sweet spot in Volvo’s range, however, is it good enough to keep up with the more established rivals? For information on contact details of Volvo car dealers in Hyderabad
Volvo XC60 Exterior
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 Interior
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. 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 Performance
In the 2017 XC60, you have a choice between a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a more powerful supercharged version of the same engine. The base engine should be potent enough for most drivers, with plenty of power for merging onto the highway or navigating city traffic. The more powerful optional engine is the right choice if you need to frequently haul a full complement of people and cargo or if you simply desire a little more punch when you press the accelerator. Both engines are paired with a slick-shifting automatic transmission that fades into the background.You can expect much of the same with the BMW X3. Its base engine is no slouch, but the available six-cylinder is more exhilarating. The Acura RDX only offers a single engine, a V6, which provides plenty of power for feisty driving. The base engine in the Volvo XC90 has 10 extra horsepower over the XC60, but the XC90’s heavier weight results in unimpressive acceleration. Both of the XC90’s optional engines feel more powerful by comparison.
The XC60 is among the most fuel-efficient nonhybrid vehicles in the class, getting 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway with the T5 FWD. With the T5 AWD, you can expect 20 mpg in the city and 29 on the highway. Getting the supercharged engine that comes with all-wheel drive only decreases fuel economy a bit to 20/27 mpg city/highway.Part of the XC60’s secret for sipping fuel is its stop-start system. When you come to a complete stop, like at a traffic light, the system turns the engine off until you lift your foot off the brake. Then it fires back up and you’re on your way. Unfortunately, the system feels unrefined as it starts the engine back up. If you find it too annoying, you can shut the system off and forego the extra fuel savings. The BMW X3 has the same feature. It can also be distracting, but like the XC60’s stop-start system, you can disable it. From the base X3, you can expect 21/28 mpg city/highway. The Acura RDX returns 20/28 mpg city/highway. The Volvo XC90 gets 22/26 mpg city/highway in the base trim.
Volvo XC60 Rideing
The ride quality can feel stiff but there’s no escaping how comfortable the Volvo XC60 feels to drive. The seats are fully adjustable, including the bolsters and well-crafted ride matches up rather well to create a car that feels very cosseting without feeling overtly plush.Handling is direct and pleasing but because of the focus of comfort and the ride quality, you will notice some amount of roll. The XC60 can be pushed very hard around corners if you like but expect the roll to be a companion. It never misbehaves in any way though, so switch to Dynamic mode and have fun.
Volvo XC60 Safety
Standard safety features for all Volvo XC60 models include antilock brakes, traction and stability control, whiplash protection for the front seats, front seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and Volvo On Call emergency telematics. Also standard is Volvo’s City Safety system, which is a low-speed frontal collision warning and mitigation system with automatic braking.
A pair of integrated dual-stage child booster seats are optional and pop up from the rear outboard seats to accommodate children with a height/weight range from 37 inches and 33 pounds to 55 inches and 80 pounds. Other standard and/or available features include a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, an upgraded frontal collision warning system with fully automatic braking and pedestrian and cyclist detection, a driver-inattention warning system and lane departure warning.
Volvo Xc60 Ex-Showroom Price in Mumbai ranges from 52,99,500/- (XC60 Inscription) to 52,99,500/- (XC60 Inscription). Get best offers for Volvo Xc60 from Volvo Dealers in Mumbai. Check for XC60 price in Mumbai at Carzprice
Volvo XC60 Verdict
I’ll repeat what I said in the introduction paragraph. What a car! While the BMW X3 may be more fun to drive than this and the Mercedes GLE might be more comfortable, the Volvo isn’t a bad proposition at all and it is a brilliant alternative to the X3, GLE and the Q5. The Volvo manages to offer the best of all worlds and the fact that it is imported as a CBU, unlike its rivals which are locally assembled, makes the deal even more sweeter. Also, the Volvo seems a bit cheaper or at par with competition but it benefits from lower insurance premiums which is again like a cherry on the cake. All in all, the Volvo XC60 R-Design is a great buy and we don’t see any reason for it to not be successful in our market. On a personal note, after driving the XC90 first and now the XC60, I’ve most definitely made up my mind to welcome a Volvo car in my garage in the near future.