Volvo XC60 Review
Volvo XC60 is a compact luxury crossover which is considered as the brand’s best selling automobile since the year 2009. This amazing crossover was unveiled by the Swedish automakers, Volvo Car Corporation in 2008 and it adapts the platform of Volvo Y20. Currently, it is running into its second generation, and the latest version has come up with a revamped grille and headlights and minor upgrades to exhaust tips and tail lights as compared to its previous versions. After tasting huge success in Europe, this vehicle made its debut in Philippines auto market and ever since then it has garnered an overwhelming response throughout the country, all thanks to its exceptional power and performance, sleek design and advanced safety and infotainment elements.
Engine, mileage & variants
Volvo XC60 is made available in variants which are packed in with exceptional combination of diesel and petrol engines. The 2.0 litre diesel engine gives out the maximum power of about 181 hp at 4250 rpm, along with the peak torque of about 400 Nm in between 1750 to 2500 rpm. Whereas, both of the available petrol engines gives out the maximum power ranging from 245 hp (1.7 litre engine) to 304 hp (3.0 litre engine) with peak torque of 350 Nm (1.7 litre engine) to 440 Nm (3.0 litre engine). The 3.0 litre petrol engine accelerates 0-100 kmph in just 7.5 seconds with an equally decent top speed. In terms of fuel economy, the most appreciable powerhouse is the 2.0-litre diesel engine which delivers an impressive fuel economy of 18.8 kmpl in combined driving situations.
The versatile crossover by Swedish manufacturer, Volvo XC60 is embraced with numerous exterior specifications, with different exclusive touches. Couple of dynamic headlights, the futuristic front and the round-shaped chrome finished tail pipes complements its aerodynamic body. The broad front grille accompanied by the elegant LED headlights reflects the masterstroke idea of its design. The wind screen wiper gets activated automatically after detecting the rain droplets. Also, the appointed front grille lets enough ventilation for the engine and exhibiting the real grace it is mounted with company insignia on it. Volvo XC60 rests on overall dimensions of 4644 mm X 1891 mm X 1713 mm (L X W X H) with a wheelbase of 2774 mm ensuring ample cabin space. The ground clearance of this crossover stands at 231 mm.
The exclusive and lavish interior design of this crossover are accentuated by the elegant leather upholstery giving exquisite comfort throughout your drives. It comes fitted with high power audio system integrated with 8 speakers which delivers premium sound quality and also features CD, Radio player in it with a USB connectivity. Besides that, the leather steering wheel with decor inlays and a gear knob boosts XC60's inside grace in an effective manner. Number of storage compartments have been ideally positioned and the boot space comprising the volume of 523 litres is further extended with the 40/20/40 rear seat split arrangement. 7-inch display has been provided which serves as an interface for audio, communication and navigation aspects.
Safety, Braking and Miscellaneous
The manufacturer have appointed this crossover with number of safety features which extends the protection to the people on-board. Employed Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist offers a more relaxed driving by its stop and go function. Also, the car is provided with the advanced Haldex all wheel drive system that constantly keep an eye on the the speed of the car, engine torque, throttle and brakes. Besides that, the engineer have appointed this crossover with dual stage airbags for driver and passengers, Anti-submarining protection, Side Impact Protection System and Whiplash Protection System which make sure about the maximum safety of the riders. The advanced Intelligent Driver Infotainment system immediately notifies the driver at the event of extreme steering, braking or acceleration.
Volvo XC60’s striking exterior design with superior safety features makes this car stand out among all the cars of its segment. However, its competitor, BMW X3 proposes better handling to its occupants.