Volvo XC60 Review & Test Drive

Volvo XC60 Overview

The new 2018 Volvo XC60 sits right in the centre of the crowded premium mid-size SUV segment. The SUV now in its second generation the XC60 boasts power, luxury and is wrapped in a blanket of safety complimented with smart tech onboard. Volvo XC60 is pretty looking and gets sharp design features and does not pretend to have any strong off-roading presence or neither has any desire to compete on a track. Having said that, the new XC60 still gives the driver a strong road presence and is capable of doing off-roading and has enough power to put a smile on the driver’s face. The new generation SUV has enough reasons for the existing loyal Volvo buyers to upgrade to a new one. Better suspension, better interiors, better technology and safety features pose the question: will the Swedish SUV allure the first-time buyer? Book a test drive for XC60 in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive

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Volvo XC60 Look & style

The exterior of the Volvo XC60 is an eye-pleaser and face looks just the same as its big brother, the Volvo XC90. The designers of this latest SUV has given it a complete makeover to the front and subtle changes at the rear. The captivating headlights, ‘Thor’ hammer like signature headlamps are one of the defining features of this car. The chrome finished radiator grille adds a perfect robust, classy and luxurious look to this car, where the chrome finish is definitely a defining effort to offer the Volvo XC60 a contemporary look. The Volvo XC60,s bumper gets air damns to keep the engine cool and the chrome trims just add visual value to it. The visible colour uniformity with body coloured bumpers, door handles, and rear view mirrors has been matched to perfection. Other add-ons includes are the roof rail and integrated antenna. Volvo XC60 specifications list is filled all over and is a real treat for the buyer to own an SUV with that long list.

Volvo XC60 Comfort & Space

Launched as a Tech-Pack, the interior of the one and only variant welcomes you with a slew of tech, great ambience with high comfort levels. Giving the complement to its exterior, the interior of the Volvo XC60 comes with a beautifully crafted cabin, premium leather and the tailored dash with contrasting stitching and driftwood inlays allow the magnificence of the materials to speak for themselves. While, the highlights of the Volvo XC60 is the gear level knob, made of Orrefors crystal glass and a diamond shaped start/stop button. The controls for the suspension has been designed in a laudable rolling dial. The advanced infotainment system gives a complete futuristic touch with the 9-inch touchscreen functionality, enabling smartphone like features such as swiping, pinching, and enlarging.

The previous model used to come with the clutter of buttons which has been replaced with a few tactile filled buttons. Both the rows gives a sense of comfort with its spacious and roomy cabin that gives ample leg space for the passengers. Another major attraction of the Volvo XC60 interior is the panoramic sunroof. The height-adjustment feature for both driver and passenger seat is an important feature available in this Tech Pack. Some additional features that you will find are parking assist and hill descent controls. This variant has additional facilities such as the 15-speaker Bowers and Wilkins audio system. The ventilated front seats and the Nappa leather upholstery give a majestic look to the Volvo XC60. The attractive Volvo XC60 interiors would surely give a good competition to its closest rival, the Q5.

Volvo XC60 Engine & Gearbox

India bound Volvo XC60 is powered by a 4-Cylinder twin-turbo diesel engine which is a sub-2L engine and sheds a power of 235 hp and 480 Nm of torque. We will only get this one diesel engine for now and many sometime later Volvo will contemplate bringing in the petrol version. The D5 variant of Volvo XC60 is extremely refined and smooth and almost makes you feel like you are driving a petrol-powered car with no noise inside the cabin. We drove along the beautiful coastline of the East Coast Road in Chennai and truly enjoyed in the scenic route. The SUV handled like a sedan and the steering wheel did not feel heavy. You need to keep an eye on speedometer as the XC60 can cross the triple-digit mark in no time.Simple addition of an air-pressurizing tank in the engine worked in the favour of reducing the turbo lag, but it still isn’t a total solution. The XC60 uses suspension from 90 series cars it is nice and stiff.

The engine is mated to a 8-Speed gearbox which is a bit lazy but there the addition of paddle-shifters makes the driving fun. Switching modes from comfort to dynamic mode slowly lessens the tight bend understeer but both modes are equally comfortable. New second generation Volvo XC60Volvo XC60 has been a successful model for the company and the first generation that spanned through nine years saw an overall sale of about a million units worldwide In India, the XC60 contributes to about 30% of its volumes and the new XC60 is likely to that number higher. Volvo Cars India have begun the local assembly of its Volvo XC90 and while the local assembly of new XC60 is on cards the company will initially sell them by importing them from Torslanda Plant in Sweden. Expect the local assembly sometime later in 2018 once the production is ramped up.

Volvo XC60 Driving Dynamics

As far as the Volvo XC60 handling is concerned, the new PowerPulse engine is a very powerful unit with minimum lag and quick responding gearbox. The new 4-cylinder engine is a clean burning fuel and it is efficienct as well. It holds it lines very well through fast corners and Volvo’s massive safety systems means you are absolutely safe while doing so. Thinking of the rough road ride, the Violvo XC60 can glide through big patches easily with its air suspension system.Volvo XC60 despite being a diesel drives and feels like a petrol car with almost no engine noise inside the cabin. The steering is quick and responsive and the SUV takes very little time to cross the triple digit speed mark.

Volvo XC60 Safety & security

Volvo XC60 SUV boasts all safety features and gets an active and passive safety features such as six airbags, Emergency brake assist, Hill start assist, Heads up display and Pilot assist. Volvo XC60 comes equipped with radar-based safety feature and is now the fifth Volvo Car to get this enhanced safety features.Known for its safety, Volvo’s XC60 has ventilated disk brakes for both the front as well as rear wheels and no compromises when it comes to installation of airbags, you get safety airbags for every passenger. While the automatic height adjustable seat belts and the intelligent driver information system are one of the highlights of Volvo XC60 Braking and Safety features.

Volvo XC60 Price in Chennai

Volvo Xc60 Ex-Showroom Price in Chennai ranges from 52,99,500/- (XC60 Inscription) to 52,99,500/- (XC60 Inscription). Get best offers for Volvo Xc60 from Volvo Dealers in Chennai. Check for Volvo XC60 price in Chennai at Carzprice

Volvo XC60 Round Up

The second generation Volvo XC60 is based on the the Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) which is a modular platform that also underpins the Volvo XC90, S90 and the V90. Volvo XC60 is currently being offered on the top diesel engine variant and is priced at Rs 55.90 lakh (Ex-Delhi). The brand XC60 has been a successful one for the company here in India and has contributed to about 30% of its total sales. Volvo XC60 currently comes to India via the CBU route and the company might start the local assembly of the SUV sometime later in 2018 from its assembly plant in Bengaluru. Volvo XC60 SUV is being offered in three exterior and three interior colour options. 2018 Volvo XC60’s wheelbase is 4.2 inch shorter than the Volvo XC90 but is still 3.6 inch longer than the first-generation Volvo XC60 which has helped Volvo to increase the rear seating space. The XC60 is also longer, wider and shorter than its predecessor.

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