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Брызговики — это не только способ защитить автомобиль от летящих из-под колес грязи, песка и камней, сделать поездку безопаснее для всех участников движения, но и стильный аксессуар, дополняющий силуэт автомобиля. Просчитанная геометрия, а также наличие оригинального крепежа и подробной инструкции делают процесс установки простым и быстрым. А европейские материалы и технологии позволяют брызговикам сохранять гибкость даже на морозе.
- материал сохраняет гибкость даже на 50-градусном морозе;
- надёжная защита кузова от пескоструйного эффекта;
- геометрия, разработанная по результатам 3D-сканирования колёсной арки.
- отверстия в местах крепления ускоряют и упрощают установку;
Платформа и габариты
Модернизация паркетника началась с самых основ. В качестве базы кроссоверу предоставили новую платформу SPA, которая уже используется седаном Volvo S90, универсалом Volvo V90 и старшим «собратом» XC90. Не за горами переход на эту «тележку» моделей S60 и V60, уже засидевшихся в ожидании обновлений.
Новая платформа позволила существенно увеличить колесную базу кроссовера и зарезервировать больше места для заднего ряда сидений. С учетом 91-миллиметровой прибавки межосевое расстояние составило 2865 мм. Одновременно с этим возросли внешние габариты кузова: длина увеличилась до 4688 мм (+44 мм), ширина – до 1902 мм (+11 мм). Что касается высоты, то она, напротив, сократилась – 1658 мм против прежних 1713 мм (-55 мм).
Что нового в XC60 2018 года?
Войдя в своё второе поколение, XC60 стал совершенно новым для 2018 модельного года. Визуально он соответствует новейшему языку дизайна Volvo. Красивый со всех сторон, он заимствует реплики стиля от более крупного Volvo XC90 — модели, которая возглавила ренессанс компании, но, тем не менее, Volvo XC60 не копия своего старшего брата. При взгляде на тест-драйве с определённых углов (например, на задние три четверти) автомобиль выглядит как эволюция его предшественника, что и было намерением проектного отдела Вольво.
Листовой металл скрывает высокомодульную масштабируемую платформенную архитектуру Volvo SPA. Её также можно найти в моделях 90-й серии, таких как Volvo S90, V90 Cross Country и вышеупомянутой XC90. Другими словами, XC60 стал автомобилем высоких технологий. Об этом же говорят и сами проектировщики модели.
Volvo XC60 2018 review
Volvo’s top-seller, the XC60, has received a much-anticipated overhaul, and being a Volvo much of the story is about its now higher standard of safety features. Internally and externally, XC60 has a strong resemblance to its larger SUV sibling the XC90, but XC60 took on only about 50 per cent of its DNA, granting it its own identity. But in line with the company’s vision of “no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car by 2020”, a large part of this carry-over has been equipping XC60 with a full suite of Volvo’s Intellisafe technologies.
Configurable within the Intellisafe package is an electronic speed limiter, adaptive cruise control, pilot assist and distance alert. Although not intuitive at first, it’s relatively easy to change between speed limiter, adaptive cruise and Pilot Assist (a semi-autonomous driving system). The adaptive cruise worked well, and in Pilot Assist mode XC60 felt confident in its understanding of the road ahead, employing an assertive steering assistance with very minimal movement within the lane. But even at the lowest headway setting, it seemed to start slowing down a little earlier than when you’d normally decide to change lanes and overtake. This was more prevalent with a small speed difference to the vehicle you were approaching.
Even without Pilot Assist engaged, XC60 monitors the road to help keep you safe, with features such as speed sign recognition, autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist, run-off-road mitigation and protection, blind spot monitoring with steering assist, rear cross-traffic alert and large animal detection. It provides this aid in a relatively unobtrusive manner, although it was still clear to the driver that the vehicle deemed it necessary to intervene.
New to Volvo in XC60 is a collision avoidance assistant to help the driver in making evasive manoeuvres, and ‘oncoming lane mitigation’, which steers the vehicle back into its lane should the driver drift over the lines into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
More stylish look
Cosmetically, XC60 has distinctive design traits seen across the Volvo line-up, but in this case with a slightly less boxy shape to give it a more stylish look that doesn’t shout ‘brutish SUV’. It comes in three trim levels – Momentum, Inscription and R-Design – with a choice of petrol or diesel engine in each, plus an hybrid option in R-Design spec. The main clue to model specification is the wheel size, ranging from 19-inch rims on the Momentum to 21 inches on the R-Design.
The cabin has a very upmarket feel with a mix of woodgrain panels, leather and metallic accents. A customisable 12.3-inch screen provides the driver with all the essential driving information, with automatic brightness adjustment to ensure it doesn’t become too overbearing in the dark. The leather- wrapped steering wheel feels comfortable in your hands, and the small drive selector gives a hint of sportiness to the interior. The engine start/stop is next to the drive selector, and for novelty value it’s operated by twisting a knob.
There is plenty of space inside the five-seat XC60, with a good amount of legroom front and rear, and ISOFIX childseat points. There are plenty of cupholders and storage compartments, including under the rear seats. A sensor allows you to open the tailgate using a simple foot gesture under the bumper, revealing a cargo area with ample storage space, 12-volt power and a three-position curtain cover that lets you hide larger items without impacting too much on rearward visibility.
A minimalistic approach is taken to the user interface. Much of the infotainment system is controlled through a nine-inch touch-screen operated somewhat like a tablet. (But there’s no CD player unless it is optioned.) Physical buttons are limited to demisters, hazard lights, music navigation, volume and a home button for the touch-screen. Our test car, a petrol-powered T5 Inscription, was fitted with a clear, crisp Bowers & Wilkins audio system, an upgrade from the standard Sensus Connect High Performance Audio 10-speaker system.
A smooth drive
The T5 Inscription petrol engine is a 2.0-litre turbo putting out 187kW and 350Nm. Courtesy of an all-wheel-drive system fitted across the range, driving was surprisingly smooth, yet the XC60 had a tightness that allowed it to take control of sweeping bends and move between tighter turns with ease, at times letting you forget you were driving a medium SUV. Even in some rough terrain, the XC60 seemed relatively unencumbered. Steering in ‘comfort’ mode was just that, with a lightness to be expected in a vehicle targeting consumers interested in luxury. Extended trips were no issue, the leather comfort seats producing no feelings of discomfort after three hours on the road, and surprisingly little road noise made it into the cabin.
The eight-speed automatic transmission utilised the power of the T5 in a way that made sure you had passing power when needed, along with a comfortable cruise on the highway. Officially fuel consumption is 7.8L/100km, however after driving in a range of conditions from peak-hour traffic to country highways, our average was considerably more at 10.2L/100km.
The update to Volvo’s top-selling XC60 further advances an already strong suite of safety technologies. The XC60 bundles an extremely driveable vehicle with a comfortable and luxurious interior, creating a package that feels ready to tackle anything the family wants to throw at it.
First Drive Review: 2018 Volvo XC60 SUV Steers You Away From Trouble
The 2018 Volvo XC60 SUV adds a new layer of safety technology called Steering Assist, which steers the car out of the way of trouble on the highway and in town. The XC60 also includes a quieter, more luxurious cockpit that comfortably carries four adults.
The second generation of Volvo’s compact premium SUV is modern and competitive with the best from Germany, Asia and the US. That’s good. As with other premium automakers, however, Volvo puts some desirable driver and safety assists in $1,000-$2,000 options packs. Blind spot detection and adaptive cruise control are package options, not standard the way we’d prefer.
Volvo’s safety in action
Volvo’s 2 (only) USB jacks.
I drove Volvo’s top-of-the-line XC60 T6 Inscription, which as tested cost over $60,000 with virtually every option including the $1,800 air suspension and a $3,200 B&W audio system. The XC60 T5 Momentum, the entry model, starts at $42,000. In town and on highways, the XC60 is swift, quiet, light (a panoramic sunroof is standard) and airy. The rear seats hold three and are quite comfortable for two adults traveling long distances, as long as they don’t need USB power; the front console has the car’s only two jacks. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard.
The standard safety assists include lane keep assist, run-off road mitigation (pulls the car back if it starts to go off-road), run-off road protection (protection of the spine if the car lands hard), driver drowsiness alert, road sign recognition, auto-brake after collision, the latest iteration of Volvo City Safety, and telematics with crash notification.
My test car had the optional head-up display, part of the $1,900 advanced package that also has steerable LED headlamps and surround-view cameras.
Steering Assist enhances 3 driver assist technologies
There’s a new version of Volvo Pilot Assist in the XC60 that combines full-range adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist, activated with a single button on the steering wheel. Pilot Assist is part of the $2,000-$2,200 convenience package. Volvo’s LKA implementation warns if you’re about to cross over a lane marking. It then steers or brakes you back into lane, but won’t center itself in lane as would, say, a Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, or Acura.
Volvo added Steering Assist to three existing technologies. With Steering Assist plus blind spot detection, if you try to change lanes when there’s a car coming up fast in the blind spot (and if you ignore the alerts), Steering Assist nudges you back. If you veer across the center line and there’s an oncoming vehicle, you’ll be steered back; Volvo calls this Oncoming Lane Mitigation. The jack-of-all trades Volvo City Safety (that detects cars, cyclists, people, and large animals, and slows or stops to avoid them) will provide additional steering effort if you try to steer around an obstruction at low speed. Steering Assist is standard, as is City Safety. Blind spot detection is part of an $1,100 vision package, along with parking assistance and dimmable rear view mirrors.
Sensus center stack display
Volvo is near-unique in offering standard a vertical 9-inch center stack display, Sensus. It mimics a tablet, including a home button just below the display, and the ability swipe left or right for additional menu pages: car functions and applications. Volvo said it has improved the touch-screen interface, although others reviewers test driving the car said they found it at times confusing. Volvo said drivers become more comfortable after a couple weeks.
The standard fonts on the Sensus screen will seem a bit small to some, an issue that affected others such as Ford Sync in its early years. The 12.3-inch digital Driver Display, or digital instrument panel, is legible, with one exception: Some secondary prompts, including navigation info, are hard to see on sunny days; they’re in a medium blue font on a black background.
Better than Mercedes, more confusing than Honda
People think of Volvo as the safe-car company. (It is.) It can slug toe-to-toe with Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz and come out ahead: Lane keep assist and LED headlamps are standard only on the XC60.
But Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 have a simpler story to tell: Buy our small SUV and the key safety stuff comes standard. Honda calls it Honda Sensing and (except on the low-volume entry LX) the CR-V comes standard with stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and blind spot detection. Toyota Safety Sense-P (TSS-P) gives every RAV4 the same, except blind spot detection is an option.
Volvo goes beyond what CR-V and RAV4 offer, but for the core driver safety assists — ACC, BSD, LKA — Volvo requires $2,200 and $1,100 options packages. Volvo might want to consider a simpler, more inclusive approach down the road.
Is the XC60 worth waiting for?
The XC60 comes two years after the breakthrough Volvo XC90, a midsize SUV that was the first to use Volvo’s Scalable Platform Architecture technology to build different size cars, wagons, and SUVs out of a common architecture. SPA cars have one engine family available in turbocharged (250-hp T5), turbocharged and supercharged (316-hp T6), or turbocharged and supercharged with a hybrid-electric motor (400-hp T8). So far, the SPA platform has hatched the XC90, S90 sedan, V90 wagon (this summer), and XC60.
The XC60 is a polished vehicle, enjoyable to drive or ride in, and not at all cramped at 185 inches long. Most users will be happy with the Momentum trim and either the T5 or T6 engines. They will have to choose carefully to get the right features and technologies.
My suggestion: Start with the XC60 T6 Momentum, which costs $45,895 including $995 freight. If you’re serious about safety and technology, you’ll want three more options packages: the $1,100 Vision package, the $1,900 Advanced package, and the $2,200 Convenience package. Dropping back to the turbo-only T5 engine saves $3,000. Only the XC60 Inspiration, $3,800 more, provides access to the ventilated, massaging, premium leather seating package with heated steering wheel and heated front/rear seats for another $3,000. The 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins premium is fantastic, but it’s $3,200; the base system has 10 speakers.
The 2018 Volvo XC60 is already in production. The US gets first deliveries in late summer, with the hybrid arriving in fall. In Europe, the shorter, taller first-generation XC60 has been the top seller among compact luxury SUVs for several years; here, the XC90 rounds out the top ten. Volvo hopes to sell almost 30,000 new XC60s in its first full year here, which would put it in the top five.
Volvo expects 60 percent of sales will be the entry XC60 Momentum, about 20 percent the top-line Inscription, and about 10 percent sporty R-Design. Based on Volvo’s technology and safety, the 2018 XC60 arrives on equal footing with the best from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes, as well as the premium US and Japanese makers of compact SUVs. Volvo is back.
“The 2018 Volvo XC60 T8 is a luxury performance SUV priced thousands of dollars less than its rivals.”
- 400 horsepower, 472 pound-feet of torque
- Extremely comfortable
- Midsize utility and space
- Large tablet touchscreen interface
- Larger battery for better economy
- Regenerative braking still feels strange
- Heated seats should be standard
The XC60 midsize crossover SUV is Volvo’s best-selling model in America, moving 20,452 units in 2016. That’s enough to give Volvo 5 percent of the market in that category, and it’s on track to sell just as many in 2017. With Volvo’s new fuel-efficient Drive-E engines available in 250- and 316-horsepower variants, the Swedish automaker has a compelling performance story on top of its reputation for safety and comfort. And as we found out in our 2018 Volvo XC60 T8 review, the efficiency story goes even further.
Volvo has not been content to rest on its achievements (like winning our luxury car awards). The company has committed that every new vehicle launched in 2019 and beyond will have some kind of electrification; either hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or EV. Further, Volvo has set a goal that by 2020, no one will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo.
To fulfill those promises, Volvo’s been working on several fronts, and we’re seeing steps toward their goals every year. This year’s steps involve extending Volvo’s twin-engine plug-in hybrid technology to the XC60 and the S90 sedan, and refinements of the advanced safety features offered across the entire Volvo product line. The company is also working hard on increased autonomous capability, but that’s still mostly behind the gates in Gothenburg.
The XC60 has been in production since 2008, and this year’s update is the first major refresh since 2013. Starting with the 2018 model year, the XC60 is built on Volvo’s Scalable Product Architeƒcture platform, shared with the 90-series of full-size vehicles. New for the 2018 model year, the T8 twin-engine plug-in hybrid drivetrain is available with the XC60, in addition to the two gasoline engine options.
Other new features for the 2018 XC60 include Volvo’s 9.3-inch Sensus Connect touchscreen infotainment and control interface. This large-format screen uses tablet gestures and offers an intuitive interface. The XC60 also receives access to Volvo’s Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving system, and several other related safety technologies.
Trim levels and features
The new XC60 is available in three trim levels, and all trims may be ordered with the T8 plug-in hybrid drivetrain.
The base trim is called Momentum, and it’s a generously well-equipped package. Momentum buyers receive LED headlights and taillights, panoramic moonroof, 18-inch wheels, leather, 9.3-inch touchscreen interface with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 8-inch driver information display, 10-speaker audio system, rear park assist camera, power tailgate, and a standard safety package that equals most manufacturer’s optional safety packages. The Momentum trim XC60 starts at $48,893 after all rebates and fees are applied.
New for the 2018 model year, the T8 twin-engine plug-in hybrid drivetrain is available with the XC60.
The sport trim is called R-Design, and it adds a list of performance-related features including 19-inch wheels, sport seats, paddle shifters, keyless entry, LED fog lights, a 12.3-inch driver information display, and GPS navigation. R-Design is a $3,300 premium over Momentum trim at $52,193.
Luxury trim is called Inscription, and it also includes 19-inch wheels, real wood trim, keyless entry, LED fog lights, the 12.3 inch driver information display, navigation, and an air conditioning outlet in the glove compartment. Inscription is a $3,800 premium over Momentum trim at $52,693.
The thing to notice about Volvo’s trim walk is that there’s less than $4,000 difference between the base Momentum trim and the top Inscription package, with the R-Design falling just below Inscription. With only a 10 percent difference between base and top trims, there’s very little reason not to plus up your XC60.
Looking at the new XC60, its styling is a continuation of the previous generation, which was always a good-looking vehicle. If you like crossover SUVs at all, you’ll find the XC60 among the more handsome offerings on the market.
The big tech news is the 9.3-inch Sensus Connect screen in the dashboard center stack. This is a major upgrade from the previous generation’s inset screen. This interface offers tablet swipe-and-pinch gestures, and provides enough real estate that Volvo is able to divide the screen into four independent sections to provide quick and easy access to any controls you need.
You can even place your Apple CarPlay or Android Auto interface into one of the four sections, so you don’t have to give your entire screen over to the phone to use its features. The Sensus Connect system provides 4G/LTE connectivity and will generate a wi-fi hotspot in the car for your passengers to use. Sensus Connect also offers its own suite of apps including Pandora, Spotify, Glympse, Local Search, Yelp, Weather, and Wiki Locations.
The main Sensus screen also interacts with the 8-inch or 12.3-inch driver information displays, and the optional head-up display on the windshield. Navigation, infotainment, and basic information can all be mirrored for the driver.
Optionally, XC60 buyers can order the Bowers & Wilkins sound system, which uses 15 speakers including a body-integrated subwoofer and an 1,100-watt amplifier. It sounds good and costs $3,200 at any trim level.
Interior fit and finish
As mentioned, you get a good package even in the base Momentum trim level. That means leather upholstery and a good dashboard covering. Adding heated front seats and heated steering wheel will cost you $750 in any trim level. That really should be standard in a luxury brand vehicle, but it’s well worth the money in any case.
Whether you get the standard seats or the R-Design sport seats, your back will thank you for choosing a Volvo.
Volvo is well-regarded for its comfortable seats and cabin, and the XC60 is exemplary in this regard. Whether you get the standard seats or the R-Design sport seats, your back will thank you for choosing a Volvo. Every trim level includes power adjustments and power lumbar support, and the R-Design and Inscription trims include mechanical extensions for perfect leg support all the way to your knees.
Generally speaking, Volvo’s interiors are always best-in-class, with clean Scandinavian designs and excellent build quality. That’s what you’ll find in the new XC60. As a must-succeed vehicle, Volvo has given special attention to this update.
With the second row of seats folded down, the XC60 offers 29.7 cubic feet of cargo space. The rear hatch opens to a broad space, so you can make full use of that cargo capacity. The hatch is also powered, which is fast becoming a baseline feature for all luxury brands.
As a midsize SUV, you can reasonably take five adults, though the three in the back seat will be close together. Rear seat legroom is good at 38 inches.
Driving performance and MPG
Without a doubt, the driving experience is the largest and most significant change to the 2018 Volvo XC60 T8. First, the vehicle gained a new double wishbone suspension in front, and an integral link design in the rear. Optionally, you can choose the air suspension that allows you to raise the ride height by up to 40mm (2 inches) in off-road mode, or drop the suspension by 10mm (0.4-inch) for dynamic mode driving.
But the real bonus for the XC60 is addition of the T8 driveline. This is Volvo’s innovative twin-engine plug-in hybrid design, with a 313-horsepower turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in front, mated to a standard hybrid electric motor. In the rear, Volvo adds an 87-horsepower electric motor to drive the rear wheels. The XC60 will use the electric motors and the gasoline engine individually or in parallel for best performance and fuel economy.
The 2018 version of the T8 drivetrain has enhanced the battery pack from 9.2 Kilowatt Hours up to 10.4 kWh for more EV-only range and more available power in hybrid mode. This will improve both performance and MPGe when rated by the EPA.
At this time the EPA has not released its fuel economy figures for the 2018 XC60 T8. However, the 2017 XC90 with the T8 drivetrain is rated at 54 MPGe and 25 MPG in combined city/highway driving. With the larger battery and smaller vehicle size, the XC60 should surpass those numbers.
The XC60 does 0 to 60 in just 4.9 seconds. That’s almost a full second faster than a Maserati Levante, just for the record.
The T8 drivetrain comes with several driver-selectable engine modes, including Pure EV, Power Mode, AWD Mode, and a customizable Individual Mode. There’s also an Off Road Mode, available up to 12 MPH, for really rough terrain. This locks the torque between front and rear wheels at 50:50 and engages hill descent control.
Finally, there’s an option to save your battery power for later use, if you know you’re likely to need EV mode later in your drive, and a function to use the gas engine to charge your battery pack for later use.
Overall, the XC60 T8 provides 400 system horsepower and 472 pound-feet of max system torque. That’s enough to send this SUV from 0 to 60 in just 4.9 seconds. That’s almost a full second faster than a Maserati Levante, just for the record.
The only fault we can lay on the XC60, along with every other hybrid, is that the regenerative braking system still feels strange at times. Because the brake pedal is engaging a generator, it can feel less responsive than a standard brake system. But it’s only because the XC60 handles so well that it’s even noticeable.
Safety is the other big deal on the 2018 Volvo XC60 T8. The advanced safety and convenience gear introduced last year in the 90-series vehicles is now available on the XC60. This includes features like Steer Assist, which will help the driver steer around an obstacle if a collision is likely. The Steer Assist feature is also linked with the Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) and the Oncoming Lane Mitigation feature. In each case, the Volvo will steer itself out of danger or help you to steer it out of danger.
You can also get the related Pilot Assist system as part of the optional Convenience package. This will allow the XC60 to mostly steer itself and use the adaptive cruise control to match speeds on the highway. Let’s be clear, this is not autonomous driving yet. This is what’s called a Level 2 partial automation system, which assists the driver with some tasks, but still relies on the driver as the primary monitor of the driving environment.
But take note, each new feature points the way towards the autonomous future, and Volvo is taking determined steps to get there. They have a field test planned in Sweden to test a Level 4 autonomous car on public roads.
The 2018 Volvo XC60 T8 is a major step forward for Volvo. The company’s commitment to electrification does not mean the end of the internal combustion engine, it means that the engine will be optimized and assisted by electric motors for best effect. You only have to look at the performance numbers to see what’s possible down this line of development
SUV buyers should like the XC60’s midsize footprint, which makes it convenient in an urban environment and versatile enough to carry cargo. The luxury and performance aspects of the vehicle make it fun. Starting at $48,893 for the Momentum trim, and topping out at $52,693 for the Inscription trim, you’ve got plenty of room to add some options and still find yourself in an affordable high-performance SUV for thousands (or tens of thousands) less than comparable European luxury SUVs.
With its most successful vehicles, Volvo has always offered somewhat of an antidote to the standard set by German luxury cars. High design layered over breezy, comfortably capable Volvo driving characteristics are often great counterpoints to exacting BMWs and Audis.
I can’t think of a better segment in which to deploy that aesthetic than the luxury crossover world in which the all-new Volvo XC60 competes. Though the Germans all make bloody fast versions with which to lure the well-heeled and the macho – Volvo, too, has a massively quick T8-engined version of the XC60 that you’ll read about soon – crossovers tend to feel successful by way of amenities, ride quality, flexible function, and style. Based on those criteria, this revamped CUV seems poised for commercial success.
Sit back and luxuriate. When the more expensive XC90 launched a few years ago, it was roundly lauded for its plush-yet-tasteful design and tremendous comfort. I was therefore happily surprised that the smaller, less expensive XC60 seems to have brought its bigger brother’s interior over, whole cloth. Granted, the XC60 I drove wore the R Design specification meaning sporty, grippy, well-bolstered seats, but the experience was anything but hardcore. I love the “ribbon” of trim that runs along the dash, the look and feel of the perforated leather steering wheel, and soft touch points nearly everywhere I lay my hand. Sure, the Scandinavian vibe might be better achieved in Volvo’s lighter interior colors, but even the dark version you see here feels design forward and cozy.
Quiet cabin, cushy ride. Don’t let the big, 21-inch wheels fool you – the XC60 does a fine job squiring its occupants down the road in comfort and silence. I drove through downtown Denver, at 70 miles per hour and more on the highway, and out onto mountain roads, and rarely experienced crashy or harsh behavior from the underpinnings. Even without the optional air suspension, Volvo has done a fine job tuning the chassis for great comfort, without sacrificing too much in terms of handling fun. Road and wind noise are really controlled, too, which makes me more inclined to recommend the pricey, optional Bowers & Wilkins sound system with its 15 speakers and 1,100 watts. Crank the volume at a 50-mph cruise and you’ve basically got a rolling listening room.
Elegant. as expected. Volvo has been churning out some of my very favorite exterior designs for some time now, and the revamped XC60 doesn’t break the streak. As I found in the interior, elements of trim brighten a clean design, rather than simply tarting up a typical crossover. The designers haven’t reinvented the midsize crossover here, but the family elements of Volvo styling language – “Thor’s Hammer” LED headlights, rich-looking metallic grille, big, classic looking seven spoke wheels, etc. – evoke true luxury. Remember when Volvos used to be cool because they were nerdy? That’s no longer the case.
Valuable power. The most basic XC60 comes with the T5 engine – a turbocharged 2.0-liter making 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. That vehicle lines right up with the power and pricing of the base versions of the Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLC, etc. But the XC60 T6 is more interesting, as its gutsy 316-hp, 295-lb-ft engine (supercharged and turbocharged) puts it a power class above the 2.0T competition, for around three thousand dollars more. Basically the T6 seems to occupy a little niche between base versions of luxury CUVs, and fuller performance versions, which is great for a shopper looking for occasional thrills but without a $60,000 budget.
More aesthete than athlete. The XC60 doesn’t exactly mind being hustled around those previously referenced mountain roads, but it doesn’t love it, either. Even with a set of big-bolstered seats, you move around quite a lot as the CUV rolls through its suspension, at least when you’re pushing really hard. This won’t be a problem for most people – my guess is that if you’re looking for a tall wagon with hardcore handling chops you’re already leaning towards a Porsche Macan or Jaguar F-Pace. But, at least in the R Design trim, there’s a certain amount of sporty pretension not being backed up 100 percent on the road.
All-wheel only. I know, I know – all-wheel-drive versions of cars like this are typically more desirable, anyway. But the truth is I think there are a lot of people who would love a base XC60 T5 with front-wheel drive, at a more affordable price point. I expect that version of the vehicle to be coming at some point, but all versions are AWD at launch.
Photos: Greg Jarem / Volvo