Volvo XC60 Facelift Review & Test Drive

Volvo XC60 Overview

The Volvo XC60 is a luxury SUV that is available with one diesel engine option which is mated to an automatic transmission. This powertrain is also offered with an all wheel drive system. The Volvo XC60 is available in 10 colour options, Power Blue, Rich Java, Flemenco Red Pearl, Caspian Blue, Chrystal White Pearl, Black Metallic, Bright Silver Metallic, Passion Red Silver, Twilight Bronze and Savile Grey Pearl. The XC 60 is offered with LED Daytime Running Lamps, projector lamps, LED tail lamps as well as front and rear fog lamps. Safety features include airbags, braking aids, reverse parking sensors and a reverse parking camera. Volvo XC60 price range in India is between 50,68,313/-to 50,68,313/-, check for detail pricing of Volvo XC60 in Carzprice

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Volvo XC60 Style

Its external appearance is quite decent and is appealing at the same time to any customer, who’s looking for a good looking vehicle. For a stylish image, the roof is mounted with a set of rails, which look stylish and make this crossover much more trendy. The window sill gets chrome decoration for an extra edgy richness for all the doors. Both its outside rear view mirrors can be electrically adjustable, which is an added comfort factor as well. The mirrors have a heating function to them additionally and are retractable as well. The headlamps which are fitted onto the front end are active and are stylish too. The daytime running lights are LED and help better in visibility. The side profile is quite lustrous with pull type door handles and neatly carved out wheel arches, which have been fitted with a set of alloy wheels. The base and mid range trims are integrated with a single exhaust tailpipe and it is further decorated with chrome strips for better look. Whereas, the rear end of the top end D5 Summum is fitted with dual exhaust tailpipes, which have chrome cover to them and this enhances the rear image. Skid plate is fitted to both front and rear end. These protect the bumpers from getting damaged from the road impacts and additionally the front plate safeguards the engine from damage.

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. 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 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 Driving

You are seated well up with a commanding position of the road, a short-ish dashboard and Volvo’s City safety tech to bank on to keep the car away from nicks at low speeds. Ground clearance at 230mm is class leading, the steering is light and weighs up well with speed so it’s quite an easy car to drive… until a dollop of torque steer kicks in. Yes there is plenty of it during hard acceleration runs, with all the 400Nm sent to the front wheels so as suggested earlier, the XC60 is best driven unhurried. The R-Design XC60 gets stiffer springs and firmer anti roll bars for enthusiastic handling but that does rob the SUV of its supple ride. It’s good and reassuring at high speed through undulations but low speed ride takes a beating. This isn’t the right setting for Indian road conditions which sadly won’t change as Volvos come in as CBUs. While you lose out on quality ride, you do gain a lot on the handling front.

In addition to the stiffer springs and anti roll bars, the XC60 R-Design also gets a stiffer chassis compared to the stock XC60. We’d have to drive the two back to back to notice the difference but this car for a front wheel drive 1.85 tonne SUV does handle well. Sure it’s not on par with the agile BMW X3 but it holds its line through corners. The grip from a fantastic set of Pirelli PZero Rosso tyres gives the XC60 its handling edge and there is absolutely no tyre noise too while doing high speeds on the highway. Strong brake discs all round complement the sticky rubber to give you enough and more stopping power. Check for Volvo car dealers in India

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 Cost

Volvo Xc60 Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 50,68,313/- (XC60 Inscription) to 50,68,313/- (XC60 Inscription). Get best offers for Volvo Xc60 from Volvo Dealers in India

Volvo XC60 Verdict

Volvo finally has a good engine and gearbox to go with the smart styling of the XC60. In its R-Design trim, the XC60 is a more involving drive and comes with a long list of pampering and safety equipment too. So should you go for it? If you don’t need all-wheel drive, which for a road biased SUV is not a top priority, the FWD XC60 will impress you with its breadth of abilities. Volvos are still rare cars in India so the attention you get with this SUV is welcome too.

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