Volvo XC60 Performance & First Drive

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? Book a test drive for Volvo Xc60 in Tryaldrive

Volvo XC60 Look

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

Step inside and the XC60 bowls you over with the luxury it offers, strong resemblance to other Volvo cabins notwithstanding. The all-black dashboard finished in soft-touch plastics, replete with unlacquered wood trimmings, looks exquisite and the front seats that come draped in Nappa leather are supremely comfortable. Several bits like the buttons and knobs are carried over from the XC90, so quality levels are up there with cars even higher up the price ladder. Like the newer Volvos, the 9.0-inch centre touchscreen is your go-to control for most settings and it has been tweaked for better usability here. As ever, we’d have liked some more physical buttons for the basics, like climate control settings. Drivers also get a 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster that adds much to the look and feel of the cabin. Actually speaking, Volvo has gone all out with equipment. Apart from little things like a floor-mounted accelerator pedal and auto hold function, the XC60 comes with cooled/ heated front seats that also get a massage function (a segment first), head-up display, a brilliant Bowers and Wilkins sound system, a panoramic sunroof and enthusiasts will also like the inclusion of steering-mounted paddleshifters. There are also a plethora of driving aids like a 360-degree camera, semi-automatic parking, blind-spot assist and lane departure warning. Importantly, the XC60 is the latest Volvo to feature radar-based safety aids like adaptive cruise control that can automatically adjust speed depending on the speed of the vehicle ahead.

Getting into the XC60’s back seat is a bit uncomfortable as door opening is on the narrowed side. However, once in place, you’ll find the rear seat very comfortable, with ample support for the lower back and thighs. There’s a good amount of legroom and adequate headroom too. Chauffeur-driven owners will be disappointed to learn there’s no massage or cooling function for the rear seat but the seats can be heated – helpful in harsh North Indian winters.

Volvo XC60 Gearbox

Under the muscular hood of the XC90 rests Volvo’s 2-litre, four-cylinder diesel motor that makes a solid 235bhp and 480Nm of torque. Thanks to the class-leading output, the XC60 feels brisk from the word go. On part throttle, the car is quick to react both in the city and at higher speeds thanks to the flat torque spread and a quick 8-speed automatic. If anything, this engine behaves its best on part throttle wherein it can ride the wave of torque and allow the gearbox to upshift early. The midrange pull is particularly strong and even at the top-end, this motor remains composed. The overall refinement levels, in fact, are quite high with little in terms of engine and road noise entering the cabin at normal speeds.

The highlight of the XC60’s running gear is the electronically controlled air suspension with adaptive dampers. It not only constantly adapts to the road conditions but offers a whole lot more. For instance, it will keep the car at a constant height and level, irrespective of the passenger or luggage load. What’s more, when the engine is turned off, it will lower the car by 40mm for easy exit or entry. Finally, it will lower the car to its lowest setting at high speeds for better stability and increase the ground clearance by up to 40mm in Off-Road driving mode. Speaking of driving modes, the XC60 has five of them – Eco, Comfort, Dynamic, Off-Road and Individual. Unsurprisingly, the Volvo feels the calmest in Eco, with its throttle response feeling mushy and the gearbox upshifting early. Switch to Dynamic and you get a steering that’s noticeably heavier and a gearbox that hangs onto lower gears and upshifts over 4,500rpm. That being said, we found the XC60 to be the most intuitive in Individual mode as it allows the driver to alter the steering, gearbox, brakes and the suspension separately to suit their mood.

The old XC60 wasn’t all that great dynamically but this 2017 model is a lot better. First of all, the steering is no longer vague off-center and it weighs up nicely as you up the pace – it’s fairly direct and heavy (though not to the point that its cumbersome) in Dynamic, giving you plenty of confidence through high speed corners. The ride quality, too, has improved with the 2017 model exhibiting plenty of composure over a few bad sections that we managed to find on our test route. Sure, you do hear the suspension working but there is hardly any lateral movement or unsettling jolts. On the highway, the XC60 remains composed with just a hint of up and down movement. Overall, it’s a great long distance car, one that will cover up kilometers for hours without leaving the occupants fatigued.

Volvo XC60 Rideing

The XC60, for India, comes with four-corner air suspension as standard, and the damping characteristics can be adjusted too. The suspension raises and lowers itself based on the driving modes and the ride firmness too varies noticeably. Typically, like cars with air-suspension, the XC60 tends to float a bit over wavy roads, but bump absorption is very impressive. Stability at speeds is very good and it feels quite agile and eager to change direction. The steering is light but its direct and does weigh up based on the driving mode.

We didn’t get a chance to take the XC60 properly off-road but with 223mm of ground clearance (with the suspension at full extension) and all-wheel drive, the Volvo should tackle mild trails without hassle. 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 Safety

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 Hyderabad

Volvo Xc60 Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 52,06,014/- (XC60 Inscription) to 52,06,014/- (XC60 Inscription). Get best offers for Volvo Xc60 from Volvo Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Volvo XC60 price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Volvo XC60 Bottomline

So is the 2017 Volvo XC60 good enough to compete with its rivals with more popular badges? It certainly is. As a premium mid-size SUV it nails the brief quite nicely, featuring a refined and powerful motor, well sorted dynamics and an exquisite cabin that’s loaded to the roofline. Although what sets it apart from the rest is its full suite of active features and that sense of individuality you get from driving a Volvo. So if you are in the market for a mid-size SUV that’s a little out there, the XC60 is worthy choice, if you can get around Volvo’s sparse dealer network, that is.With the new XC60, Volvo has an SUV with all the right ingredients. It’s smart-looking, beautifully turned-out on the inside, and comes loaded with equipment. The XC60 scores well on comfort and is quite pleasant to drive too. The Volvo might not appeal to the driving enthusiast but it strikes a great balance between sportiness and comfort, and it’s that balance which most owners in this segment are likely to take keenly to.

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