Volvo is the latest carmaker to enter the luxury compact SUV segment with the XC60.
But it will face stiff competition from the likes of the BMW X3, Audi Q5 & Mercedes GLK…and we can confirm it will have some arguments in its favour with an original look, top quality safety and the latest generation motor.
Another strong point will be that from 2009 it will be sold with front wheel drive, which the competition doesn’t offer.
There are already three engines to choose from: a 285 brake horsepower 3-litre, six-cylinder, petrol and two diesel five cylinders with 163 &185 bhp. All three can be had with a manual six-speed gearbox or the Geatronic automatic transmission. Only the 2.4-litre diesel will be proposed on the future front wheel drive XC60.
Aesthetically, the concept version of the XC60 was already quite a good looking vehicle and the opinion hasn’t budged with the definitive version. The lines are a mix of fluidity and roundness, which is quite original. The XC60 has plenty of charm and character to holds its own in the face of the competition. There’s no mistake this is a Volvo…there are many similarities to its big brother the XC90 with an added touch of modernity. It can be shod on 17 to 19 inch wheels, here the wheels are 18.
Thanks to its ground clearance and integrated transmission, going for a bit off road fun poses no worries….and it can easily handle the occasional obstacle. For an added on price Volvo proposes a driving aid system to help out the driver when the grade becomes just a bit too steep. Another option concerns the suspension. The Four-C features three modes: comfort, advanced and Sport. The shock absorbers adapt to the terrain conditions and desires of the driver.
We at Maxi Test have always had a soft spot in our hearts for Volvo interiors. Refined, modern, warm, spacious and luxurious it is always a pleasure to get stuck in. the seats are very clever and as comfortable as it gets.
Volvo doesn’t cheap out when it comes to the materials, the leather is class and finish quality doesn’t get much better than this. They’ve also put a lot of thought into the ergonomics, only the GPS seems just a bit out dated. There is 480 cubic litres of storage space in the boot and the rear bench can be separated in three elements.
When it comes to handling Volvo has nothing to prove …For some ten years now, the Swedish carmaker has been a leader in the domain and the XC60 is the latest rolling example of this expertise. There’s little chassis roll, the brakes are solid, the steering is precise and the manual gearbox is evenly staged. You feel right at home and in total safety aboard.
And while were on the subject, safety is Volvo’s trademark. The XC60 comes with a new anti-collision system. While driving around town or in traffic it helps out in avoiding any and all contact by automatically applying the brakes at speed up to 30km/h.