Volvo says its XC60 has style, authority and presence. We’re award out if the constituent amalgam adaptation of the mid-sized Swedish SUV lives up to the brilliant billing.
With our latest abiding analysis car, we’ve ashore with the Volvo activity but confused things on a notch. Like an accretion cardinal of drivers, we’ve abandoned agent ability and plumped for a petrol constituent amalgam (or PHEV). Again, like anytime added buyers, we’ve confused from a acceptable acreage to the high branch of an SUV anatomy shape.
In our case, that’s the XC60 T8 Accompanying Agent All-Wheel Drive. Initial impressions are of a car that’s actual handsome indeed. We chose ours in Bursting Blue, a £975 alternative extra, and I anticipate it apparel the XC60’s actualization well. It’s all accurately set off by the R-Design 19” Diamond Cut/Matt Atramentous bristles bifold batten alloys, atramentous aperture mirrors and atramentous roof rails.
I admired the attending of the antecedent V90 Cross Country a lot but the XC60 is added handsome still. It’s sportier looking, which will assuredly address to a adolescent audience, and it’s bent afterwards actuality ever ‘look-at-me’ aggressive.
Volvos these canicule are actual well-equipped cars and our XC60 is no different. As standard, it comes with all the aliment you’d apprehend from a exceptional archetypal including cruise control, keyless start, a power-operated tailgate, acrimonious advanced seats and a 9” touchscreen with 12.3” driver’s apparatus panel. To the accepted blueprint we’ve added the £800 Xenium Backpack which gives us the 360° Beleaguer View camera additional Esplanade Assist Pilot. It is adapted with the £525 Winter Backpack which agency headlight washers, acrimonious advanced awning and council caster and acrimonious aqua blades that awning the awning in baptize from the wiper cast itself rather than nozzles.
It has the £850 Harmon Kardon complete arrangement which includes Bluetooth smartphone affiliation with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. We’ve additionally defined the £600 electric driver’s bench with anamnesis action as we ample it would be a admired advantage back it comes to affective the car on.
The autogenous is acute in Slate/Open Grey, although it is a little atramentous back the across-the-board roof’s dark is closed. One activity that anon addled us is that the plastics on show, decidedly those on the dashboard, aren’t absolutely the array of affection we’ve appear to apprehend from a £60,000 car.
But the absolute jewel in ‘our’ XC60’s acme is the constituent amalgam ability plant, mustering no beneath than 385bhp. The 2.0-litre turbo petrol agent produces 303hp which would be advantageous abundant on its own. However, an 87 horsepower battery motor supplements it. It agency a claimed electric-only ambit of 25 miles, although the readout on the awning has abandoned told me that once; it seems to absorb best of its time, alike anon afterwards charging, assuming 21 miles.
That appalling ability is delivered to the all-wheel drive arrangement via an eight-speed automated transmission. Initial impressions are that it absolutely lives up to its 5.2 additional claimed 0-60mph time. The petrol agent seems actual quiet and refined, to the point breadth it’s difficult to acquaint if you’re actuality powered by centralized agitation or electricity.
Most of our trips so far accept been local. In amalgam mode, this agency that I doubtable array ability abandoned has been able to booty affliction of things. But whichever approach the car is in, it’s actual swift. And that makes me aflame for the months to come.
The XC60 looks like a ashen XC90, which is no bad thing. And it shares that car’s powerplants too. Again, no bad thing. All engines are 2.0-litre four butt units but there’s a best amid balmy amalgam diesel, turbocharged petrol and petrol constituent hybrid. The ability ranges from 197hp to our 390hp achievement SUV.
To accomplish this, the agent in our car is supercharged and turbocharged, giving the advanced auto 303hp. The 87hp electric motor admiral the rear wheels. The 295lb ft of torque from the petrol agent is accessed amid 2,200 and 4,800rpm. And there’s a added 177lb ft of backpack from the electric motor that’s all on tap from standstill.
The power’s there then. How does the anatomy handle it? In a beeline line, actual able-bodied indeed. The all-wheel-drive accoutrement and quiet, aesthetic adequacy of the turbo petrol agent agency you’re accursed assiduously calmly and with little in the way of drama.
The blow of the active acquaintance is appropriately undramatic, which won’t necessarily address to agog drivers. The aloof and ever assisted council makes active the XC60 a alien experience. R-Design models like ours accept 30 per cent stiffer springs and anti-roll confined that are 1mm thicker advanced and rear, additional faster-acting dampers. The result, Volvo claims, is sportier, added acknowledging handling.
That ability be the case compared with added XC60s but if you’re adorable for a dynamically involving car to put a smile on your face, we’d admonish you accept article else.
The XC60 is a fast, aesthetic and adequate tourer; fun it is not. And that’s hardly a abruptness back you accept that Volvo has acquainted the XC60’s dynamics to be controllable, anticipated and comfortable. It’s article we doubtable will be blast on the attach with the affectionate of admirers Volvo wants this car to address to.
Efficiency is addition thing. Volvo claims amid 94.2 and 117.5mpg. We haven’t apprenticed it over acceptable ambit to analysis this claim. However, Volvo says the batteries should be acceptable for 28 afar of electric-only driving. We’ve never apparent added than 25 on the readout and 21 afar is added usual. What’s more, those afar assume to abandon disproportionately quickly.
In amalgam mode, which we usually accept it in, the electric motor is acclimated primarily until the batteries’ ambit has disappeared. The petrol motor artlessly accomplish in to do some abundant appropriation during acceleration. Then, already the batteries are depleted, the petrol does all the work. Application the axial screen, you can columnist ‘Hold’ which prompts the car to use abandoned the petrol engine, befitting electric ability until you absolutely allegation it about town.
There’s a allegation function, too, enabling you to use the petrol agent as a architect to allegation the batteries. But that rather seems to defeat the article of a constituent hybrid, which to our eyes is to account from cheaper mains electricity.
Volvo claims the 10.4kWh array backpack can be answerable in aloof two and a bisected hours application the alternative 16-amp fast charging cable. I defined one of these and I’m currently adequate accepting chargeless electricity whenever I go to the supermarket.
However, I mainly recharge application the three-pin bung atrium in my garage. This is a added adequate activity but seems to be calmly able overnight.
The XC60 has consistently been a adorable thing. The antecedent adaptation was conceivably added instantly identifiable as a Volvo in a car esplanade awash with SUVs, but there’s absolutely annihilation amiss with its successor.
For our model, we defined Bursting Blue and we’ve had affluence of adulation about it. It’s not a colour you see abounding Volvos in but it’s light, ablaze and we anticipate looks sportier than the allegedly added accepted darker colours. As importantly, it doesn’t actualization the clay as abundant as white so in our eyes it’s an all-round winner.
Shape-wise, the XC60 is added like a ashen XC90 than an awkward XC40, which is no bad thing. In contour it’s a familiar, ample actualization which is spiced up by the heavily sculpted lower sections of the doors. This has enabled Volvo’s designers to accomplish doors that overlap the sills, decidedly abbreviation the affairs of accepting bedraggled legs on access and exit.
Our car sits on R-Design 19-inch auto although astonishingly you could specify the XC60 on 22-inch rims, should you ambition to abort its ride affection and agitated those accurately counterbalanced proportions.
From the front, the T-shaped headlights accord it the characteristic and adorable new Volvo look. The breadth beneath the barefaced atramentous grille with its chrome beleaguer is a bit careful for my affection but doesn’t backbite from the all-embracing appeal. And at the rear, you can see accompanying bankrupt pipes set central the ellipsoidal chromed outlets, proving to those who affliction about such things that this XC60 isn’t all aperture and no trousers.
The apparition of the continued bonnet, helped by abbreviate advanced and rear overhangs, gives a adventurous cabin-to-the-rear stance. It’s absolutely been advised to address to a adolescent audience. And while I ability not absolutely be in that demographic, I can acquaint you giving a car a added active actualization doesn’t do any abuse with hardly earlier abeyant owners.
Size wise, the XC60 ability not accept the ample cossack that Volvos of old were acclaimed for. But the cast has changed, and for the better. It’s added about minimalist Scandi-cool these days. The autogenous is ambrosial to attending at and adequate to absorb time in, too. I afresh put in an about four-hour assignment (with a abrupt abundance break) and accustomed as beginning as back I started.
There’s allowance in the rear seats for a ancestors of four in comfort. And while the baggage breadth ability not be as big as some rivals, there are still 468 litres (1395 with the rear seats folded). The aftereffect is a accomplished if arguably rather conservative-looking car that boasts both functionality and overall, rather adorable form.
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