Review: Volvo XC60 (2017)
Very comfortable and refined on the move. High quality well designed interior. Strong performance from all engines. Great seats for long distances.
Not quite as sharp to drive as its rivals. Has one of the smallest boots in its class.
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Volvo XC60 (2017): At A Glance
- New prices start from £37,900, brokers can source from £32,350
- Contract hire deals from £327.66 per month
- Insurance Group 28
- On average it achieves 73% of the official MPG figure
The Volvo XC60 provides a refreshing and luxurious alternative to the current crop of driver and performance-focused SUVs, like the Jaguar F-Pace and Porsche Macan. Admittedly, the second-generation XC60 is not the most dynamic of things to drive, but for what it lacks in handling it more than makes up for in comfort and refinement.
Like its predecessor, the Volvo XC60 is aimed at family car buyers, with a spacious interior, low fuel costs and lots of safety kit as standard. Volvo has pledged that, by 2020, no one will be killed or seriously injured by one of their new cars and the XC60 is a clear sign of these words in action.
All XC60 models gets automatic city braking with pedestrian (and animal) recognition. This means it scans the road ahead and will automatically apply the brakes or help the driver steer around an obstacle in an emergency situation.
The engine line-up features two diesels, one petrol and a plug-in petrol hybrid. Most XC60 buyers will opt for the excellent 190PS D4 diesel. And with good reason, it’s refined, powerful and efficient. Officially it will return 55.4mpg and 133g/km of CO2.
Those worried about the impact that diesels have on the environment can opt for the 254PS T5 petrol, with 39.2mpg and 164g/km of CO2. The 407PS T8 plug-in hybrid is the most powerful option in the XC60 range, but it will be a niche choice for private buyers owing to its high list price. For company car drivers, however, it’ll make more financial sense with its low BIK rate, 49g/km of CO2 and claimed 134.5mpg.
Comfort and refinement are the XC60's strong suit. Its excellent ride quality backed-up by a luxurious and refined interior that is more than a match for anything from the competition. The suspension set-up is carried over from Volvo's 90 range and provides one of the best ride qualities of any car in its class. Even the diesels, under hard acceleration, struggle past a muted rumble, which means the XC60 is well-suited for long drives.
The only slight issue we have with the XC60 is its shallow boot, which is one of the smallest of any mid-sized SUV. The price for the entry-level models is also higher than the outgoing XC60, but it's clear to see where the investment has gone. If you value comfort and luxury over razor sharp handling and performance, then the XC60 will make a fine choice as your next family car.
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Volvo XC60 (2017): What's It Like Inside?
Like the XC90, the interior of the XC60 is comfortable and spacious. It will easily cope with four adults, thanks to the abundance of head and legroom at the back. The cabin is also filled with high quality materials, while the overall build quality is first class, with no worrying creaks or squeaks from the plastics. This gives reassurance that everything has been bolted together with purpose.
All models get leather seats, with electric controls for height and lumbar adjustment in the front. Heated front seats are also standard across the range, along with central pillar-mounted ventilation for those in the back.
Head and legroom will seldom be an issue in the XC60 and the rear seats will easily accommodate two large adults, with room to spare for an equally large or tall driver to get comfortable in the front.
A powered tailgate is standard fit and provides simple access to the boot, with a click of a button. However the XC60 doesn't have as much storage space as its rivals with the shallow boot offering just 505 litres. This means it fills up surprisingly quickly when the load cover is in place. In comparison, the Land Rover Discovery Sport will provide 689 litres while the Audi Q5 has 550 litres.
As with the latest crop of Volvo cars, the XC60 features a minimalist dashboard with the highlight being the eye-catching tablet touchscreen. The TFD display is bright and straightforward to use, although the myriad of sub-menus can be a little confusing at first.
However, while its high-tech nature will undoubtedly impress passengers, the screen can become a little bit of a distraction, with the driver needing to take their eyes off the road to change something as simple as the ventilation.
Voice activation controls – for heating and audio – are included, however, which allows the driver to adjust the ventilation or temperature by telling the system to increase the heat or air con. Sensus Connect, which provides access to a range of apps, like the digital music service Spotify is also fitted, but can equally distract. Ambient interior lighting and massaging front seats are also available to those with a penchant for extras.
As you'd expect from Volvo, safety has been comprehensively addressed, with all cars getting a whiplash protection system that's built into the front seats to prevent spinal injuries. Pretensioners are also fitted to the belts in the back and all XC60s get Volvo's run-off road protection system, which automatically tightens the belts to cushion the impact should the vehicle leaving the road.
Standard equipment (July 2017):
Momentum gets eight speed automatic transmission with sport mode and manual change functions, all-wheel drive, height and reach adjustable steering column, cruise control, hill start assist, LED headlights, automatic windscreen wipers, power operated tailgate, roof rails, chrome twin exhaust pipes, 18-inch 5 Y-Spoke alloy wheels with 235/60 tyres, 2-Zone electronic climate control with 'CleanZone' air quality system and pollen filter, automatic load cover, underfloor cargo storage, 12v Socket - front and rear, city safety with steer assist, oncoming lane mitigation, first aid kit, nine-inch centre console touchscreen, voice activated control for key functions, DAB radio, Bluetooth handsfree phone connectivity.
In addition to Momentum specification, the R-Design model benefits from the following; contour sports seats with leather/Nubuck upholstery, front seat cushion extensions, high gloss black steering wheel remote infotainment controls, 12.3-inch Active TFT crystal driver's information display, metal mesh Inlays, front LED foglights (n/a T8 Twin Engine), dual integrated exhaust pipes with high gloss black surround silver matt door mirrors and window surround, perforated leather key integrated remote, 19-inch 5 double spoke alloy wheels with 235/55 tyres, black headlining, perforated leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles perforated leather gear knob (n/a T8 Twin Engine), sports floor mats, sports pedals, dark tinted windows - rear side windows and cargo area R-Design tread plates.
In addition to Momentum specification, the Inscription model benefits from the following; Nappa soft leather perforated and ventilated upholstery, power driver and passenger seat with memory for seats and exterior mirrors, 12.3-inch active TFT crystal driver's information display, front LED foglights (n/a T8 Twin Engine), drift wood inlays, high gloss black front grille with chrome inserts, power front seat cushion extensions and side support, chrome lower side mouldings with Inscription Logo, colour coordinated Nappa leather key integrated remote, 19-inch 10 spoke alloy wheels with 235/55 tyres, chrome window surround, front and rear door pocket and front cupholder illumination high gloss black steering wheel remote infotainment controls tailgate illumination, rear footwell and side step illumination, chrome deco lower front bumper, dual integrated exhaust pipes, multicolour theatre lighting, ambient door and instrument panel lighting.
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What's the Volvo XC60 (2017) like to drive?
The XC60 wafts along with the air and grace of a luxury saloon, while the raised driving position provides a commanding view of the road that makes it easy to navigate this 2.1 metre wide SUV though narrow B roads or multi-storey car parks.
Admittedly, the steering doesn't boast much in the way of feel, but despite its numb nature it remains light and accurate, with compliant turns that will allow the car to complete a u-turn in just 11.4 metres.
As long as you avoid the largest wheel options (20-inch) the XC60 is comfortable, with the suspension soaking all but the most violent of pot hole-related jolts.
Every XC60 gets all-wheel drive as standard and this means the 1800kg SUV can carry itself through demanding turns without any sign of scruffiness in the handling department. Those wanting limo-like comfort can fit air suspension, as an optional extra, with a soft cushioned ride that will match that of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
The 2.0-litre four-cylinder engines are split across two diesels - D4 and D5 – and a single T5 petrol. There is also a T8 petrol plug-in hybrid, aimed at company car drivers and enthusiasts alike with 407PS and 49g/km of CO2 emissions.
Most people will choose diesel, in the form of the 190PS D4. The four-cylinder diesel is quiet, powerful and efficient, with a claimed 55.4mpg and 133g/km of CO2. Even under heavy acceleration on a chilly morning, the D4 rarely emits more than a dull rumble, while its 2.4 tonne towing limit will make it a popular choice with caravan owners.
The potent 235PS D5 is more expensive (and a bit better) than the D4, but we're not sure it justifies the extra money. It features PowerPulse which injects air into the engine to reduce turbo lag, and increases torque to 480Nm, while lowering the advertised economy to 51.4mpg. However, given the impressive nature of the T4, there's no real need to spend the extra.
The T5 petrol is as impressive as any of the diesels, with smooth acceleration and low levels of noise and vibration, but will prove thirsty with the official figures claiming 39.2mpg. Expect much lower in the real world. Like the D4 and D5, the T5 is linked to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
The T8 plug-in hybrid provides sports car performance and affordable company car costs, with a low BIK rate and an official 134.5mpg (again - don't actually expect this). The T8 works by combining a 320PS petrol engine with a 87PS electric motor. As well as covering 38 miles on electric power, the T8 will cover 0-62mph in 5.3 seconds.
|B4 Automatic AWD||-||-||139–145 g/km|
|B5 Automatic AWD||-||-||139–145 g/km|
|D4 Automatic||49–51 mpg||8.4 s||129–136 g/km|
|D4 AWD||51–53 mpg||8.4–8.8 s||131–139 g/km|
|D5 Automatic||47–49 mpg||7.2 s||144 g/km|
|T5 Automatic||39 mpg||6.8 s||165–169 g/km|
|T5 Automatic AWD||37–39 mpg||6.8 s||169 g/km|
|T6 Automatic AWD||-||-||174–181 g/km|
|T8 Automatic AWD||-||5.5 s||50–52 g/km|
|T8 AWD||-||5.3–5.5 s||49–55 g/km|
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