Volvo XC60 Hatchback First Drive & Gearbox

Volvo XC60 Overview

Luxury cars aren’t just about being luxurious, but even style, premium-ness and exclusive. The niche-ness does exist. Buyers have been looking at the three Germans and the British marquee JLR off lately. There has been one brand that has been steadily growing and is happy to be niche at the moment. Its the Scandinavian brand Volvo. A company that went through its hardship of financial crisis at the global level. Then it revived itself with the XC90, then the S90 and the V90. Now it is the XC60. The new-generation that has evolved, and gets a new platform. The previous XC60 contributed to about 30% of their sales. Now, it is new-generation that will boost the numbers. Book a test drive for XC60 in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.

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Volvo XC60 Exteriors

But first, let’s take some time to admire the finer details. This Volvo no longer has the pointy nose of the previous generation. Instead, it gets the new-age Volvo grill which is flanked by sleek headlamps featuring the ‘Thor’s Hammer’ LED DRLs, which extends right till the grille itself. A new touch here is that the bumper features sharper creases towards the end, which add some drama to the front profile. The cornering fog lamps are neatly tucked under the lower lip. This combined with the active bending headlights light up corners while turning at night

Move to the side a bit and you realise that while the new design is sharper, it’s still the subtlety of the XC60 that makes it look beautiful. The window line now kinks up at the back, making way for a more angular C-pillar. But the body crease still flows straight and goes right into the taillamps. Viewed from the side, the best features though are the 19-inch 10-spoke wheels with their low-ish profile 235/55 size tyres. The tyres used in the XC60 are made by Michelin especially for Volvo, with the addition of a grippier compound to make the car accelerate faster and stop in a lower distance.

Get behind the SUV and the vertically oriented taillamps take you back to the older generation. But, this time around, the units flow into the boot gate. These feature an LED border which adds quite a modern touch. But still, the rear looks typically Volvo — simple, sober and a tad boring. Also, the new XC60 is 44mm longer, 11mm wider and 14mm shorter than the last gen, giving it a squatter stance. This helps the front of the car make a strong impression and gives this SUV an impressive presence. But, as you move to the back, it starts to fade away, just a bit.

Volvo XC60 Interiors

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

A 2.0-litre diesel engine that churns about 235bhp of power, a lot more than the other German diesels, and it comes mated to an eight-speed AISIN transmission. This is a self-shifting gearbox and it seems that Volvo hasn’t just offered the best-in-class power but even something close to the V6 offered by competition. The engine is absolutely silent and buyers will not realise its a diesel engine underneath. Twist the start button and the oil burner cranks to life without too much melodrama. The engine is responsive from the word go and it does make it easy to manoeuvre in the city. Overtaking is a breeze and this is a cruiser. It doesn’t make you want to push. There is no spool from the turbo making it a relaxed drive. The turbocharger kick-in is very linear. Change the mode by rolling to a different mode. Check for Volvo XC60 in msresearch.in

Before we get to the driving dynamics, there is more to the safety and riving assistance offered on the XC60. This is important as none of the competing products offer this and the XC60 has a long list of them. IntelliSafe technologies help protect not only the people inside the car but also consider people on the outside, for example technology that helps you to detect pedestrians and cyclists. When you drive at speeds up to 50 km/h, our City Safety collision avoidance technology looks ahead of you and brakes automatically if you are about to run into a vehicle in front.

Our IntelliSafe technologies like Electronic Stability Control add to reassuring driving stability in all conditions without sacrificing the joy of driving. The new XC60 gets Steer Assist, which has been added to the ground-breaking City Safety system. A new safety system called Oncoming Lane Mitigation uses steer assist to help mitigate head-on collisions, while Volvo’s Blind Spot Indication System (BLIS) now uses Steer Assist functionality to reduce the risk of lane-changing collisions. These system enabled by radar helps the driver arrive refreshed.

Volvo XC60 Driving

The XC60’s air suspension is an absolute delight. In Dynamic mode, it stiffens up and the car remains very stable at high speeds. On broken roads though, this setting lets you feel the unevenness of the road surface in the cabin. But, in the city, switch to Comfort and the the ride becomes plush. The SUV starts to glide over broken roads or speed breakers. This does make the ride a little bouncy. There’s not much vertical movement in the body, but a bit of side to side movement over potholes is felt.

Out on the highways, it’s better to stay put in Dynamic mode, or at least that setting of the suspension as it restricts body roll and keeps the SUV planted to the ground. Off-road mode lifts the car up by 50mm to help it tackle obstacles. The max clearance of the XC60 is rated at 223mm, which is impressive, but even with AWD, our little experience says it’s better suited for tarmac. The steering feels quite light in the city, especially in the Comfort mode, but gains weight proportionally as the speeds increase. Feedback from the tyres is not all that great but given that it is a luxury SUV, we have no real complaints here. There’s also strong but predictable stopping power available with the 100-0kmph panic brake test executed in 38.02 metres.

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 Cost in Chennai

Volvo Xc60 On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 53,53,287 to 61,27,298 for variants XC60 Inscription and XC60 Inscription respectively. Volvo Xc60 is available in 1 variants and 4 colours. Below are details of Volvo Xc60 variants price in Chennai.Check for XC60 price in Chennai at Carzprice.

Volvo XC60 Conclusion

Moving on to the pricing, at Rs 55.90 lakhs (ex-showroom) Volvo has awestruck crossover buyers. It has been priced aggressively, despite of it being a complete body unit (CBU) import. The pricing is highly competitive and the features are the best in class. Wondering why you need any other SUV in this price point unless it is a 4×4. What goes missing on this SUV is the service network and the brand name that the three German enjoy. Else, the Volvo is a best offering in this segment at the moment. They had done this with the XC90 with the first-gen and the new XC60 promises to fulfil in this segment too.

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