Volvo XC60 Hatchback First Drive & Performance

Volvo XC60 Overview

Volvo has been on a roll in India as far as products are concerned. The latest to join the bandwagon is the new second generation XC60. Now, we’ve already driven the car before but now we got our hands on one in India. The XC60 has been part of the Volvo fleet in India since 2011 and the second generation, brings with it a whole new look, feel and of course perspective. And it needed that badly considering the premium midsize SUV segment has just had some very interesting new entrants. The segment has recently seen the addition of the more affordable Jaguar F-Pace, and even Lexus’ NX 300h which will soon go on sale. Audi too is all set to bring in the Q5 next year and the new-gen X3 is all set to hit the Indian roads in the first half of 2018. So, there’s already a lot there and there’s a lot coming, which is why Volvo needed to get everything right with this one. So, has it? Book a test drive for Volvo Xc60 in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive

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Volvo XC60 Design & Style

It speaks the design language of its elders and though I’m not a big fan of the same-sausage-different-size philosophy, the elegance of Volvo’s new design is something that I would openly welcome on various body styles. Like the 90 branded range of Volvo’s, the XC60 too is built on the Scalable Product Architecture – a modular platform that allows Volvo’s engineers and designers to customize the dimensions of the car to suit various body-styles. The distance between the front axle and the dashboard remains unchanged on all SPA cars though and this works in the XC60’s favour by giving it proportions appropriate for a premium crossover. Compared to its highly successful predecessor, the new XC60 is 44mm longer, 11mm wider and 14mm shorter and the result is a crossover that has an athletic stance and looks very proportionate.

The Volvo XC60 does resemble the XC90 in many ways, but its smaller dimensions are evident even when it’s standing by itself. Another quick way of distinguishing the XC60 from the XC90 is the front face, where the Thor’s Hammer daytime running lights poke their way out to reach the grille. The headlight assembly is studded with adaptive LED headlamps and the rear is typical Volvo with the familiar design of the taillights.The side profile looks quite interesting too with the 19-inch wheels beefing up the stance. I particularly like the large doors which now extend all the way down to the floor and integrate the side skirting within the exterior door panel. This prevents your trousers from picking up stains during ingress or egress after an off-road session or a wet weather drive. Quite practical and thoughtful.

Volvo XC60 Cabin & Comfort

Inside, the layout is similar to other Volvos but that’s hardly a bad thing. It’s a fairly ergonomic setup, though, the central screen needs about 15 minutes to get accustomed to, but there’s certainly a good deal of grandeur. The trim quality is on par with the XC90’s, with a big highlight being the single panel driftwood dashboard finish. Certain plastic panels on the centre console and above the glovebox feel a tad industrial, but that’s forgivable. What’s also appreciable is the attention to detail, like the Swedish flag tags on the seats and the embossed one on the dashboard or the doors that extend almost all the the way to the undercarriage, so the side sills stay clean. No grime on your pants!

Nappa leather upholstery makes the cabin feel all the more snooty and they drape seats which have so many abilities that you’d imagine they came with cushioning and a curriculum vitae. They’re shaped to support even the most fast food inspired frames; both front seats are power adjustable with motorised underthigh cushions and memory. They’re heated and ventilated, and to top it off, they get spa quality massagers! Purely from the point of view of a commanding driving position, it’s a step down for someone upgrading from a Fortuner or Endeavour. Instead, it replaces intimidation with innovation. The 9-inch central touchscreen is the same unit as the XC90’s but gets revised software. As user interfaces go, this is quite an easy one, almost smartphone like, with only one physical key i.e. the home button. So if you have a kid, or are one at heart, here’s a new favourite toy.

However, using it on the move is no child’s play. With a tablet sized display, it’s hard to know what function is located where without taking your eyes off the road. Luckily, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, like every other feature on this car come as standard. And the USB ports are placed under the driver armrest, so even the rear occupants can connect their phone easily.The 15-speaker Bowers and Wilkins sound system is quite the audiophile tickler too with a special Concert Hall mode taking the surround sound experience to a whole new level.

Volvo XC60 Engine & Gearbox

Volvo decided to plonk a 2-litre diesel engine but it’s one with a higher state of tune – the D5. This one makes 233 bhp and 480 Nm of peak torque which gives it a heads-up over its rivals. It’s an all-wheel drive too and the 8-speed automatic transmission channels the power to all four wheels. There’s adequate torque available throughout the rev range and the mid-range is especially strong. It’s refined too and you really have to try to get your head around the fact that it’s a diesel engine under there. The NVH levels are so good that there’s hardly any engine noise that creeps into the cabin and if you’re not impressed by the mannerisms of the engine, well, the ride quality is well adjusted too.

The XC60 comes with four-corner air suspension as standard, and the damping characteristics can be adjusted too. You can raise and lower the suspension based on the driving modes and the way this one takes on those occasional potholes or the undulated roads left us impressed. We thought that the air suspension would lead to a floaty ride, but no, that’s well contained and the bumps are easily absorbed which makes it even more impressive.The XC60 is pretty agile too and high-speed stability is one of the crucial things that we have to commend Volvo for. The power provided to the wheels is seamless and you have to keep an eye on the instrument cluster, else, you’ll be breaking a few speed limits if you’re not careful. Sadly, we missed out on taking it off-road and we’d like to know more about how it stacks up to the wilderness with its 223mm of ground clearance; but that for another day.

Volvo XC60 Driving Dynamics

Volvo makes a case for itself once again. It’s agile, smooth, sophisticated and a treat to drive but then again only available with a diesel engine. While International markets get a plug-in hybrid and a petrol variant, India will have to wait for probably a tilt in balance in favour of these fuels. The folks at Volvo say that they’ll be ready when they see that there’s a scope for petrol and a plug-in hybrid variant and they won’t jump the gun. We expect the prices to be in the range of ₹ 55 lakh and that’s a price worth paying for a car that is in all probability the safest car on the roads.the Volvo XC60 will also be offered with air suspension on all four corners that enables the car to alter damping and ride height if needed. Our test car let us choose between Eco, Comfort, Off-road and Dynamic modes to alter the nature of the suspension and drivetrain. Surprisingly, the Individual mode to set suspension and drivetrain parameters separately, wasn’t available. That said, the preset settings work just fine. The XC60 is an easy driver when you want it to be and seems like it will deliver equally well when given the beans.

Volvo XC60 Safety & Security

If the list of safety features isn’t the juiciest part of the brochure, the car wouldn’t qualify as a Volvo. Appreciably, the carmaker hasn’t shied away from bringing in some of its best safety tech to the India-spec XC60 either. For a mid-level offering, the list is commendable and the most notable features and assistance systems are front, side and curtain airbags, collision mitigation support at the front and rear, emergency steering assist, lane keeping assist and emergency braking assist. The City Safety package, which uses most of these systems in its application, had debuted in India on the previous generation XC60. The new one takes its further by being active at city as well as highway speeds, making the new Volvo XC60 a safer package overall.

Volvo XC60 Price in Chennai

Volvo Xc60 Ex-Showroom Price in Chennai ranges from 52,99,500/- (XC60 Inscription) to 52,99,500/- (XC60 Inscription). Get best offers for Volvo Xc60 from Volvo Dealers in Chennai. Check for XC60 price in Chennai at Carzprice

Volvo XC60 Bottomline

The all-new XC60 is a very important car for Volvo India, since the last one accounted for 30 per cent of their sales. This new version is truly a step up in every manner and its package is strong enough to threaten every one of its segment rivals.The kind of equipment it offers is extensive, with several unique elements adding to the sense of exclusivity. However, if you want a sporty SUV, look elsewhere. If you want an off-roader, look elsewhere. But as far as midsize luxury SUVs go, there’s little other reason to ignore Volvo’s new XC. It does almost everything you’d need while not just aping its more established segment stablemates. And at a price of Rs 55.9 lakh (ex-showroom), it delivers good value, considering all that it offers as standard kit.

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