Beware Audi Q5 and BMW X3, Volvo’s new XC60 SUV is gunning for your crowns. This new five-seat 4x4 is the latest addition to the Swedish brand’s luxury SUV line-up, snuggling in just beneath the larger XC90.
Yet, despite sharing its bigger stable-mate’s platform, the new XC60 is very much its own car. All XC60 models come as standard with for-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic gearbox: Think evolution instead of revolution.
Available to order now, the first XC60s are scheduled to roll off the production line and onto their eager owners’ driveways in the third quarter of 2017. So what can the XC60 buyers expect?
Great engines for a start. Volvo’s range of reliable, economical and high-performing diesel engines include the 187bhp D4, giving 55.4mpg and 133g/km CO2, and the more muscular 232bhp D5 PowerPulse, delivering 51.4mpg and emissions of 144g/km CO2.
If performance floats your boat more than economy, Volvo’s 251bhp T5 petrol engine should set your heart racing. Oh, and there’s also Volvo’s flagship T8 twin-engine plug-in 407hp Hybrid, capable of reaching 0-62mph in a lip-curling 5.3 seconds.
Volvo luxury and outstanding safety features
So that’s what you can expect to find lurking beneath the bonnet. What about inside the cabin?
As ever, you can expect Volvo’s typically luxurious feel. The new XC60 borrows many design favourites from larger, premium models, including a heated steering wheel, active bending headlights and Volvo On-Call service as standard. Plus, with three levels of trim to choose from – Momentum, Inscription and the sporty R-Design – there’s plenty of scope to crank up the luxury and the in-car gadgets.
This is Volvo remember, so the XC60 comes fitted with an entire smorgasbord of innovative safety features. This includes the City Safety suite that comes with Rear cross-traffic alert, and Steer Assist, a system designed to help steer you away from a potential low-speed collision. This is in addition to the Pilot Assist option; Volvo’s semi-autonomous (yep, self-driving) mode that uses sophisticated cruise-control technology to safely follow a vehicle in front at speeds of up to 80mph.
Innovative package of in-car tech and the latest gadgets
Other toys include a 9.0-inch touchscreen and 12.3-inch digital dial display (choose an optional SIM card data package and you can browse the internet), plus SatNav as standard, twin-zone climate control, heated front seats, leather upholstery and more. You can also choose from additional options, such as Apple CarPlay and Andoid Auto smartphone integration systems, a panoramic glass sunroof, 360-degree camera and automatic parking system.
What’s more, thanks to a significantly longer wheelbase, your back seat passengers will have significantly more legroom. Really push the boat out and you can have lights in the rear foot wells too.
It isn’t just inside the cabin where Volvo’s XC60 excels. The styling follows the themes already introduced by the SC90, S90 and V90 models, with the car’s body catching the eye with smooth lines formed by gentle silhouettes and lower length flourishes. As you’d expect, there’s also the broad Volvo grille and signature ‘Thor’s Hammer’ sideways-T headlights.
Available to order now – delivery mid 2017
Volvo’s XC60 will be delivered in the third quarter of 2017 and orders are already been taken for what is destined to be a sought after SUV at our specialist Volvo dealerships in Chesterfield, Grimsby and Lincoln.