ACURA Sport Car | Volvo XC60


Volvo is on a roll. In the final dyad of years the Swedish motorcar maker has launched the acclaimed XC90, S90 as well as V90, piece smaller models are inward development.
Add to that its headline-grabbing annunciation to solely sell electrical or hybrid cars from 2019 as well as yous postulate keep a build inward the ascendancy.
We’ve simply tested the latest motorcar to bring together the Volvo stable – the second-generation XC60 SUV.
The outgoing XC60 has grown inward sales for every twelvemonth it has been inward showrooms since its arrival inward 2008 as well as straight off accounts for a tertiary of Volvo’s global sales.

The interrogation is – tin the novel model likewise claim to move the best-selling premium medium-sized SUV inward Europe? Is it expert plenty to seriously problem its rivals which include the Land Rover Discovery Sport, Jaguar F-Pace, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Lexus NX as well as Audi Q5?
Longer, wider as well as lower than its predecessor, the novel XC60 is clearly an evolution alongside to a greater extent than than a hint of the XC90. However, it is much easier on the oculus than the outgoing model, benefiting from a smoother, better-proportioned shape.
It likewise sports Volvo’s novel signature forepart end, induce seen on the XC90, consummate alongside ‘”Thor’s hammer” LED headlights.
Under the bonnet there’s a selection of 2 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel fuel engines, a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol unit, summation a petrol-electric plug-in hybrid.

Unusually, all models are four-wheel crusade paired alongside an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
I tested the 2 diesels which are expected to move the biggest sellers. The 190bhp D4 is expert for 55.4mpg alongside CO2 emissions of 133g/km, piece the to a greater extent than powerful 235bhp D5 PowerPulse tin supply upwards to 51.4mpg, alongside CO2 emissions of 144g/km. If my experience is anything to become by, I suspect existent earth economic scheme may move closer to 40mpg.
The D5 is slightly swifter to 62mph (6.8s vs 8.4s) alongside a transcend speed of 137mph – 10mph faster than the D4 – as well as is the best choice, peculiarly if yous role your Volvo for towing.
Both engines are refined, unless actually pushed, as well as piece the extra ability inward the to a greater extent than responsive D5 PowerPulse is noticeable, the D4 has plenty grunt for most.

Stepping into the XC60 is similar a breath of fresh air – literally. The novel CleanZone four-zone climate command organization removes harmful pollutants as well as particles from exterior the cabin, sucking inward Scandinavian-fresh air on the inside.
You tin likewise become for the Scandi interior aspect alongside panoramic sunroof, blond Nappa soft leather seats as well as steering wheel, summation driftwood trim back on the dashboard.
Quality materials are used throughout, piece the add-on of the 9-inch portrait-shaped Sensus infotainment concealment has enabled Volvo’s designers to give the dashboard a to a greater extent than minimalist feel.
Virtually everything is controlled via the slick touchscreen which allows yous to swipe, tap as well as pinch your agency through diverse menus, piece upwards ahead there’s likewise a digital driver’s display as well as a head-up display (HUD) showing everything from speed information to navigation. The HUD plant well, fifty-fifty it’s simply a piddling on the pocket-size side.

Elsewhere within the cabin, it’s roomy alongside plenty of infinite upwards forepart as well as behind, though the middle bring upwards topographic point is on the theater side. Combined alongside a polish ride, it makes for an extremely comfortable all-round experience.
There are iii trim back levels – Momentum, R-Design as well as Inscription – summation a Pro version of each, adding diverse optional extras, but frankly the basic Momentum is really good equipped. Highlights include LED headlights alongside active high beam, two-zone climate control, heated forepart seats, a powered tailgate as well as 18” alloy wheels.
Priced from £37,205, the XC60 is definitely a premium offering, but become steady alongside the trim back selection as well as optional extras or you’ll terminate upwards alongside piddling alter from £50,000.
Needless to say, the XC60 is likewise loaded alongside security tech as well as boasts a maximum 5-star Euro NCAP crash security testing.

Volvo’s City Safety organization is fitted every bit standard. It includes automatic emergency braking (AEB) alongside pedestrian, cyclist as well as large animate beingness detection, summation the world-first application of Steer Assist which helps to avoid or throttle the severity of collisions at depression speeds past times assisting alongside the steering inward an emergency past times swerving to avoid an obstacle.
There’s likewise Oncoming Lane Mitigation, which senses a head-on collision as well as uses steering assistance to guide yous dorsum into your lane, summation Blind Spot Information alongside Steer Assist which automatically steers yous dorsum into your problem as well as away from vehicles inward your blind spot.
Pilot Assist, a measuring towards autonomous driving, is likewise available every bit an option. It allows yous to postulate keep your hands off the bike for express periods, assisting alongside the steering to continue the motorcar within lane markings as well as at the desired cruising speed or distance from whatever vehicle inward front.
So what’s it similar to drive? Well, the XC60 is definitely to a greater extent than agile than its predecessor. Set upwards to move comfortable rather than sporty, torso gyre is notwithstanding good controlled as well as there’s cracking traction, cheers to AWD. The automatic gearbox is polish as well as seems good matched.

If you’re later a to a greater extent than engaging experience, yous tin e'er painting the crusade agency to Dynamic as well as role the steering bike paddle shifters, but you’ll postulate keep to hold off for the upcoming Polestar functioning versions if yous wishing to larn closer to the class-leading dynamism of the Porsche Macan.
We didn’t larn to exam the XC60 off-road, but to move fair, Volvo isn’t marketed the the motorcar every bit a hardcore all-terrain car. You tin move certain that AWD volition move plenty to give yous a piddling to a greater extent than peace of heed inward challenging conditions conditions.
Special quest the optional Bowers as well as Wilkins audio system, which features xv speakers as well as a full output of 1,100W, as well as includes an awesome “concert hall” setting (especially expert for classic music as well as ‘live’ performances), summation a novel lower door/sill pattern which seems to eradicate the former SUV upshot of mud on the dorsum of your legs when exiting.


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