Sleek, elegant, chic and sporty are usually not phrases you could usually associate which has a 4×4 – therefore you’d be incredibly unlikely to utilize them all at when to describe the same 4×4. That is certainly till the advent of Volvo’s XC60.

Since bringing the utilitarian away-roader to the family members leisure market place, car or truck makers have striven to fashion it and tailor it to offer you the broadest appeal, with varying degrees of good results. Some try out a 4×4/MPV cross, even though other folks go for the more laid-back SUV image. There is even been an try by a premium auto maker at seeking to turn its massive SUV right into a sleek sports coupe, with notably unsleek, nay, grotesque, success!

Unlike a lot of SUVs, Volvo’s XC60 manages to retain, and also increase, the svelte traces and subtle contours of its additional lightweight saloon and est brethren. In fact, should you lowered an XC60 to generate it adopt a road-hugging stance, it would doubtless seem being a fairly rakish sports estate. Volvo telephone calls it “psychological” styling.

Cabin Consolation

You wouldn’t accuse the XC60’s interior of being overdone. It’s contemporary, modem, stylish and, over all, uncomplicated. The all-anthracite lower-half trim of our test instance may possibly seem to be dull and oppressive in some vehicles, but with minor extra to raise it than white contrast stitching and tastefully applied bright moldings, the Volvo manages an air of intelligent practicality. You’d assume practically nothing much less from Swedish style.

The focal stage is without the need of doubt Volvo’s now well acknowledged ‘floating’ middle console, within this instance possessing a bright metallic finish off. It presents an array of logically-arranged and obviously-marked controls – the individual’s-shaped air-distribution graphic becoming a selected circumstance in level – which grow to be nearly intuitive at first glance. Above this and the CD slot resides the clear sat-nav filter, slightly inset to lessen reflections from the window glass, and located for the identical plane because the instruments the place a rapid glance enables quick visual clarity devoid of refocusing.

Gauges – just the 2 – convey the essential details through annular analogue dials and (that phrase yet again) ‘floating’ pointers with electronic supplementary facts displayed in their centers. They have a chronographic glimpse to them, but Volvo has thankfully resisted the usually Far-Eastern vehicle suppliers’ pattern to decorate them with too much bling and fancy illumination.

In correct Volvo tradition, the seats are well-shaped, supportive and comfortable with individuals in the entrance providing a valuable variety of adjustment. The rear compartment boasts affordable if not commodious legroom, as well as the nicely contoured seat really should produce three typical-sized adults with cozy but relaxed vacation. The 40:20:40 split/fold seat offers a flat load floor as soon as the one particular-effect release levers are operated.

Zoned local weather handle offers a diploma (truly, quite a couple of degrees) of heating/cooling versatility and clean cabin air utilizing filtration and Volvo’s Thoroughly clean Zone Inside Package, an innovative air-purging system.

Driving Dynamics

Five-cylinder engines make a deal of feeling, getting as responsive like a ‘4’ still almost as smooth as a ‘six’, though the smoothness bit is significantly less obvious with an oil burner. When warmed up, although, the D5 can be a pleasant enough diesel, delivering brisk performance in concert with the smooth-shifting 6-pace Geartronic transmission, which also has Sport mode and manual override.

Acquiring originally believed the steering more than-weighted, a couple of miles afterwards it seemed to really feel quicker and more responsive. Velocity-dependent help is available as regular or an choice, relying on product, having a person-choice facility.

In usual circumstances the all-wheel generate technique is front-biased, with torque re-apportioned through the pc-controlled hydraulic clutch as accessible grip alters. Volvo’s Instantaneous Traction is designed to help with standing starts off. Journey is kind of business (probably because of to the BMW X3 currently being an XC60 benchmark) but offers auto-like cornering and dealing with, even though effectively-judged initial compliance normally requires the sting out of numerous highway imperfections.

The Volvo’s City Safety aids stay away from very low-pace accidents; Collision Warning with Car Brake and Adaptive Cruise Regulate with Distance Alert operate at greater speeds; BUS reveals your blind spots; DAC and LDW try to stop you falling asleep or straying out of lane; and IDIS delays cellphone telephone calls even though you handle complicated driving cases. These programs could be experienced as well as Volvo’s renowned safety design and engineering assisted by Roll Balance Manage, Hill Descent Regulate, Dynamic Balance and Traction Handle, and Trailer Stability Help. Oh, and there’s Park Assist…

Pulling Effectiveness

The Volvo’s 90kg nose bodyweight delivers an excellent margin to accommodate most appropriate caravans, and rectangular, straight-edged door mirrors provide a better platform than many for towing mirrors.

The XC60 proved for being brisk, turning in a very 0-60mph time of 14.5 seconds despite initial take-away from becoming softened by the automatic gearbox.. Hill starts ended up being equally as problems-cost-free. The outfit felt really unruffled in urban problems, maybe expected to the assurance of City Security, and having a 30-50mph time of six.1 sec was almost never in danger of keeping up other targeted visitors. Typical car mode coped very well, smoothly acquiring by itself from the correct gear on the right time.

The steering could occasionally come to feel a bit weighty in tight, twisty urban problems but improved at larger speeds to become smooth, responsive and accurate, the place the Volvo felt in complete manage via strings of minor-road bends. On steep descents manual gear selection may be valuable, but the robust brakes with their several driver- assistance programs supplied reassurance.

At motorway speeds the XC60 tracked straight and accurate, however using a quite windy test working day some buffeting was seasoned, as was some enforced deviation offline from large overtaking vehicles and coaches.

Journey consolation in all situations was company, nevertheless rarely uncomfortably so, and also the XC60 managed to damp out the caravan’s bump reactions quite competently above all however the worst ruts.

Verdict

Feel of this SUV as a tall, slinky, blonde Swede that’ll hardly ever use a blonde moment, nonetheless is very XC.

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