The first phase of Volvo’s new product offensive began with the new XC90 followed by S90 and V90 and with the new Volvo XC60, the company has kicked off phase two. Volvo XC60 is an important product in the Swedish automaker’s portfolio, representing 30 per cent of total sales. It has been a great success in its first generation and has sold over one million units in the nine years of its existence. The new second generation XC60 is the first product to come out of the compact version of Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), upon which the new XC90 and S90 are based on.
The new gen XC60 embodies the latest Volvo design language and still connects to the outgoing XC60. There’s the signature Thor hammer daytime running lights, XC90 inspired face while the tail lamps take after the new V90. To the rear, the C-pillar’s silhouette reminds you of the older XC60 and that’s good. The overall proportion (the new XC60 is shorter, longer and wider than its predecessor) is good and makes the XC60 a great-looking crossover.
Inside again, the dashboard is a reflection of the new Volvos with the new steering wheel and vertical infotainment system in the middle. The design is elegant and will still be fresh few years down the line. Materials used are top notch with a mix of colours and textures highlighting the quality and design of the interiors. The seats are covered in perforated Nappa leather and have good support despite their slim profile with the front seats getting ventilation and massage features. The seats of the XC60 also come with orthopaedic certification. The instrument cluster is a 12.3-inch digital display, and along with the nine-inch portrait infotainment system, has good resolution and adds the modern quotient to the equation. Other features of the new XC90 include heads up display, Bowers and Wilkins sound system, 360 degree camera, semi-automatic parking, panoramic sunroof, blind spot assists, lane departure warning and more.
The new Volvo XC60 will be available in only one engine option—2.0-litre diesel engine. But Volvo has brought the engine in its more powerful tune with 235 hp and 480 Nm of torque, giving the XC60 the power edge over its competition. Mated to an eight speed automatic transmission, the 235 horses are sent to all four wheels. The engine is a well-refined unit and Volvo has worked to great lengths in controlling the NVH levels creeping in, resulting in a silent cabin. The power delivery is strong all through the range and especially the mid-range is very powerful. Step on the accelerator and the engine feels eager to go with the power seamlessly transferred through the gearbox.
The XC60 comes fitted with air suspension on all four corners as standard and the suspension adjusts itself higher or lower according to the driving modes. The suspension soaks up the bumps good enough for a settled ride and the XC60 behaves like you want it to be. The steering is light and adds weight and feedback as the speeds rise. With suspension at its fullest extension, the ground clearance measures at 223 mm and along with the all-wheel drive, the XC60 should be ready for soft off-roading.
The new XC60 acts as a great start for the next line-up of cars in the compact SPA range. It looks great, feels good inside and drives enough to satisfy a wide range of customers. For the great balance it strikes between performance, character, comfort and safety, the new Volvo XC60 could be the best all-rounder in the mid-size luxury SUV segment.