The new Volvo XC60 has rolled in the U.K., following its premiere at the Geneva Motor Show.
The XC60 is the first of Volvo’s mid-sized 60 series models to be built on its Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform. It is powered exclusively by Volvo’s efficient Drive-E powertrains, and features much of the advanced connectivity, entertainment and safety technology from the larger 90 series cars, the S90 premium saloon, V90 estate and XC90 SUV.
A choice of three 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engines will initially be available, the D4 and D5 PowerPulse diesels, and the T5 petrol. A T8 Twin Engine petrol-electric plug-in hybrid will be available later in the year.
Every XC60 comes with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard. The 235hp D5 powerplant benefits from PowerPulse, an ingenious Volvo invention that uses compressed air to spin the engine’s two turbos when they would otherwise be dormant, such as very low engine revs, boosting responsiveness. Meantime, the highest petrol engine range, the T5, offers up to 254 hp.
Every version of the XC60 is luxuriously equipped. As standard, even entry-level Momentum variants come with leather-faced upholstery, LED headlights with active high beam, two-zone climate control with ‘CleanZone’ air-filtration system, heated front seats, a powered tailgate and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system is also standard. This brings a 9-inch portrait-style touch screen, satellite navigation, including lifetime annual map updates and Real-Time Traffic Information (RTTI), and an intuitive voice-activation system. It even provides access to the internet and a range of apps.
Volvo’s City Safety system is fitted to every XC60. This includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian, cyclist and large animal detection, and the world-first application of Steer Assist. In addition, Pilot Assist, Volvo’s innovative semi-autonomous drive feature, is an optional extra on every XC60.
The dynamic R-Design version adds 19-inch alloy wheels, sports suspension, sports seats trimmed in leather and Nubuck, a high gloss black front grille, and silver matt and high gloss exterior detailing. Plus, the luxurious Inscription trim level gets Nappa soft leather upholstery and electrically adjustable ventilated front seats. It also has a different style of 19-inch wheels, chrome exterior details, and rear footwell and side step illumination.
Every version is also available in highly specified Pro form. Going for Momentum Pro brings powered front seats, a heated steering wheel and windscreen, active bending headlights with adaptive shadow technology, and Volvo On Call, Volvo’s ingenious connected smartphone app, which allows you to control various car functions remotely.
R-Design Pro benefits from all this, along with 21-inch alloy wheels and electronic air suspension and adaptive dampers, while Inscription Pro has 20-inch wheels, the upgraded suspension and a massage function for the front seats.
An optional Xenium package is available across the range and adds a powered tilt and slide panoramic glass sunroof, a 360o surround view parking camera system, and Park Assist Pilot, which includes automatic parallel and 90o parking.
Smartphone Integration is another option, and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Furthermore, a superb Bowers and Wilkins premium sound system is available. This uses the same advanced digital surround sound processing as in the 90 series cars, and features 15 speakers and a total output of 1,100W.
The Volvo XC60 comes with on-the-road prices starting at 37,205 pounds for the D4 AWD Momentum version.