Editor: Jason “The Bok” Date – 08 May 2019
Having already racked-up the very prestigious World Car of The Year for 2018, Volvo has given us the latest-generation XC60. If you feel like the XC90 may be that bit too big, and the new XC40 that bit too small for your needs, the all-new XC60 may just be the perfect fit.
Price: R812 150 (May 2019)
Engine: 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbodiesel
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Fuel economy: 7.7 L/100 km
Power/Torque: 173 kW/480 Nm
The Swedish Heart With an SUV Soul
Since Volvo gave us the latest incarnation of their XC90 model back in 2016, the brand has been on a driving force delivering one award-winning product after another. Not content with simply changing a few steps, Volvo is building vehicles which are re-writing the rule books and it is simply for this reason that the brand has become one of my all-time favourites.
So with this being said, let’s discuss the all-new XC60. From an exterior perspective, it features Volvo’s very distinct Thors Hammer style headlights and front-end. Elegant simplistic Swedish design makes for what is not only in my opinion the perfect size of a vehicle but also what is simply just something very pretty from so many angles. Being an SUV, the XC60 offers some elevated ride height, which managing to maintain a lower slung, more planted on road presence. Put simply the XC60 is equal part muscular and graceful.
From seats which have been designed by orthopaedic experts to soft touch premium based materials and minimal clutter, the XC60 follows the interior trim trend set by its bigger sibling, the XC90.
Taking centre stage is Volvo’s Sensus Multimedia System. Much like using an iPad or Android-based tablet PC, the Sensus system is easily one of the best in-car multimedia systems available. From the support of all the major media sources to the likes of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as easy access to the vehicles array of five star Euro NCAP safety and convenience systems, the overall cabin feels clean, uncluttered and simply sophisticated.
While the wheelbase is fractionally shorter than that of the XC90 measuring in at 2865 mm, owing to clever interior design, the XC60 manages to still offer a very spacious cabin with impressive rear occupant capacity, shoulder and overall headroom. The luggage load bay is claimed at 505-litres with the seats folded-up and a very impressive 1432-litres with the seats folded flat. Easy access buttons make manoeuvring and loading the boot very easy.
An array of petrol and diesel motors feature within the XC60 line-up. Available as the petrol T5 and T6(235 kW: 400 Nm), and in diesel variants as either the D4 or this the D5. The D5 model offers 173 kW of power and 480 Nm of torque. The torque is available from low within the rev-band and this results in fast of the line power delivery. The other area in which I really feel that the diesel variants of the XC60 impressive are in terms of being very efficient with Volvo claiming fuel economy combined figures as low 7.7-litres/100 km.
From a smooth-shifting 8-speed automated transmission to an overall graceful power delivery, nothing is left to complain about when it comes to driving the XC60 D5 Inscription.
While the Volvo is incredibly feature packed as standard, the one option which I would definitely recommend ticking is what Volvo term the Driver Support Pack (R25 750). The extra spend gives the vehicle options such a Pilot Assist, which is a full-on semi-autonomous drive for speeds of up to 130 km/h as well as a heads-up-display.
The XC60 fits in perfectly to what is a very accomplished family of vehicles. mid-size dimensions coupled with the perfect symbiosis of luxury, elegance and technology all help make for what is truly a special automobile.
SA Price and Warranty
The D5 AWD Inscription retails for R812 150 and is sold with a maintenance plan and warranty, both spanning 5 years/100 000 km. Services are every 12 months, or 20 000 km.