VOLVO

VOLVO XC60 ESTATE 2.0 B4P Plus Dark 5dr Geartronic

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph8.1s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2172 g/km

Volvo's elegant and beautifully crafted second generation XC60 offers proof that in Sweden, they build SUVs just a little differently. Safe, efficient, clever, practical and stylish, it's yet another model that re-establishes this Scandinavian maker as a credibly prestigious automotive brand. Most customers choose the B4 mild hybrid diesel version; let's find out why.

NORDIC AND NICE

The Volvo XC60 makes sense in B4 mild hybrid diesel guise. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

Ten Second Review

Volvo's elegant and beautifully crafted second generation XC60 offers proof that in Sweden, they build SUVs just a little differently. Safe, efficient, clever, practical and stylish, it's yet another model that re-establishes this Scandinavian maker as a credibly prestigious automotive brand. Most customers choose the B4 mild hybrid diesel version; let's find out why.

Background

Think of Volvo and perhaps you still think of a car maker primarily specialising in spacious estates and solid, safe saloons. It isn't true any more. True, the brand still builds cars of that sort, but today, the majority of its business is done in selling SUVs - cars like this XC60. This is the second generation version and it builds upon a success story than made its predecessor the best selling Volvo model ever. It'll certainly need to be good, given that the premium-badged segment of the mid-sized SUV market has changed beyond all recognition since the original XC60 model was launched. Now, as then, BMW's X3 and Audi's Q5 remain the default competition, but in more recent years, other desirable brands have piled into this segment and cars like the Mercedes GLC, the Jaguar F-PACE, the Land Rover Discovery Sport, the Lexus NX and the Alfa Romeo Stelvio all represent tempting alternatives in this class. So what can this Volvo offer to set itself apart? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

If you were to place entertaining driving dynamics as a priority for your premium-badged mid-sized SUV, then let's be honest, this Volvo probably wouldn't be the first model you'd turn to. But you shouldn't gauge from that an expectation that this XC60 will be a complete duffer when the road turns twisty. It's very far from that, this model described as 'confident and predictable', which is what we've found it to be and precisely what most likely buyers will want it to be. There's unruffled poise and exemplary refinement, plus you get supple standards of ride comfort from the multi-link rear suspension and there's the option of an 'Active Four-C' adaptive damping and air suspension package if you want it. A standard 'Drive Mode Settings' driving dynamics system allows you to tailor throttle response, steering feel and shift timings from the standard 8-speed auto gearbox to suit the way you want to drive. If you do decide to push on a bit, grip and traction are actually quite impressive and with the 197hp B4 mild hybrid diesel we tried, there's Volvo's AWD system. Cornering body roll is also decently well controlled. All the engines on offer in this model line are of a 2.0-litre, four cylinder configuration and come bolted to the same stiff, sophisticated 'SPA' chassis that underpins Volvo's larger XC90 model. This B4 diesel's performance offers most of what potential buyers will want: a decent 420Nm slug of torque to facilitate a 2.4-tonne braked towing capacity. And more than adequate performance that sees 62mph reached in 8.3s en route to a limited top speed of 112mph.

Design and Build

If you like the look of this XC60, you'll be one of those people who already liked the shapely lines of the second generation version of its larger XC90 stablemate. Much of the same design language is, after all, carried directly over, creating a sleek, distinctly Scandinavian SUV that isn't particularly flashy but delivers an understated, confident demeanour that potential buyers will like. Up-front, high-quality materials, intelligent use of space and attention to detail work together to create a distinctly Scandinavian cabin that's simple and elegant. The first thing you'll probably notice is the 9-inch portrait-style touchscreen on the centre console that de-clutters the cabin of buttons and gives it a classy, sophisticated air emphasised by intricate detailing and rich Scandinavian design. There's more technology in the instrument binnacle where the normal conventional dials and read-outs have been replaced by virtual ones in an 'Active TFT Crystal Driver's Information Display'. The rear seats feature a nice touch - concealed storage compartments under the seat bases which are just the right size to store electronic devices, like a tablet, out of sight. There's decent boot space too, accessed via a standard power-operated tailgate that you can adjust to suit the height of your garage ceiling. When raised, it reveals a cargo area rated at 505-litres - or 635-litres if you were to load up to the roof.

Market and Model

This second generation XC60 model occupies a slightly more ambitious pricing bracket than its predecessor - not only because it's a more sophisticated product but also because Volvo wants to leave room for the smaller XC40 model that has slotted in beneath it. You can only now get the XC60 in diesel form in mid-range 'Plus' spec - and only with AWD, at a price of just over £50,000. Standard kit includes a power-operated tailgate, roof rails, rear parking sensors, auto headlamps and wipers and alloy wheels of 19-inches in size. There's plenty of standard media connectivity on offer, most of it activated through the clever 'Sensus Connect' infotainment system that's fitted as standard and accessed via a large 9-inch centre console portrait-format touchscreen. From here (or via voice control), you can enjoy a 10-speaker 330-watt High Performance Sound system with DAB digital radio. In addition, there's a 'Sensus Navigation' system. Other standard cabin features include full leather trim, 2-Zone Electronic Climate Control and an 8-inch 'Active TFT Crystal Driver's Information Display' to replace the conventional instrument dials. Unfortunately (and rather unforgivably given the prices being asked), the package that gives you 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' smartphone mirroring costs extra.

Cost of Ownership

This second generation XC60 offers something pretty unique: a mid-sized premium SUV that will never have an engine any bigger than four cylinders and 2.0-litres in size. At first glance, that doesn't sound a very attractive proposition does it, but with the 'Drive-E' engines fitted to this car, Volvo engineers have reaped the efficiency benefits of taking this smaller, lighter approach. And those benefits are considerable, with improvements that'll be particularly evident to owners moving into this car from the previous generation model. This B4 mild hybrid unit offers a good combination of performance and efficiency. For the AWD version, the figures are up to 44.1mpg and 167g/km.That's pretty much a match for the highest standards set by rivals in this class and, to give you some real world perspective, is only about 10% worse than the figures you'd get from an automatic three cylinder Ford Focus.

Summary

For quite a number of buyers, this XC60 will represent exactly the way a premium mid-sized SUV should look, should feel and should operate. And, like its larger XC90 stablemate, it delivers something refreshingly different to what's on offer from obvious rivals. So there's plenty to like. Especially in this frugal B4 diesel guise. And in summary? Well you'd be forgiven for concluding that sales success is a virtual given for just about any new SUV launched these days: it seems that buyers just can't get enough of them. In some cases, that's merited - and this is one of them. This car might not please magazine road testers, but we can't help feeling that it's been cleverly perfected for the actual priorities of its targeted market. This then, is the Swedish SUV. Evolved.

  • Electric front+rear windows
  • Rear wiper
  • Tinted windscreen
  • Heated front windscreen
  • Rain sensor with automatic windscreen wiper activation

  • Vehicle deceleration control with Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake Distribution and Emergency Brake Assist
  • Stability and Traction Control with Spin control, Engine Drag Control and Corner Traction Control
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • Hill start assist
  • Hill descent control - Off-road drive mode

  • Charcoal floor mats

  • Dynamic chassis

  • Google Automotive Services
  • Wireless/Inductive Mobile Phone Charging
  • Bluetooth handsfree system
  • Volvo on call with App

  • Driver assistance (pilot assist and adaptive cruise control)
  • 360 degree surround view parking camera with side proximity sensors
  • Front and rear park assist
  • Speed sensitive steering
  • Speed limiter
  • Adjustable steering wheel force
  • Oncoming Lane Mitigation
  • Driver alert control with lane keeping aid

  • Emergency services call system

  • Driver awareness - Blind spot information system with steer assist, cross traffic alert with autobrake and rear collision warning and mitigation
  • 12.3" Progressive Driver Display
  • 9" centre console touch screen
  • Trip computer
  • Service interval indicator

  • Auto dimming interior + exterior mirrors
  • High gloss black door mirrors and window surround
  • Electric adjustable/heated/auto power folding door mirrors

  • Premium Sound by Harman Kardon, dirac unison, dolby pro logic II surround sound, 13 speakers/600W output and fresh air subwoofer
  • Steering wheel remote infotainment controls
  • DAB Digital radio

  • Front aluminium tread plates
  • Roof spoiler
  • Roof antenna
  • High gloss black mesh front grille with high gloss black surround
  • Integrated roof rails in high gloss black
  • Visible VIN plate
  • High gloss black front and rear bumper decoratives
  • Rear side wing doors

  • Home safe and approach lighting
  • Adaptive brake lights with high level LED brake lights
  • Automatic headlight levelling system
  • Automatic LED Headlights + Active high beam incorporating daytime running lights
  • Puddle lights
  • LED front fog lights

  • B Pillar ventilation
  • Advanced interior air cleaner PM2.5
  • 4 Zone electronic climate control

  • 12V socket in front tunnel console and cargo compartment
  • Rear seat concealed storage
  • Front and rear door pocket illumination
  • Front cupholder illumination
  • Underfloor stowage compartment
  • Rear armrest with cupholder
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Load cover
  • Bright metal luggage threshold
  • Load protection net
  • A-pillar parking ticket holder
  • Centre console cupholders and storage
  • Glovebox compartment with illumination

  • Tailgate illumination and ambient door lighting
  • Front footwell illumination
  • Front reading lights
  • Illuminated luggage compartment
  • Front and rear courtesy lights
  • Rear footwell and front and rear side step illumination

  • Slippery road and hazard light alert
  • IC (Inflatable Curtains) - Full Length
  • Front seats SIPS airbags
  • Seatbelt reminder and pretensioners
  • Power child locks on rear doors
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Passenger airbag cut-off device
  • Dual stage driver/passenger airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • WHIPS whiplash protection system - front
  • SIPS (Side Impact Protection System)
  • Warning triangle
  • 5 three point seatbelts
  • First aid kit
  • City safety with steering support with Pedestrian + cyclist + large animal detection + front collision warning with full auto brake
  • Run off Road Protection
  • Run off Road Mitigation
  • Road sign information display

  • 3 seat bench in 2nd row
  • Versatile split folding rear seat - 60/40
  • Power driver seat with memory + exterior mirrors memory
  • Multi directional lumbar support
  • Heated front seats
  • Head restraints for all seats
  • ISOFIX attachment on outer rear seats
  • Front seat cushion extensions
  • Power height adjustable passenger seat
  • Single front passenger seat

  • Care key with user defined top speed
  • Keyless Drive (includes Keyless Entry and Keyless Start) with Handsfree Tailgate Opening/Closing
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Key integrated remote control central locking + fuel flap with deadlocking system and auto open/close power windows
  • Private locking for tailgate
  • Anti-theft alarm including immobiliser/volume sensor + level sensor

  • 8 speed automatic transmission with start/stop + manual change functions

  • Illuminated vanity mirrors + ticket holder

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 172
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH: 191
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL: 172

  • CC: 1969
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEL: 25
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEH: 22.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEL: 40.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEH: 35.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEL: 45.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEH: 40.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEL: 37.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEH: 33.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL: 37.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH: 33.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEL: 11.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEH: 12.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEL: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEH: 7.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEL: 6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEH: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEL: 7.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEH: 8.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL: 7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH: 8.4

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Service Interval Mileage: 18000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 197
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: Plus Dark
  • Coin Description: B4P
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 8

  • Engine Power - BHP: 197
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 8.1
  • Top Speed: 112
  • Engine Power - KW: 145
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4800
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 221
  • Engine Torque - NM: 300
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 30.6

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Front: 235/55 R19
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: 5 V SPOKE
  • Tyre Size Rear: 235/55 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY

  • Length: 4708
  • Width: 1999
  • Wheelbase: 2865
  • Width (including mirrors): 2117
  • Height: 1658
  • Height (including roof rails): N

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 483
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1410
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.4
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1799
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2400
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 71
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2300
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 601

  • Dark tinted windows for rear side windows and cargo area: £400

  • Premium metallic paint: £975
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £685

  • Leather upholstery: Included
  • 3 Spoke tailored steering wheel with chrome trim: Included
  • Contour sports seats with nappa soft leather/textile upholstery: £0

  • Metallic - Bright Dusk: £685
  • Metallic - Thunder grey: £685
  • Metallic - Denim blue: £685
  • Metallic - Onyx black: £685
  • Metallic - Platinum grey: £685
  • Metallic - Fusion red: £685
  • Metallic - Silver Dawn: £685

  • Solid - Black Stone: £0

  • Premium metallic - Crystal white: £975

  • 2 Stage integrated child seat for outer rear seats: £0
  • Heated rear seats outer positions: Included

  • Retractable towbar: £1,250

  • Leather - Charcoal + Metal mesh inlays + charcoal interior: £0
  • Leather - Blond + door panel inserts + Driftwood inlays with blond/charcoal steering wheel: £0

  • Contour sports seats with nappa soft leather/cloth - Charcoal/Dark open grid + Metal mesh inlays + charcoal interior + orrefors crystal gear knob: £0
  • Contour sports seats with nappa soft leather/cloth - Slate/Light open grid + Metal mesh inlays + charcoal/slate interior + orrefors crystal gear knob: £0

  • 19" 5 V spoke diamond cut/black alloy wheels: Included
  • 20" 5 Y spoke diamond cut/black alloy wheels: £750

  • Tyre sealant kit + 12v compressor: Included
  • Tempa spare wheel and jack: £150

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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