This sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion XC60 comes fir­ing on all cylin­ders

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LUX­URY CAR MAN­U­FAC­TUR­ERS are known for the type of cars they make. Whereas BMW are known as a sporty driv­ers’ car brand, Mercedes are fa­mous for their lux­ury. While Audi seek to strike the right bal­ance be­tween sport and lux­ury, Volvo are known for mak­ing the safest cars. The Swedish car-mak­ers were not known to make good-look­ing cars in the past, but that changed with the new XC90 and the S90. Now Volvo not only make safe cars, but cars that are also wellde­signed and lux­u­ri­ous.

The new XC60 is built on the new SPA (scal­able prod­uct ar­chi­tec­ture) plat­form and shares its un­der­pin­ning with the XC90 and S90. The Thor’s Ham­mer LED head­lamps merge into the wide chrome grille and the sculpted lines on the bon­net start from the grille and merge into the A-pil­lars. The flared wheel-arches along with the low, wide look at the front give the XC60 an ag­gres­sive and sporty stance.

The tor­nado line starts from the Thor’s Ham­mer head­lamp and runs along the wheel-arch, the front and rear doors, and over the rear wheel-arch to merge into the bracket rear tail-lamps. The flared rear wheel-arches, low roofline with the spoiler and bracket LED tail-lamps along with the twin rear ex­haust give the rear a wide and sporty stance and the SUV good pro­por­tions.

The in­te­rior de­sign is sim­i­lar to that of its el­der sib­ling, the XC90. The in­side of the car feels nice and airy thanks to the panoramic sun­roof. The big touch­screen is flanked by ver­ti­cal air vents at the cen­tre of the dash­board. The brushed alu­minium fin­ish strip runs along the width of the dash­board along with a band of drift­wood, giv­ing it a sporty look. The qual­ity of soft-touch plas­tic and switches is high-class. The mo­ment you get in­side, grip the leather steer­ing and ad­just the seat ac­cord­ing to your stature and driv­ing po­si­tion, you can feel the com­fort and lux­ury of the leather seats and the cabin. The longer wheel­base of this SUV al­lows the rear seats to be pushed back, thus lib­er­at­ing more leg-room for the rear pas­sen­gers. The ex­tra leg-room and the plush leather rear seats give the rear pas­sen­gers a lux­u­ri­ous ex­pe­ri­ence.

The Sen­sus in-car in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem in the XC60 is based on con­trol, en­ter­tain­ment, nav­i­ga­tion and na­tive ap­pli­ca­tions. The B&W (Bower and Wilkins) mu­sic sys­tem sounds as if you are lis­ten­ing to a live con­cert. The nav­i­ga­tion is very user-friendly and easy to use. The radar-based driver as­sist is the clos­est you can get to au­ton­o­mous driv­ing. Once you se­lect the self drive mode, all you need to do is place your hands lightly on the steer­ing wheel and the SUV drives it­self: from main­tain­ing the cruis­ing speed that you have se­lected on the cruise con­trol, to main­tain­ing the dis­tance be­tween you and the ve­hi­cle in front. The lane as­sist turns the SUV and keeps it in the lane up to 130 km/h; how­ever, for this you need roads that have

proper lane mark­ings. In­ci­den­tally, Volvo are the only pre­mium car man­u­fac­tur­ers in In­dia to of­fer radar­based driver as­sist.

The trend in high-end cars and SUVs is the use of alu­minium in the body-shell and mono­coque con­struc­tion, but Volvo have taken the op­po­site route by us­ing more high-ten­sile steel in the mono­cocque con­struc­tion be­cause it is stronger than alu­minium. This makes the mono­cocque stronger and pre­vents it from flex­ing un­der ex­treme load con­di­tions.

The XC60 has dou­ble wish­bone sus­pen­sion with a sta­biliser bar, air sus­pen­sion and an ac­tive damper setup at the front. The rear setup com­prises in­te­gral axle with sta­biliser bar with air sus­pen­sion and ac­tive shock-ab­sorbers. Brak­ing is taken care of by 320-mm ven­ti­lated discs at the front and 302-mm solid ones at the rear.

To keep the cost down, all new Volvos are pow­ered by 1,969-cc en­gines. These four-valve petrol and diesel en­gines have the same bore and stroke, all-alu­minium con­struc­tion, and they even weigh the same. The only dif­fer­ence be­tween the petrol and diesel en­gines is the com­pres­sion ra­tio: the diesel runs a much higher com­pres­sion ra­tio of 15.8:1 com­pared to the petrol’s lower 10.3:1 ra­tio.

The In­dia-bound XC60 will be equipped with the D5 twin-turbo diesel en­gine with Pow­erPulse. The D5 en­gine pro­duces 235 PS at 4,000 rpm and 480 Nm of torque be­tween 1,750 and 2,250 rpm. The mo­tor is mated to an eight-speed auto box and the power is put down on the road via an all-wheel-drive sys­tem.

Once you se­lect the self drive mode, all you need to do is place your hands lightly on the steer­ing wheel and it drives it­self

Pow­erPulse is a smart way of re­duc­ing turbo-lag. There is an elec­tric com­pres­sor that fills up a tank with com­pressed fresh air and it is used to spool up the tur­bocharger at low rpm to re­duce turbo-lag.

Our drive started from the Barcelona air­port and there were a cou­ple of loops that took us into the coun­try­side. As I said ear­lier, the mo­ment you step into this SUV there is a feel­ing of lux­ury right from the feel of the leather-wrapped steer­ing wheel to the com­fort­able seats. Once I ad­justed the driv­ing po­si­tion and twisted the start-stop knob, the 2.0-litre en­gine came to life with a lit­tle clat­ter that could be heard when the door was open; once you close the door, how­ever, the en­gine noise dis­ap­pears. The cabin in­su­la­tion of the XC60 is su­perb.

On the road the car is easy to drive as its steer­ing is light; as a mat­ter of fact, the XC60 is an easy car to drive be­cause it does ev­ery­thing with ease — whether it is over­tak­ing other cars or go­ing round a cor­ner. There is hardly any turbo-lag thanks to the Pow­erPulse tech. This is not a sporty SUV be­cause there is a lit­tle body-roll, but it is not both­er­some. This is an easy and com­fort­able SUV to drive and you are al­ways in con­trol.

Sprawl­ing 10+ inch tablet cen­tre touch­screen puts ev­ery ve­hi­cle func­tion at your fin­ger­tips

High-qual­ity ma­te­rial with a touch of drift­wood trim make the cabin el­e­gant and sporty

Pow­erPulse tech makes use of com­pressed air to elim­i­nate turbo-lag for seam­less power de­liv­ery

Huge panoramic sun­roof adds to the airy at­mos­phere in the cabin

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