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XC60 can only seat five.

The XC60 shares the same tech­nol­ogy as the 2007 Land Rover Free­lander, which uses a mod­i­fied ver­sion of the Volvo Y20 plat­form. It has been Volvo’s best sell­ing car since 2009.

Pow­ered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylin­der tur­bocharged Drive-E en­gine hooked to an eight-speed au­to­matic gear­box with pad­dle shifters, the en­gine pro­duces 245hp at 5,500rpm and 350Nm of torque from 1,500rpm.

Volvo claims the XC60 T5 can achieve zero to 100kph in 7.2 sec­onds and has a top speed of 210kph. It only con­sumes 6.7 litres per 100km in a com­bined drive.

The XC60 is 4,644mm in length, 1,891mm in width, 1,713mm in height and weighs 1,749kg. It has a 70-litre fuel tank and 495 litres of boot space.

It comes with 17-inch wheels, ver­ti­cal LED day­time run­ning lights, twin tailpipes, dual-zone au­to­matic cli­mate con­trol, map lights, am­bi­ent lights, two-stage booster child seats cush­ions, eight-way power ad­justable front seats with mem­ory set­ting for the driver, key­less en­try with push-start but­ton, cruise con­trol, tele­scopic steer­ing, auto fold­ing side mir­rors and isofix points.

The XC60 T5’s core safety fea­tures are anti-lock brak­ing sys­tem, elec­tronic brake dis­tri­bu­tion, brak­ing as­sist, elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol, six airbags, ac­tive bend­ing lights, city safety, blind spot in­for­ma­tion sys­tem (BLIS) with close ve­hi­cle warn­ing (alerts the driver of ap­proach­ing ve­hi­cles up to 70m), side im­pact pro­tec­tion sys­tem, roll-over pro­tec­tion sys­tem, corner trac­tion con­trol, cross traf­fic alert, whiplash pro­tec­tion sys­tem and auto-brak­ing at speeds of up to 50kph (pre­vi­ously 30kph).

The lo­cally-as­sem­bled Volvo XC60 T5 is priced at RM266,888, in­clu­sive of the six per cent Goods and Ser­vices Tax but with­out in­surance. It comes with a five-year warranty and five-year on-call road­side as­sis­tance.

The Volvo XC60 T5 is a spa­cious, lux­u­ri­ous, safe and pow­er­ful all­wheel-drive SUV. We man­aged to clock about 1,000km in the XC60.

It is long-legged, with the en­gine revs be­low 2,000rpm at around the 110kph mark. It has no prob­lem over­tak­ing ve­hi­cles on the high­way as it doesn’t need to rev hard to over­take be­cause the torque is read­ily avail­able at 1,500rpm.

The Volvo XC60 has a heavy­weighted steer­ing wheel that re­sponds ac­cu­rately. De­spite the stiff ab­sorber set­tings, the sus­pen­sion ab­sorbed most rough road con­di­tions com­fort­ably to the ex­tent that we barely felt any of the bumps or pot­holes.

The SUV sat firmly on the road on high-speed cor­ners and grips so well that it felt like we were driv­ing a sedan.

The BLIS sys­tem helped to en­sure it was safe to change lanes and there was no ve­hi­cle hid­ing in the blind spot of the SUV.

There was more than ad­e­quate head and leg room in the XC60 to carry five large adults, the only gripe be­ing that it was short of el­bow space for the back­seat pas­sen­gers.

The 495-litre boot space was suf­fi­cient to pack lug­gage for a small fam­ily to go on a road trip for a few days.

En­gine and wind noise was hardly per­cep­ti­ble. Only tyre noise was no­tice­able at high speed.

The mul­ti­me­dia player was user -friendly, and the sound qual­ity of its eight-speaker sys­tem was crys­tal clear.

It con­sumed about 8.6 to 9.4 litres of fuel per 100km with a com­bi­na­tion of city and high­way driv­ing. Af­ter pedal-to-the-me­tal driv­ing, it recorded 11.8 to 13.6 litres fuel per 100km. The meter recorded 7.3 to 8.2 litres per 100km while we cruised on the high­way at 110kph.

Over­all, the Volvo XC60 T5 is a lux­u­ri­ous, spa­cious, pow­er­ful SUV. There is still room for im­prove­ment, like hav­ing adap­tive cruise con­trol and lane de­par­ture warn­ing, as well as a pow­ered tail­gate.

Lastly, Volvo could do well to im­prove the turn­ing cir­cle of the XC60 T5. The 12.6m turn­ing cir­cle is not suf­fi­cient to ma­noeu­vre around small park­ing spa­ces.

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