XC60 is a class act

The smaller cousin of award-win­ning XC90 con­tin­ues Volvo’s mod­ern re­nais­sance

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - JESSE ADAMS

Barcelona

YOU GET the sense the folks at Volvo are get­ting a lit­tle im­pa­tient. The brand’s qual­ity, style and tech me­ta­mor­pho­sis which started with the award-win­ning XC90 two years ago, has been so well re­ceived (we voted it our car of the year in 2015), it’s un­der­stand­able the Swedes are now ea­ger to swing Thor’s ham­mer at ev­ery model in their sta­ble, and even at some new ones which don’t ex­ist yet. Where is the road-ready ver­sion of 2013’s stun­ning Con­cept Coupe any­way?

Step into any of Volvo’s post-re­nais­sance ve­hi­cles, which so far com­prise the XC90 SUV, S90 sedan and V90 wagon, and the new­found classi­ness is plain to see. Yes­ter­year’s mod­els were slip­ping into sub-pre­mium cat­e­gori­sa­tion with in­te­ri­ors that were too pla­s­ticky, styling that was too bloated and tech that was too far be­hind, but these new ones are bristling with finely-crafted cab­ins, colour-pop- ping touch­screens and cut­ting edge self-driv­ing fea­tures.

Thor’s ham­mer, by the way, is a ref­er­ence to the T-shaped LED head­light de­tail which now acts as a dif­fer­en­tia­tor be­tween past and present Volvos. And now it’s been ap­plied to the mid-size XC60 SUV.

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