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LEISURE DRIVE / Isuzu mu-X 3.0 4WD takes to the hills

- Consumer Goods · Isuzu Motors · Volvo Cars · Volvo XC90 · Volvo XC60

lux­ury and trim of its big­ger sib­ling. It has the same air of min­i­mal­ism that is present through­out the cur­rent Volvo range with most of the car’s me­dia and setup func­tions built into the ver­ti­cal-ori­ented tablet and the in­ter­change­able dig­i­tal in­stru­ment clus­ter. Sim­i­larly, our test ve­hi­cle also boasted the sur­round-view cam­era sys­tem that made park­ing, even in the tight­est spa­ces, a breeze. It must be said, though, that I didn’t find the sound pre­sets to be as com­pre­hen­sive as that of the XC90’s but that’s about the only tan­gi­ble dif­fer­ence that I could pick out from the host of fea­tures and func­tions present.

While the up­hol­stery was wrapped in a well­dressed “blond-char­coal” colour, it did show some vis­i­ble signs of overuse on some touch­points, de­spite the SUV’s low odome­ter read­ing.

And then there’s the mat­ter of space. Due to the smaller stature of the XC60, it doesn’t have the same seven-seat sen­si­bil­ity of the 90 – even if the third-row is hardly meant for any­thing more than seat­ing chil­dren. Still, the boot is vo­lu­mi­nous with more than enough space for a hol­i­day’s worth of lug­gage.

LAST WORD

The Volvo XC60 D4 In­scrip­tion rep­re­sents ev­ery­thing that made the mighty XC90 such a wor­thy con­tender in its seg­ment, in a slightly smaller pack­age. It has an ex­ten­sive list of lux­ury and con­ve­nience fea­tures, the best (in my opin­ion) en­gine con­fig­u­ra­tion that the Swedish mar­que has on of­fer, and while it can’t boast the added fam­i­lyguy ap­peal of two ex­tra seats, it has no short­age of space for a small fam­ily, with Volvo’s book­let-worth of safety add-ons to keep ev­ery­one safe.

In terms of price, the Volvo XC60 is a mid­dle­ground kind of buy. Ev­ery­where else, though, is without com­pro­mise and for that, I’d say this is eas­ily one of the best Volvos I’ve ever had the plea­sure of driv­ing.

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