If you need a mid size SUV with the style and features to impress just about anyone, then the Volvo XC60 is the vehicle for you. Coming from a line of durable Volvo 60 series, the 2018 XC60 is designed to last and to be loved by its owner.
The 2018 Volvo XC60 is offered on three trim levels: Momentum, R-Design, and Inscription. Even the base Momentum is well equipped with awesome features. In this post we are going to look at the base trim. Some features of the upper will also be mentioned.
The XC60 is built based on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform that corroborates with the well-received 90-series. The upright fascia houses a similar grille to that on the 90 series, flanked by high-mounted headlights which are adorned with Volvo’s Thor’s Hammer sideways LED light graphic.
The beltline seen on the 2018 XC60 angles up rather than continuing in a straight line, the rear quarter-windows are smaller also, and the liftgate is angled forward more aggressively. Compared with its predecessor, the wheelbase of the new XC60’s has been stretched 3.6 inches and the vehicle also is 2.1 inches lower than before and a bit wider, so the effect is a sleeker profile and a more planted look.
The new Volvo XC60 comes also with some advanced safety features, which are expected from a company known as the leaders in safety features in the automobile industry. The XC60 features a few new active-safety features.
Oncoming-lane mitigation is a new variation on lane-keeping assist: If a driver crosses the central line and the system detects a vehicle coming, it sounds an alarm and helps the driver steer it back into its lane. Volvo’s City Safety automated emergency braking system can now help a driver avoid collision by steering around objects rather than just braking to avoid them; it can work at speeds up to 62 mph.
And the new blind-spot assist system can also help steer the car back into its lane if the driver tries to overtake when there’s a vehicle in the car’s blind spot or approaching quickly in the other lane.
The stretched wheelbase plays a huge role in rear-seat space, a weak point of the predecessor. The improvement is very noticeable; passengers now sit on a cushion that’s very comfortable and enjoy generous rear legroom and headroom.
Overhead, there’s a panoramic sunroof which is standard on all models and helps brighten the interior,creating a bigger space look. The brightness of the interior might be too much for those in desert climate, as the incoporated sunshade doesn’t totally block out the rays.
The dashboard design features instrument cluster, bladelike air vents, and a touchscreen that is vertically oriented. Volvo’s Sensus Connect 9.0-inch touchscreen has been slightly upgraded with a larger map for the navigation system, new fonts, and revised menu. On the center console, there are two sliders that cover two cupholders and two smaller cubbies and the USB port is installed inside the hinged-top main bin.
Pay an additional amount of money and you’ll get the luxury seat package which includes, power-adjustable side bolsters and a massage function for the front seats, very soft leather, heating for the front and rear seats, heated steering wheel, and ventilated front seats with power cushion extensions.
Engine and Transmission
The base trim comes with a (T5)2.0 litre turbocharged four cylinder engine producing 250 horsepower. The upper trims are fitted with more powerful (T6) engines that produce up to 316 horsepower. There’s possibility of a hybrid variant (T8) with an electric motor fused with the (T6) engine to produce a combined 400 horsepower and a lesser fuel consumption. All the engines come with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
- The beautiful interior looks great.
- Plenty of available luxury options.
- Variety of engine options to choose.
- Not as sporty to drive as most of its competitors.
- Smaller cargo area behind rear seats.
- Not as quiet as other vehicles of its class.
Starts at $42,655 (#15,355,800)