XC60 D3 DRIVe SE Lux Premium with Start/Stop
is the alternative brand for
customers thinking of changing from
the premium German trio (Audi, BMW
and Mercedes) and the 2012 model
year XC60 SUV/crossover is just the
ticket for those looking to spend less
on their monthly motoring costs...
THE XC60 SUV/CROSSOVER RANGE, with two- and four-wheel drive versions, is
priced from £28,300 to £41,260, reflecting the vast number of engine and specification
combinations available from four-cylinder 2.0-litre and six-cylinder
3.0-litre petrol engines and 2.0 and 2.4-litre five-cylinder diesels. The 2.0-litre
diesel comes with Volvo's lower-CO2 DRIVe specification and two-wheel
drive. All the other engines run with all-wheel drive.
SUV-like ruggedness and practicality with coupe style, the XC60 offers five
doors and seating for five adults along with boot/load space of 495 to 1,455
litres. It will also tow 1,600kg (braked).
seen in 2008, it showed a new design direction for Volvo and featured Volvo's
'world first' new safety technology City Safety. Volvos have always
majored on safety features and they are still a core selling point, together
with their new DRIVe innovation.
practicality with coupe
style, the XC60 offers
five doors and seating
for five adults
along with load space
of 495-1,455 litres...
City Safety helps the driver avoid, or at least mitigate, the most common of
all accidents: impacts in low speed city traffic or tailbacks. Surveys show
that three-quarters of all reported collisions take place at speeds of up to
19mph. In half of these cases the driver did not brake at all before the collision,
most commonly due to some distraction.
City Safe is never distracted: if the XC60's driver is about to drive into the
vehicle in front, the car applies the brakes automatically. Even if an accident
cannot be avoided, the damage and any potential injury
will at least be minimised.
And now the XC60 can now be ordered with additional safety features including
Pedestrian Detection with Adaptive Cruise Control, Distance Alert, and Queue
Assist and Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake.
The fuel- and CO2-saving 2.0-litre DRIVe D3 model with the 160bhp turbodiesel
engine with start/stop specification, as reviewed here, comes as front-wheel
drive and is fitted with a six-speed manual 'box. Engine tweaks for the 2012
year model sees 160bhp with 295lb ft of torque on tap from just 1,400rpm.
Adding to this, driveability and performance for the 2012 year model has been
improved by modifying and making fine adjustments to the variable-geometry turbocharger;
and Piezo-electric fuel injectors are employed to improve stages of combustion
during start-up and hard acceleration.
the 2.0-litre DRIVe model delivers 49.6mpg in the Combined Cycle
on test this week and driven over all types of roads and conditions, my test
car averaged 38.9mpg. Of course the CO2 emissions are important too, and these
are a relatively low 149g/km.
Frugal on fuel it might
be, but the XC60 DRIVe
is no slowcoach.
A bit lazy accelerating
from walking pace
speeds, it springs into
life once the turbo
starts blowing and will
get to 60mph in 9.7
seconds before reaching
its top speed of
In terms of tax costs, the road tax is just £130 a year brilliant
for such a large SUV-styled family or business vehicle; company cars users will
pay 22 per cent Benefit-in-Kind tax.
on fuel it might be, but the XC60 DRIVe is no slowcoach. A bit lazy accelerating
from walking pace speeds, it springs into life once the turbo starts blowing
and will get to 60mph in 9.7 seconds before going on to a top speed of 124mph.
However, because of the high gearing adopted to improve fuel economy, and despite
having five-cylinders and turbocharging, the driver will need to make full use
of the gearbox on winding roads. The ride can also be unsettled over poor roads
surfaces. That said, while the gearing dulls the low-down 'grunt', at least
the fuel and tax savings will make its owner smile.
An excellent and roomy family car with a good, must-have classy image, the XC60's
plus points include numerous safety features, comfort and, for such an imposing
car, low running costs. But getting the ideal level of equipment can make this
version look expensive. David Miles
Volvo XC60 D3 DRIVe SE Lux Premium with Start/Stop |
Maximum speed: 124mph | 0-60mph: 9.7 seconds | Overall Test MPG:
Power: 160bhp | Torque: 295lb ft | CO2 149g/km