2015 Volvo XC60 | new car review

Posted on Apr 28, 2015 by
2015 Volvo XC60
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  • Rated 3.5 stars
  • Very Good
AEDAED 159,900, - 195,900
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  • 2015 XC60
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 70%
  • Interior
    Editor: 70%
  • Quality
    Editor: 80%
  • Features
    Editor: 70%
  • Performance
    Editor: 80%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 60%

Review Summary:

The whole compact crossover segment is an increasingly competitive one. While looks are important, the main reason why people buy them is for their practicality.

Pros

The practicality aspect of the XC60
The interior is spacious and comfortable

Cons

Price when compared to Japanese rivals

Looks

It is very difficult to make any form of crossover car look good. There’s always that danger of designing a car that can’t decide what it actually is, and you end up with a freak. But a bit of liberation with the pencil is all it takes to churn out a decent-looking one; the 2015 is exactly that. It is the clear younger brother of the XC90, but has its own charm. The tidy rear-arrangement sits well and the sloping lines to the front give it a nice, sporty feel.

2015 Volvo XC60 front

Feels

The 2015 Volvo XC60 shares the same interior as pretty much all other Volvo’s; it’s classy, simplistic, and not very fussy. The interesting thing is that, because it’s slightly larger than its main rival, the VW Tiguan, it doesn’t feel so freakish. It feels like the tallest kid in the class. It has a right to be quietly smug towards its peers. It’s almost as if it thinks it should be fighting bigger, proper SUV’s.

2014 Volvo XC60 interior

Engineering

As you would imagine the XC60 is incredibly well made, with a large emphasis having been placed on safety. It achieved 5 stars in the European NCAP test, with a 94% passing result for passengers…that is impressive. It’s engineered like a proper SUV, as the seats fold flat, there’s plenty of clever design, and the standard features list makes for very satisfying reading.

2015 Volvo XC60 side

What’s on offer?

You have quite a good choice when it comes to the XC60, as there are several versions available in the UAE. The entry model, with a T5 engine, starts at AED 159,900. At the other end of the list you will find the T6 priced at AED 195,900. While the former emits 240 horsepower from its 2.0 litre unit, the latter punches out a more respectable 304 horses from its V6 powerplant.

2015 Volvo XC60 front

Summing it…

The XC60 has been Volvo’s best selling car in recent years, and it is easy to fathom why. Not only is it spacious, tough, and practical, but also fiendishly well-equipped. When compared to its European rivals, such as the Tiguan, it is the winner hands-down. But when compared to the products from Japan, mainly the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, the XC60 seems horrifically expensive. Yes you get a lot for your money, but in terms of how many passengers you can transport and engine performance figures being nearly the same, it’s no wonder you don’t see that many of them driving around the UAE. That’s a shame.

2015 Volvo XC60 rear

Specifications

Specifications2015 Volvo XC60 T52015 Volvo XC60 T6
Engine/ Cylinders2.0 litre turbocharged / 4-cyl3.0 litre turbohcarged / V6
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
240 hp @ 5,500 RPM304 hp @ 5,600 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
320 Nm @ 5,000 RPM440 Nm @ 4,200 RPM
Tranmission6 speed automatic6 speed automatic
DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h8.1 secs6.9 secs
Top speedN/AN/A
PriceAED 159,900 +AED 195,900 +

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