2015 Volvo XC60 | new car review
The practicality aspect of the XC60
The interior is spacious and comfortable
Price when compared to Japanese rivals
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 Volvo XC60 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Specifications||2015 Volvo XC60 T5||2015 Volvo XC60 T6|
|Engine/ Cylinders||2.0 litre turbocharged / 4-cyl||3.0 litre turbohcarged / V6|
|Max Power |
|240 hp @ 5,500 RPM||304 hp @ 5,600 RPM|
|320 Nm @ 5,000 RPM||440 Nm @ 4,200 RPM|
|Tranmission||6 speed automatic||6 speed automatic|
|Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||8.1 secs||6.9 secs|
|Price||AED 159,900 +||AED 195,900 +|