2018 Volvo XC60 Review : The Swedish who arrives to face the Germans

2018 Volvo XC60 Review : The Swedish who arrives to face the Germans

There is no denying that in recent times Volvo has resumed the path of what it has always been. The evolution of their SUV is the clear example of this way. The last to arrive was the new Volvo XC60, which I have already had occasion to try.

2018 Volvo XC60 Review : The Swedish who arrives to face the Germans

For those of us who like Volvo cars , we had a season where we saw the black stuff. And is that the Swedish brand has gone through its darkest stage not more than a decade. Many even thought that we were facing a new Saab case, but no, it was only a period of lethargy, a period of reflection towards a new road. That new road has already begun, and we find products of the highest quality such as the new Volvo XC60, which I have already had occasion to know and try .

Volvo is a very private company. Although most of them know it by their automobile division, the part of industrial vehicles has more importance, and that is why in 1999 they got rid of the cars to focus on the development of trucks and coaches . The first to see the potential of the company was Ford , who bought it for nothing more and no less than 6.45 trillion dollars, although years later had to be disengaged from it by just 1.5 trillion, being the Chinese manufacturer Geely the new and current owner

But let’s stick with the first part of the story, when Ford drove the car. More than anything because of that time dates the first Volvo XC60 that saw the light. It was the year 2008, and since then the smallest of Volvo SUVs has remained almost unchanged , given the economic problems hanging over the company. So it is not necessary to say how important this new generation is, the second we see, which retains absolutely nothing of its predecessor. You just have to see it.

And let’s face it, I do not say it because the old man was bad, on the contrary, I say it by his appearance. The change is radical, as well as those suffered by other models of the range that have been renewed lately, except for the 40 range, which will be the next to change and grow thanks to the arrival of the expected Volvo XC40 that we have already Been able to see in a very advanced state of its stage of test and development.

Volvo has given with the design key, and in the purest Scandinavian style, a style that is attributed to the timeless beauty. I’m sure that for more than the years, the new batch of models of the house will continue to look as spectacular as they do now. Not only does it attract attention, but it is also elegant, with a lot of class, with more sobriety than sportiness, although this is also used in the mix, although with doses smaller than those of its German rivals.

Well it is true that many might think that only has reduced the size of the Volvo XC90 , true is, but for my part I do not see it as an inconvenience, but as an advantage. The result is spectacular, including the fantastic LED headlights that take almost all the protagonism of the frontal . To that I call it to take advantage elegantly part of the Scandinavian mythology (represents the hammer of the God Thor).

From door to door more of the same. Volvo has developed a new modular platform that can be used by most of its fleet, called CMA . There is a particular one for saloons and another for SUV, and that is why they all share not only the mechanical part but also the interior structure, as well as technology and interior habitability . Highlights in this new XC60. Although yes, the interiors are so equal that it would not hurt at all a bit of customization for each model.

So far the less positive part of the interior of the XC60, because otherwise, the new SUV is a roof of virtues and glories. Starting with the quality, which you can not put a single stick. Volvo is a premium brand, and it is noticeable mainly in the way in which it constructs its habitacles . Nothing to envy to the references of the industry, that is to say nothing to envy with BMW and Audi . Personally the rest of the general premium brands are one or two steps behind the head trio.

2018 Volvo XC60 Review : The Swedish who arrives to face the Germans

Not only are the materials excellent, but the way they are presented as well. The feeling of durability is very high, and there is not a single component that is not well fitted. In terms of style, the minimalist style predominates. Little presence of physical buttons and lots of digital surfaces , from the dashboard to the huge console screen, up to 12.3 inches, not to mention the HUD that can also be incorporated.

And it is that in this term Volvo also has nothing to envy to its direct rivals. There are many elements that can be included in the interior. They will vary depending on which of the three trim levels is selected: Momentum, Incription and R-Design . Although the serial deployment is high, if we want to start having cool devices we will have to climb the ladder or start pulling the list of extras, and that’s when the price starts to skyrocket.

Highlights include intelligent LED headlights, a 360 ° vision camera, heated front and rear seats, four air conditioning zones, parking assist, blind spot control, and a wide array of systems and assistants. driving to ensure the safety of the occupants.

2018 Volvo XC60 Review : The Swedish who arrives to face the Germans

The perimeter of the car is controlled by 360 ° cameras and large numbers of radars

It touches on mechanical terms. I have mentioned above that Volvo’s new SUV platform allows the integration of the same technology in all models, and the same with mechanics. The offer is to offer two versions diesel, three petrol and one hybrid . The powers start in 190 horses for the diesel and 235 for the gasoline. For its part, the hybrid stands with the most powerful award in the entire range, with 320 horsepower and 87 electric.

All engines will be associated with an eight-speed automatic gearbox-type torque converter . Of course Volvo has also included all-wheel drive for all of them. All these particularities have to be taken into account when going through the box, because as I will detail, the Volvo XC60 is more expensive than its direct rivals, ie the BMW X3 , the Audi Q5 and the Mercedes GLC .

As I say, all this splendid and advanced technological content does not come cheap at all. The Volvo XC60 has an output price of 51,190 euros . As I mentioned before, the Volvo is the most expensive of all compact SUVs premium, although its standard equipment is higher than in the case of the Germans. There is only one model that surpasses it in terms of prices, and that is none other than the Jaguar F-Pace .

2018 Volvo XC60 Review : The Swedish who arrives to face the Germans

The T6 is the most powerful of the gasoline, above only it remains the hybrid T8

Volvo XC60 Test

It’s curious to look back and see how average SUVs have evolved. I say this because in the past these were very far from their respective older brothers, everything goes up in quality and behavior. However as the launch of a new model occurs, we see how the gap narrows significantly. In the case of the XC60 I have been able to verify that we are talking about a mini XC90 , although each one has its own adjustments.

Obviously the difference comes in terms of space. The new XC60 has increased all its measurements, except the width. The length has also done it although only it has grown 44 millimeters, nevertheless the battle has expanded almost 10 centimeters. With these data you can clearly imagine that as soon as there is space, the XC60 is one of the largest in the segment . In fact, after having ridden in his three most direct rivals, the Swedish wins the battle.

The XC60 unveils exclusive safety endowment. Standard parts that safeguard the safety of occupants and pedestrians

It is a common feature in Volvo, granting much space for rear occupants in penalizing the boot volume. Well it is true that has also grown, now cubic a minimum of 505 liters, but remains low if compared to the competition . These take an average of 50 liters more, and is something to keep in mind. Everyone has to value what they prefer, whether more cargo space or more space for the occupants.

Volvo has prioritized comfort above all other virtues. All occupants, whether four or five, although the latter will adjust, will enjoy a first class trip. It is not only the quality of the materials, but the refinement that comes from entering the road. The XC60 has a very high tread quality, much like its big brother , with great acoustic insulation and a dynamic configuration that can present several driving modes: Eco, Comfort, AllRoad and Dynamic.

2018 Volvo XC60 Review : The Swedish who arrives to face the Germans

The difference between the modes of driving is remarkable, although it pushes in all of them

It is already very common to find these adjustment programs in many models, but it is also usual to notice the difference between them. This is not the case for the XC60, because it does show the clear differences between the various programs. Each focuses on doing well for what is designed. The Eco saves, Comfort gives you comfort, although you do not have to go with this setup activated to go comfortable , the Allroad up the height with respect to 21 centimeters, and Dynamic helps you to run with great credit.

It is possibly what most surprised me about the new XC60, its dynamic character. All the above virtues were waiting for me: quality, equipment, space … but I did not expect such dynamic behavior. I do not want to say that this is the new Porsche Macan , which is the reference segment, not, but I know that now the XC60 is more capable and follow a high pace in a stretch of curves . The pneumatic suspension works the miracle and is able to contribute those high values ​​of comfort in highways while being able to hold the car in a fast step by curve.

The new chassis also shows. Not only lighter than its predecessor, but also more rigid and agile. There are hardly any oscillations in the body when it comes to turning fast , it does not have that boat effect that does have the XC90. The XC60 rotates flatter than its big brother and that allows to go faster in the curve. The air suspension is very advisable, although its price is high.

2018 Volvo XC60 Review : The Swedish who arrives to face the Germans

The best of its segment in terms of space for the rear seats, hollow floor

As for the engines, throughout the national presentation I had the opportunity to try a variant diesel and other gasoline. The first one was the a priori is postulated as the most sold of all. I’m referring to the 190-horsepower D4 AWD and eight-speed automatic transmission. For me it is the most correct settings that can be selected, since MA is not required s . Despite the weight of the XC60, 1,845 kilograms, the four-cylinder engine delivers the power very correctly. The kick is forceful, and the change accompanies the movements with a quick and smooth touch.

On the other side of the balance is the T6. Although gasoline engines are not the primary buying option in a segment like the SUV, more and more buyers choose to get rid of diesel. The T6 can cause more than one to consider the dilemma with great reason. It goes without saying that its performance, with 320 horses, is extraordinary, runs that peels and, like the diesel, presents that balance between performance and comfort. But of course we must add the extra point of softness provided by a block of gasoline.

Of course, consumption is the main problem. Volvo officializes data of 7.7 liters of average to the 100 kilometers . We may call them optimists, but they are not so far from the final results. It is true that during the test there was no place to test the consumption in real conditions, but in spite of the high rate of driving, the computer on board gave off a little bit more than 11 liters. I have no doubt that in a more routine driving and taking advantage of Eco mode, the figure can be around 9 liters.

2018 Volvo XC60 Review : The Swedish who arrives to face the Germans

The rear space penalizes the volume of the trunk, 50 liters less than its rivals

Obviously the diesel gains consumption starting, because they easily begin to appear the six liters. I repeat that the data obtained should not be taken as a clear reference, but if they give a good sample of what they can get. Later Volvo will pull out a third diesel variant, the D3 with front-wheel drive. They will be 150 horsepower that can be associated to a manual or automatic box.

The most efficient and powerful of the whole range will be the T8. This hybrid combines the gasoline engine of the T6 with an electric block that adds 87 horses to the mix . Its performance is impressive, and pushes to levels rarely seen in Volvo. Official consumption is 2.1 liters at 100, and it must be taken into account because Volvo has already warned that its strategy is to make all new launches after 2019 are all hybrids or electric .


The conclusion is clear, the premium SUV segment is adjusted with the arrival of the new XC60. The update has set him in luxury, and his German rivals have him in a tall rival. Beginning with its spectacular appearance, and ending with its behavior, it is a product of deserving the attention of anyone who looks for a model of this type . My advice is to get the D4, because more is not necessary, although the thrust of the T6 and T8 Plug-In Hybrid are serious matter.

2018 Volvo XC60 Review : The Swedish who arrives to face the Germans

The decision to buy an XC60 will always be successful, regardless of engine or finish

Few hits can be put to the XC60, but, of course it has them. Starting with the volume of the trunk, which falls short of the competition. It is not a serious defect, because it is compensated with the immense space in the rear places. What I think is more tricky is the issue of price . I do not want to say that the XC60 is not worth what it costs, but considering how the segment is, it would be wise to adjust prices, especially some extras. Still a car that I recommend to everyone.

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