August 19, 2014 : Volvo India has launched the XC60 R-Design at Rs 51 lakh. The R-Design trims get cosmetic changes such as newly designed front bumper, 18 inch diamond cut alloys, black honeycomb air dam, black grille with R-Design badge. The other extra features embraced by the R-Design are ORVMs with silver finish, two chrome exhausts and a visible diffuser. The R-Design also gets an exclusive new Passion Red shade. While inside the cabin, the vehicle features R-Design seats, R-Design steering wheel, an upgraded audio system and paddle shifters for quick shifts. Moreover, in terms of safety, the car gets rear view camera, satellite navigation and an infotainment system.
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|Variants||Fuel Type||Transmission||Engine Description||Mileage||Power|
||11.7||14.7||181bhp @ 3500rpm|
||11.7||14.7||181bhp @ 3500rpm|
||8.2||11.2||215bhp @ 4000rpm|
This company is one manufacturer which stands as a synonym for reliability. One of their outstanding vehicle is Volvo XC60 , which is a fully loaded crossover. It has an uncompromising overall built, especially when it comes to safety. It incorporates as many functions as possible into it for solid protection to both the vehicle as well as to its passengers, while still trying to keep up with the comfort and appearance as well. Its performance is backed with the automatic eight speed transmission gear box with a four wheel drive and an automatic six speed transmission gear box with all wheel drive available in its variants. The comfort of sitting aback and making the most of the drive is made much more pleasurable by the climate control system equipped into this model. There are air quality sensors that are offered which electronically controls the inside temperature. The front windscreen is laminated to avoid penetration of infra-red rays. It is also equipped with a pair of intermittent wipers. While the rear windshield also has a single wiper along with a washer as well. The defogger to the rear window and the panoramic sun roof add up to the overall utility. The entertainment section has been well equipped with systems and functions that support multiple players and has many automated functions as well. Its navigation system is integrated display system is offered in five and seven inches depending on the trims. The audio controls are mounted onto the steering wheel and is facilitated with a handsfree Bluetooth and audio streaming. A remote control is a definite comfort feature offered. The handling of this vehicle is made much efficient by integrating functions like advanced stability control, anti-lock braking system and disc brakes too for extra support. Furthermore, parking brakes too are provided for driver assistance. All these and many more such aspects put together in this crossover makes it one of the most comfortable as well as a very safe vehicle to travel in. Apart from all these, this crossover comes with a standard warranty and road side assistance as well. This is certainly a benefit for the buyers, as its takes off the headache of being stranded in case there is any problem to the vehicle.
Its external appearance is quite decent and is appealing at the same time to any customer, who's looking for a good looking vehicle. For a stylish image, the roof is mounted with a set of rails, which look stylish and make this crossover much more trendy. The window sill gets chrome decoration for an extra edgy richness for all the doors. Both its outside rear view mirrors can be electrically adjustable, which is an added comfort factor as well. The mirrors have a heating function to them additionally and are retractable as well. The headlamps which are fitted onto the front end are active and are stylish too. The daytime running lights are LED and help better in visibility. The side profile is quite lustrous with pull type door handles and neatly carved out wheel arches, which have been fitted with a set of alloy wheels. The base and mid range trims are integrated with a single exhaust tailpipe and it is further decorated with chrome strips for better look. Whereas, the rear end of the top end D5 Summum is fitted with dual exhaust tailpipes, which have chrome cover to them and this enhances the rear image. Skid plate is fitted to both front and rear end. These protect the bumpers from getting damaged from the road impacts and additionally the front plate safeguards the engine from damage.
It has a massive built, but still has an edgy design that makes it appear slender at the same time. It has an overall length of 4644mm and has a total width of 1713mm. It stands tall at a height of 1632mm. Holds a decent measure of 2774mm as its wheelbase.
Ed's Take: The interiors of the XC60 are trendy, stylish and contemporary. We like the way this SUV has been styled and the space on offer is good too.
The cabin is fully furnished with multiple elements, which improve its look as well as give immense comfort to the occupants. All the variants are offered with leather upholstery to the seating. This is a rich factor which gives a rich feel and comfort as well. The base variant, D4 Kinetic is offered with an option of integrating sport leather seats, which can be availed at an additional charge. The driver's seat has a memory function of the adjustment facility and is a benefit to the driver. Whereas the other variants have power seats, which are much more useful. The front seats have heating function to them for comfort during cold conditions. The rear seats have been fitted with headrests, which have foldable facility manually, while the high end trim has an electrically adjustable feature to the headrests. The inside designs are furnished with aluminum in the lower and midrange trims, while the top end has been decorated with wood for much better appearance. The steering wheel has three spokes and is wrapped up in leather. This gives better feel for the driver and adds richness to the cabin. On the other hand the D5 Summum is integrated with a sportive leather steering wheel which looks trendy. All the trims have leather covering to their gear shift knobs. Furthermore, it also has gear shift paddles available in it for easier gear shifts. There is an advanced instrument cluster equipped into all the variants, which have three different modes available in it. There are climate and audio controls knobs, which have chrome surroundings fixed to them. As a standard feature, there is an internal rear view mirror, which has also got an automatically dimming function to it. Both the driver as well as the passenger sides are fitted with sun visors. These visors are additionally fitted with comfort features like fixing a vanity mirror to both of them, which further has an illumination to them. The rear seats are fitted with an armrest which has cup holders and storage facility integrated within it. There are four textile floor mats that are made available in all the trims for better convenience and richness. A parking ticket holder is offered to all the variants as well. There is a tunnel console that is in the front which has cup holders to it. Additional storage is offered by equipping the front doors with pockets to stuff into. Furthermore, there is a console available which has extra storage capacity.
This is one of the most important segment in any vehicle and the company has given its best to make this crossover comfortable and ergonomic for the passengers. The sports seats inside are designed in such a way, which gives better support to the lumbar as well as to the sides. This is very good as it gives a firm support, while going on any off-roading drives. The seats as well as the gear lever and its steering wheel have been covered with high class soft touch leather material that offer a comfortable experience of traveling and driving. Apart from this there is a large glove box to store quite a few things handy, while on the move. There are quite a few other options as well like cup and bottle holders, seat back pockets, sunvisors with mirror and ticket holders and other utility based aspects. Apart from all these, there are quite a lot of other aspects as well, which include power windows for both front and rear doors with an automatic up and down feature for the driver. Then there are separate air conditioning vents for all the occupants, which adds enormously to their comfort level during the peak summer. There is a advanced audio unit that has can play various types of internal and external devices. It is also equipped with speakers, which are well placed and help in distribution of sound evenly in the cabin. There are accessory sockets to charge small electronic gadgets, while traveling, which further adds to its utility value. All these and many more such other features make it complete comfort package for all the occupants. Other aspects include comfort pillows, rear seat cover, rear window sun shade, an electric heater integrated in the AC unit that also has a remote start, protective car cover, mud flaps for front as well as the rear tyres.
The interiors are quite spacious and can accommodate all the occupants at comfort. It has a generous headroom of 1025mm at the front and 1003mm at the rear. Similarly, the shoulder room too is quite spacious for having 1439mm at front and 1403mm at rear. The leg room at front is 1047mm and at rear it is 924mm while the hip room is 1377mm at the front end of the cabin and the rear end has a hip room of 1367mm. With such capacious dimensions, the occupants will certainly enjoy a pleasurable drive at all times.
Ed's Take: The D5 engine gives good acceleration, however it is the D4 that needs a bit more power.
This crossover comes fitted with a 2.4-litre mill that has a five cylinders, which are further incorporated with twenty valves in it. This turbo charger based engine has the ability to cross the 100 Kmph speed barrier in about 8.3 seconds. Whereas, it can reach a maximum top speed of 205 Kmph, which is rather good, when compared with other contenders in this segment. One the other hand, its 2.0-litre diesel motor also has the same 5-cylinders and 20-valves. This mill enables it to do the 0-100 Kmph sprint in the range of 10-11 seconds. This slightly lesser powerful engine has the ability to reach a peak top speed of 195 Kmph.
Ed's Take: The engine and performance of the XC60 is good and it has sufficient power for city and highway driving.
The base variant, D4 Kinetic and D4 Summum is integrated with an engine which has a capacity to displace about 1984cc. It can generate a maximum power of 181bhp and a peak torque output of 400 Nm. While the top end trim has a motor which can displace 215bhp and can produce a torque output of 440Nm. The base and mid level variants have been skilfully coupled with a proficient 6-speed automatic transmission gear box. On the other hand, the top end trim is mated with a eight speed automatic gear box.
Ed's Take: The XC60 buyers aren’t much concerned about the fuel efficiency of their SUV, but still these vehicles return a decent figure depending on your driving cycle.
The base variant, D4 Kinetic version as well as the mid range variant, D4 Summum has the ability to deliver a decent mileage of 12.6 Kmpl in the city to 20 Kmpl on the freeways. Whereas, the top end trim can squeeze out 11.76 Kmpl under city conditions and can make up to 18.86 Kmpl on highways.
Ed's Take: The D5 has enough power for the XC60, while the D4 might need a bit more for that extra thrust.
The base and mid level trims have an engine, which has the capacity to produce a maximum power of 181bhp and can generate an impressive peak torque output of 400Nm. On the other hand, the top end trim, D5 Summum is equipped with an efficient motor, which can generate a maximum power of 215bhp and can produce a torque yield of 440Nm.
Ed's Take: The Volvo XC60 gets a lot more features than competition as it also gets the new TFT screen that is again a segment-first, which changes the ambient lightning depending on your driving style.
All the trims are integrated with a high performance audio system. The base variant has a single CD player with an MP3 decoder, whereas the other trims have a single DVD player with an MP3 decoder. The display system is of five inches in the lower trim, while a seven inch display is offered to the mid range and top variants. An audio input is made available in all the variants, which can support Auxiliary input, USB port and iPod input. For greater benefit of the driver, the audio controls are mounted onto the steering wheel. Furthermore, handsfree Bluetooth and audio streaming is offered in all the variants, which is an immense benefit. Whereas, a remote control feature is available only to the mid range and top end trim.
Ed's Take: The XC60 drives just like a sedan despite being an SUV. It is a joy to drive this SUV.
This crossover series have been fitted with disc brakes for all the wheels, which help in efficient braking instantly even at shorter distances. It is also equipped with the advanced ABS with EBD along with DSTC anti-skid system, which prevents vehicle from skidding on wet surfaces. The suspension system is also very dependable with a dynamic chassis, which keeps the vehicle well balanced at all times. There are other aspects like a continuously controlled chassis concept that aids in improving the car's handling, RSC active stability system helps in keeping the stability, whenever there is a hurdle.
Ed's Take: Volvo has been the pioneer in several safety aspects introduced in an automobile and they continue to lead the way.
The safety of this Volvo XC60 is well furbished with all the protective features. An alarm is offered and along with it there are other warning indicators. An interior movement sensor is available which can control. There is a central locking system available as well as a key integrated remote control too is offered for extra benefit. There is a keyless drive option with a personal car communication facility to it. This feature is specially offered only to the top end variant. Then there are follow me home headlamps that are made available in all the trims and this is immensely helpful in the darker hours of the day, when a little light would help see the way back. This model is quite family friendly, as the rear doors are integrated with child lock system, which avoids any possibility of the child to exit the car without authorization. The front side windows have a water repellent function. The side windows glasses are laminated and tempered as well. Furthermore, all the doors are equipped with power windows and also have auto up/down function to the buttons. There is a global open and closable doors along with a sunroof. Furthermore, two step airbags are fitted for both driver and the front co-passenger. A side impact protection system based airbags are available and additionally there are inflatable curtains too for extra protection. The fronts seats have whiplash protection offered and furthermore, these seats have seatbelts which have a reminder available to them. The seatbelts have a pyrotechnical pretensioners provided to them for more safety. This function is available for both the front and rear seats as well. The passenger side airbag has a cut-off switch facility to it. The emergency brake assist is integrated into all the trims for better handling and more safety. This braking mechanism with emergency braking has been additionally enhanced with light as well as flashing. All the variants are bestowed with an intelligent instrument cluster which has been stuffed with many notifications that would give driver all the necessary information.
The base variant, D4 Kinetic is fitted with a set of SEGIN 235/65R of 17 inches. Whereas, the D4 Summum and D5 Summum variants are fixed with Zephyrus 235/60R of 18 inches. The company has also equipped a full size spare wheel in the boot compartment along with all the tools, which are required to change a flat tyre.
1. Engine performance is very impressive.
2. Comfortable seating arrangement.
3. Proficient suspension and braking mechanism.
4. Loaded with a lot of safety features.
5. The entertainment unit is certainly an advantage.
1. Initial cost of ownership is quite costly.
2. Lesser number of authorized service centers.
3. Fuel economy is on the lower side.
4. Front headroom of 990mm is slightly less.
5. Automatic gear boxes are slightly sluggish.
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