The logical choice: Volvo XC60 is confidence at its luxurious best

BY DARREN JOHN - MARCH 11, 2016

Volvo’s XC60 is the car every family should own. It’s the perfect size to comfortably transport mom, dad, three kids and a bunch of luggage or shopping in a classy yet understated way with everything that opens and shuts and, of course, cutting edge safety features.

I collected my test vehicle, a D4 Geartronic Momentum with the optional sports package, from Mark at Volvo Cars East London on a cold and rainy Tuesday morning where he gave me a brief rundown on the vehicle.

My first impression was how far the Volvo design has come over the years, but yet they still manage to keep its good looks quite reserved – a quality that will allow them to age well.

“The Swede’s don’t like to brag!” said Mark, jokingly, as we admired this fully loaded Royal Blue coloured beauty.

He was right. You’d never tell by looking at it, but the XC60 range, the best selling SUV in Europe, includes twelve features as standard than its nearest rival.

These include a DVD player with Bluetooth, USB and internet connection, dual-zone climate control, leather seats with a 40/20/40 split rear seat, electrically foldable and heated door mirrors, City Safety crash prevention, active bi-xenon headlights, roll over crash prevention, stability control, Hill Hold Assist, Whiplash protection, Dynamic Traction and Stability Control, six airbags, ABS with EBD and EBA.

The thing about driving a Volvo is that you expect it to be good and it is good, but you don’t notice how good it really is because it’s so great. This model was no exception.

What immediately caught my attention as I stepped inside was the elegant-yet-simple layout of the interior. With a mix of soft plastics and beautiful piano key black detailing, the level of fit-and-finish was nothing short of superb.

Although buttons and knobs continue to dominate the floating centre console instead of the fashionable touchscreen display, the arrangement looks neat and logically laid out.

The recipient of a mid-life refreshment four years ago, the XC60 now features Volvo’s advanced 2.0-lite Drive-E turbodiesel engine that first debuted on the bigger XC90, which incidentally was crowned 2016 SA Car of the Year earlier this month.

Punching out 140 kW and 400 N.m of torque, the XC60’s single turbo Drive-E responds with immediate effect and provides effortless forward momentum.

In the same vein, the eight-speed automatic gearbox was just superb and made cruising an absolute boon, as well as making mincemeat of the now infamous stop-start traffic.

My time with Volvo’s “baby” SUV had been brief but failed to turn-up any disappointment. Every turn of the wheel and touch of the accelerator was just plain driving perfection.  As one of company’s top sellers also in South Africa, the XC60 has just become more of a worry to its rivals.

To book a test drive, visit Volvo Cars East London at 95 Fitzpatrick Road, Arcadia or contact them on 043 704 4100, or on http://www.volvocars.com/za 

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