Volvo XC60 Review

By Nirupama Singh   |  May 1, 2014


Volvo has been storming the Indian car market with a slew of a new cars, the latest being the new Volvo XC60. The compact crossover SUV was the company’s best-selling model in 2009. The car has been launched in the Indian market in a 3 variants – the D4 Kinetic, D4 Summum and the D5 Summum. The engine used in all three trim levels is the same albeit tuned to provide different power outputs. Also, they are coupled with a six speed Geartronic automatic transmission. The Volvo XC60 is available in a range of 4 attractive colours – Black Sapphire Metallic, Crystal White Pearl, Bright Silver Metallic and Rich Java.

Powertrain & Performance

The new Volvo XC60 is equipped with the latest generation turbodiesel engine that gives good performance and fuel economy. The engine features a sequential twin-turbo and the latest Piezo high pressure injector technology and gives a high torque output across the rev range. The engine in the D4 variant is a 2.4 litre, 5 cylinder turbocharged diesel engine that puts out 163 hp. Under the bonnet of the D5 variant is the same engine, but it is tuned to give a higher power output of 215 hp. This new engine already complies with the Euro 5 exhaust emission requirements and is paired to a six speed Geartronic automatic transmission. This gearbox gives you the option of automatic mode for carefree driving as well as manual gearshift for when you want more control. Additionally, you have a winter mode that makes it easier to get underway when conditions are slippery. The Volvo XC60 can accelerate from 0-100 kph in less than 8.9 seconds and the top speed is 210 kph. The suspension in the Volvo XC60 is standard McPherson struts with hydraulic shock absorbers and stabilizer bars at both ends. The suspension works effortlessly and ensures a comfortable and quiet ride, both in the city as well as on highways. The advanced Haldex AWD system with Instant Traction features an electronic management system, which constantly monitors the speed of the wheels, the throttle position, engine torque, engine speed and the brakes. And as the driving tracks change, the wheels with the best grip get the most power. When a tyre loses traction, power is reduced to that wheel and instantly transferred to the more surefooted wheels.

Build & Styling

The Volvo XC60, which is a smaller version of the XC90, stands out in a crowd. The unique combination of wraparound headlamps, trapezoidal grille, the beefy bumper and the vertical LED parking light strips give it a very distinctive stance. The front and the rear seats of the Volvo XC60, supported by ergonomic design, pronounced side supports and luxurious padding, are one of the most comfortable ones in its class. Adding to the comfort quotient of the car are features like step-less lumbar support in the driver———s seat, manually adjustable front seats and power driver———s seat and manual height adjustable passenger seats. Forget the cold mornings in the winter season. Volvo presents heated seats for the driver, front seat passenger and the rear passengers in three settings. The Electronic Climate Control unit ensures a pleasant in-car climate. The driver front-seat passenger can regulate the temperature individually for each side. Also featuring is a built-in cabin filter that prevents dust, pollen and exhaust particles from entering the cabin. Volvo has gone the extra mile to keep the XC60———s occupants well informed and entertained. The Bluetooth automatically switches calls from the mobile phone to the hands-free system. A console-integrated radio and CD player with 6 loudspeakers and 4x20 amplifiers takes good care of your musical needs. It sounds good, looks good and it———s easy to use. The satellite navigation system featuring the high performance DVD system uses a combination of voice guidance and map displays to help you find the shortest and fastest way to your destination. Now, those long journeys won———t be so boring while you are in the rear passenger seats of the XC60. There are dual DVD players and dual 7-inch screens smartly integrated in the front head restraints. The safety features in the Volvo XC60 are more than you can keep a tab on. Some of the most amazing safety features included in the SUV are Adaptive cruise control with distance alert, Driver Alert Control, Lane Departure Warning, DSTC anti-skid system, ABS with Hydraulic Brake Assist and Ready Alert Brakes, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, remote control central locking system, lockable wheel bolts and a number of child safety equipment centrally operated child safety lock.


The XC60 from Volvo is a very capable car that———s packed to the hilt with safety features and innovative gadgets. And best of all, it———s all wrapped up in a very tasteful and good looking package that departs from Volvo———s old and boring design theme. While it may not be as sharp and crisp to drive as the latest, comparable models from Audi and BMW, one must keep in mind that that is not what Volvos are designed for. The XC60 focuses on a few aspects of motoring and does them very well.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • High on safety features
    • Value for money
    • Comfortable ride quality
  • Cons

    • Uninspiring to drive