The beautiful XC60 lets you know that this is Scandinavian craftsmanship at its best. Only one look tells you this car is ready for any activity or adventure. I took it for a test drive at Tom Campher Volvo Cars, Johannesburg.

Exterior

XC60’s dynamic, perfectly crafted, elegant exterior creates an impression of strength and refinement, with a sculpted bonnet and athletic curves that make a strong visual statement.

Full-LED headlights with distinctive T-shaped daytime running lights create an unmistakable impression, day or night.

There are two types available: LED illumination switches between dipped and full beam to provide the best view while avoiding dazzling other road users, and Active High Beam illumination technology keeps the lights on full beam but masks out the section that would blind oncoming traffic, providing optimum full-beam illumination. Active High Beam illumination also includes Active Bending Lights that turn in the same direction as the steering wheel, to give you a better view through corners.

Interior

The XC60 is very classy and business-like – it’s a perfect uncomplicated combination of form and function, creating a calm, inspiring space for you to enjoy every trip safely and without distraction.

Its finishes and carefully chosen materials are an example of contemporary craftsmanship with a minimalist interior that was designed with space and versatility in mind. Its thoughtfully designed seats maximise rear legroom, while the load compartment is well shaped, with a volume of 505 litres to the top of the backrest and up to 1444 litres when rear backseats are folded.

The power-operated tailgate also makes loading and unloading easier. All you need to do is press a button on the car’s remote control, dashboard or tailgate, and it opens or closes. When combined with the keyless entry option it also offers a hands-free function that means you can even open or shut the tailgate by simply moving your foot under the rear bumper.

Tech

Naturally this is a Volvo, which means it’s definitely not shy when it comes to tech. The centre touchscreen display combines sleek design and easy of use, with bold, clear graphics. An advanced voice control function allows you to operate climate control, navigation, media and telephone functions using natural speech patterns. Listening to music and staying in touch and connected on the go is all possible thanks to a range of apps and sophisticated audio systems.

A 360-degree Camera helps to make parking effortless by showing a birds-eye view of your car and its immediate surroundings on the large centre display screen. Park Assist Pilot also helps you park perfectly – it uses sensors to gauge the size of available spaces as you drive by them and let’s you know if one is big enough. It can then steer the car into a parallel space just 1.2 times the length of the car, or into a perpendicular space. All you need to do is follow the screen prompts and operate the gears and brakes as the car steers itself into space.

Power & performance

The XC60 comes with a 2-litre four-cylinder turbo charged diesel engine that puts out 140kW of power and 400Nm of torque, and accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 6.8 seconds.

You have a choice of drive modes that allow you to adapt the driving experience to your needs. You can switch between three default settings for the engine, automatic gearbox, steering, brakes, stability control system and engine start/stop function. And you can create your own combination with individual mode. All you do is simply toggle through the drive settings – which are displayed on the 7-inch centre display – using the roller control between the front seats.

Safety

Safety is one of the most important aspects at the heart of every Volvo car and it is no doubt that Volvo is among the leaders in vehicle safety. Safety features include Volvo’s City Safety Autonomous Braking system, Oncoming Lane Mitigation with Steer Assist and Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Steer Assist Functionality. Ultra-high strength boron steel – one of the strongest types of steel available – forms a rigid safety cell around the car, while crumple zones front and rear dissipate energy in the event of a collision.

Pricing starts at R850 000 – cash back R60 000 – R790 000

Contact Tom Campher Volvo Cars, Johannesburg at 010 593 3115 to find out more about the XC60, or to book a test drive.

Source: Volvo Cars South Africa