Founded almost a century ago, Swedish vehicle manufacturer, Volvo, leads by this simple philosophy – “Cars are driven by people. The guiding principle behind everything we make at Volvo, therefore, is and must remain, safety.” This statement continues to hold true in the brand’s latest offering – the 2018 Volvo XC60. Nine years since its original launch in South Africa the XC60 has since become Volvo’s best-selling model in the country.

Curious to get a feel of the newly released model, I recently visited Auto Baltic Volvo East Rand. Meeting the team of customer-centric individuals that are super eager, helpful and informative certainly invokes piece of mind in knowing that you will be received with excellent customer service and the best variety of Volvo models.

It is nearly impossible to miss the XC60 with its sharp, signature grooves and alluring curvatures. Its beautifully chiseled bonnet shows-off the model’s power and elegance – along with the large 19-inch alloy wheels and well-rounded wheel arches. The full LED headlights, T-shaped daytime running lights and bold tail lights express the vigor, suppleness and capability of this Scandinavian treasure. 

You can also tailor your own XC60 to one of Volvo’s bold trims; the elegant Momentum, the sporty R-design or the top-of-the-range Inscription trim. There are also other designs to can choose from in the XC60 line.

But wait, it doesn’t just end there, as this premium mid-size SUV is not just a pretty face – this foxy lady has the competencies to match…

A Sensus Connect infotainment system keeps you entertained with your favourite tunes during those long hauls in traffic, not to mention Bluetooth connectivity, WiFi tethering, navigation, USB Apple CarPlay or Android Auto connection. For added convenience, Tracker Connect provides you with roadside assistance whenever you need it, with a simple touch of a button. The crème de la crème of this Swedish beauty is the new CleanZone technology which removes harmful pollutants and particles from the air when filtered into the vehicle, ensuring a crisp, clean and fresh circulation.

With an Adult Occupant NCAP rating of 98%, the XC60 is regarded as one of the safest cars in the world. It features an enhanced City Safety Autonomous Emergency Braking System, which is complemented by steering support for when automatic braking is merely not enough for dodging an accident.

On top of the other amazing safety features, Oncoming Lane Mitigation and Blind Spot Information System assists in driver safety along with Volvo’s cutting-edge semi-autonomous driver assistance. The optional Pilot Assist boosts steering, acceleration and braking for up to 130km/h.

Another surprising aspect is the Drive-E facet which combines the fuel efficiency of a four-cylinder vehicle with the power output of a six or eight-cylinder vehicle.

This model has two diesel derivatives (D4 and D5) and two petrol derivatives (T5 and T6) – all with 8-speed automatic ATW gearboxes.

Greg Maruszewski – Managing Director, Volvo Car South Africa, “Locally, the XC60 is our most successful model to date.” These words echoed in truth when examining every element the Volvo XC60 has to offer – and it’s easy to see why.

Volvo has really gone the extra mile to provide consumers with the utmost in luxury, capacity, and primarily, safety. All models come standard with a 5-year/100 000km Volvo plan.

Head down to Auto Baltic East Rand and experience the glory of the new Volvo XC60, today.

By Inge Stols

Editor: Kersh Moodley