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Following the profitable reboot of its 90-Collection crossovers, sedans and wagons, Volvo’s 60-Collection borrows the platform, engines and options, however in a downsized bundle. That is smart contemplating the Scalable Product Structure (SPA) was initially designed with the 60-Collection in thoughts. However, regardless of sharing nearly every thing between the 2 fashions, the 60-Collection, at the least within the XC format, comes throughout feeling like a distinct animal.

The XC60 is available in 349 kilos lighter than its large brother, which might give Volvo an apparent excuse to detune the engine to maintain the efficiency according to the remainder of the model — it didn’t. As an alternative, the Volvo XC60 is a nimbler and faster individuals mover than the XC90.

As with different luxe or near-luxe crossovers, a significant factor in individuals throwing certainly one of these into their very own storage is the styling and the options. This Volvo, unsurprisingly to anybody that has seen the XC90, has each. Hammering the “dash-to-axle” (the gap between the dashboard and the center of the entrance wheels) ratio, the oldsters at Volvo spelled out what makes this crossover look so good-looking. The lengthy nostril and the tight overhangs give it a balanced and composed look, once more like its 90-Collection sibling.

The tech options are reasonably upgraded from the present mannequin. The brand new XC60 has adaptive cruise management, lane retaining, a pace limiter, lane-departure warnings and blind-spot data (BLIS) with steer help. Mainly, the XC60 has the identical security suite because the XC90 and is edging nearer to the autonomous autos of the longer term.

Along with the digital nannies, Volvo moved the windshield washer from the hood and constructed it into the wiper arms. This would possibly seem to be an insignificant transfer, nevertheless it’s cool — not like the GM merchandise of the ’90s that had a sprayer slapped onto the wiper arm, this technique bleeds washer fluid by means of the wipers and helps hold sight traces clear.

Drive Critiques

Gallery: 2018 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD first drive

The Execution

Volvo’s three powertrains for the XC90 are introduced alongside to the XC60, however solely the twin-charged T6 was out there for testing. Twin charging, for the uninitiated, is utilizing each a supercharger and a turbocharger to get the benefits of each methods — on the spot increase from the supercharger and the top-end efficiency of a turbo. The force-fed 2.Zero-liter I4 sends 320 hp by means of an eight-speed computerized transmission and into an all-wheel-drive system.

Within the XC60, the engine pulls tougher than it does within the XC90 because of much less weight and a smaller footprint. Rolling into the throttle in consolation mode, you’ll really feel a nice linear acceleration — nearly like a naturally aspirated engine. Transfer to dynamic mode and the throttle tip-in turns into extra aggressive and your foot has extra of a say in what the XC60 desires to do.

The eight-speed transmission handles energy effectively and is shudder-free. Shift speeds are acceptable for a torque converter-based computerized however aren’t anyplace close to as fast as a dual-clutch transmission.

To maintain the rubber planted to the highway, Volvo went with a double wishbone entrance suspension and a multi-link rear. In base trim, metal springs within the entrance and a composite traverse leaf spring out again hold bumps at bay. If a transverse leaf spring sounds straight out of a Ford Mannequin T, effectively, you’d be proper. Nonetheless, if you happen to wander to a Chevy seller and take a look at the rear suspension of a brand-new Corvette, you’ll discover one there, too. As with another luxe-utes, you may change these springs with an air suspension.

We solely examined the air experience system, which coasts over bumpy terrain with out spilling an excessive amount of of your morning espresso. The setup additionally allows you to manipulate experience top, giving extra floor clearance in off-road mode. Physique roll and brake dive are each current, particularly in consolation mode, however diminish when the automotive is in dynamic mode.

Pedal really feel beneath harsh braking is agency with a linear stroke, which ought to aid you keep snug in quick-stop conditions. The steering is electrical — as in most vehicles lately — and adjustments with the drive mode selector, including and taking away weight relying on which mode you choose. As with most electrically assisted steering methods, you don’t really feel related to the pavement. That’s positive on this class of automotive: In actual fact, we anticipate isolation. House owners most likely gained’t be doing any autocross or track-day occasions of their XC60.

No, as an alternative you’ll probably be cruising alongside within the snug cabin, twiddling with the Sensus media system. Just like the 90-Collection Volvos, the inside of this XC60 is spectacular. Leather-based wraps practically every thing and is accented by light-colored wooden and premium brightwork. Hopping into the again seat, you gained’t need to duck to suit comfortably, even if you happen to’re a grown grownup. The Sensus system’s large display is built-in into the sprint’s styling and is fast to behave and responsive to the touch. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto each do a positive job of sending data out of your telephone to the automotive’s media display.

Drive Critiques

Gallery: 2018 Volvo XC60 Inside

The Verdict

Will this be remembered like the present Polestar-badged Volvos, the P1800 or any of the opposite uber-cool Swedish rockets of yore? No, most likely not. The XC60 isn’t an homage to Volvo’s quirky-but-cool previous — as an alternative, it’s proof the corporate is attempting to compete head-on with the perfect luxurious autos on the planet. Just like the XC90, the XC60 is a strong push ahead for Volvo’s new period. The remainder of the 60-Collection vehicles will certainly observe its path. On the very least, in a sea of Audi Q5s, Mercedes-Benz GLEs and BMW X5s, the Swedish crossover will make you stand out.

On Sale: August 2017

Base Worth: $45,895

Drivetrain: 2.Zero-liter twincharged I4, eight-speed computerized; AWD

Output: 320 hp at 5,700 RPM and 295 lb-ft of torque from 2,200-5,400 RPM

Curb Weight: four,Zero45 kilos

Professionals: The two.Zero-liter I4 feels a lot quicker than the XC60’s large brother because of its lighter weight.

Cons: The Sensus touchscreen’s sensitivity might be shocking.

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