Volvo has updated its best-selling model, the Volvo XC60 for the model year 2014. We took a test drive with the XC60 D5 AWD which is the top-of-the-range of the diesel lineup. There are many new features and new looks, but Volvo XC60 still still feels very familiar. What makes all Volvo cars great is that it always welcomes you warmly. Even if you haven’t driven one before, Volvo is very easy to get acquainted with.
This newer version is easiest to recognize from its redesigned front end. The new headlamps and the horizontal lines on the grille have been designed to emphasise the car’s width. The chrome frame around the grille has been removed and the ironmark badge is now bigger. The radar cover has been painted gloss black. At the rear, completely new feature are the integrated tailpipes. You might also notive, that now all the black body parts have been removed and replaced by body-coloured parts. There are also new wheel options available. The XC60 can be fitted with massive 20-inch alloys.
The new 2014 Volvo XC60 looks so good in its standard form, that you start to wonder if you need the R Design package at all. The R Design package is also available for the new XC60 if you want something even more special. Unfortunately the new and sportier exterior have one minor drawback. When the bumpers and side skirts are painted with the same colour as the rest of the car, and you have 20-inch wheels with low profile tyres, you really don’t want to take this car outside the tarmac. This probably isn’t a problem for most of the drivers, but some buyers might choose the SUV just because they sometimes need to drive on gravel roads.
The new interior features of the Volvo XC60 includes new wood inlays, a new headliner, textile B-pillars and the silk metal frames around the air vents and light controls. There is also a new sport seat available. Among other new features available for the XC60, also available for S60 and V60, are Adaptive Digital Display, Cornering Light and heated windscreen.
The new Adaptive Digital Display is an active TFT (Thin Film Transistor) crystal display. It offers three graphic themes; Eco, Elegance and Performance. The Eco theme features a green background illumination and displays an Eco meter and the current and accumulated fuel consumption. The Elegance theme looks like a traditional Volvo instrument display, while the Performance theme gives you a sportier look with red background illumination and large digitally displayed speedometer.
The new electrically heated windscreen is a great benefit when driving in the winter time, or especially before you start the drive. When electrically heated, a thin ice cover melts very quickly from the windscreen. This makes all those cold winter morning starts much more comfortable. The new heated windscreen option is available for cars equipped with rain sensor. Another great new feature for winter driving is the heating for steering wheel.
The completely new engine variants for the Volvo XC60 are the four-cylinder Drive-E engines T5, T6 and D4. The most powerful is the T6 which features a combination of a compressor and a turbo charger and produces 306 hp and 400 Nm. Fuel consumption with new 8-speed automatic is 7.3 l/100 km. The T5 delivers 245 hp and 350 Nm and the D4 diesel 181 hp and 400 Nm.
This D5 is the same power source as before. From the displacement of 2,400cc, it produces 158 kW (215 hp) and 440 Newton metres of torque when paired with an automatic gearbox. With the manual, the maximum torque is 420 Nm. With the six-speed automatic transmission, the Volvo XC60 D5 AWD can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 8,3 seconds. The Volvo XC60 D5 with the automatic transmission and all-wheel drive is a very comfortable and enjoyable to drive. There is enough power for all the driving situations, but you would expect the performance to be even better. New option are the paddle shifters, which are available with the automatic transmission. With the paddle shifters it is much easier to order the gear changes in the manual mode. Unfortunately there is a bit of delay before the gear change takes place. For that reason, it is more enjoyable to let the automatic do all the work.
The Corner Traction Control is now standard feature in the XC60. This torque vectoring system helps the driver avoid understeer by applying brake force to the inner wheels while powering the outer wheels when accelerating out of a corner. The XC60 is also available with the front-wheel drive, but the all-wheel drive makes the car much more capable. The ground clearance of the XC60 is 230mm. Although Volvo XC60 isn’t an offroader, the Hill Descent Control is available as an option. This system controls the car’s speed when driving down steep slopes.
- 158 kW (215 hp) / 4000rpm
- 440 Nm / 1500-3000rpm
- 6-speed automatic
0-100km/h / 0-62mph
- 8.3 seconds
- 205 km/h
- 6.4 l/100km
- 169 g/km