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.
The most powerful engine variant available for Volvo S60 is the 6-cylinder, 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine known as the T6. As standard, it produces 304 horsepower and 440 Newton metres of torque. This provides quite a good performance for the Volvo S60. Acceleration from zero to 100 km/h takes 6,1 seconds and the top speed is 250 km/h. This kind of performance is usually enough for all your driving needs. But no matter how fast your car is, as the time goes by, you get used to its performance and the car may start to feel just a bit slow. Luckily, this kind of problem can be solved quite easily especially when you have a turbocharged engine. By tweaking the engine management system, you can have a nice improvement in the engine’s power output. However, with a chip tuning there is always a little risk that you don’t want to take, especially when you have a new car.
Volvo XC70 has been updated with some minor exterior changes. The headlamps have been redesigned and Active Xenon headlights are now available as an option. There is also a new body colour (Twilight Bronze) and a new wheel design available. Instead of the these exterior updates, there is more important things happening inside the car. The 2012 Volvo XC70 has been equipped with the new Sensus-infotainment system and new safety technologies like the City Safety system that comes as standard and the Pedestrian Detection that is available as an option. Also the twinturbo five-cylinder diesel, the D5, has been upgraded to deliver a bit more power.
Now there’s a new wagon model in the Volvo lineup. The all-new V60 is based on the S60 sedan and technically cars are pretty much the same, V60 offers just a bit bigger boot. Well, actually the difference between S60 and V60 is quite marginal when comparing the cargo space. The S60 has a load capacity of 380 litres, while V60 offers 430 litres to window line. The cargo space is increased to 557 litres when loaded to the roof and with rear seats dropped, capacity is boosted to 1241 litres. So V60 is by no means the most capacious Volvo estate car and even Volvo admits that. But it was never designed to be. Instead it is the most stylish and by far the best to drive. However, as being an estate car, it does have all the handy functionality for which Volvo wagons are famed.