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Volvo XC60 Review 2015

7 years ago

Good points

  • Tractable, punchy, efficient new diesel
  • Refined and comfortable interior
  • Still the fresh, quirky choice

Needs work

  • More expensive than you might expect
  • Torque steer in two-wheel-drive models
  • Cost of safety packages

It’s not the newest or the most expensive premium SUV, but new updates to Volvo’s XC60 keep it punching towards the top of the class.

The Volvo XC60 has now been around for six years. Volvo runs its SUV platforms for longer than their German competitors – the full size XC90 turned thirteen this year, with a new generation arriving shortly. We’re pleased to report, though, that the XC60 feels the opposite of long-in-the-tooth. New, much-improved engines and some cabin refinements have been recently added to the XC60’s solid foundations. Together, they create what may be the best premium mid-sized SUV.

ChasingCars.com.au borrowed this vehicle for our Volvo XC60 review:

  • 2015 Volvo XC60 D4 Kinetic (base trim), with the 2.0-litre Drive-E turbodiesel four-cylinder and eight-speed automatic, in Caspian Blue with black leather, priced at $59,990 before on-road costs.

Key specs (as tested)

Engine
Capacity
2.0L
Cylinders
4
Induction
Single turbocharger
Power
133kW @ 4250rpm
Torque
400Nm @ 1750–2500rpm
Configuration
Conventional
Power to weight ratio
76kW / tonne
Fuel
Fuel type
Diesel
Fuel capacity
70L
Consumption
4.9L / 100km
Average Range
1429km
Drivetrain
Transmission
Automatic
Drivetrain
Front wheel drive
Engine configuration
In-line
Gears
8
Dimensions
Length
4644mm
Width
1891mm
Height
1713mm
Unoccupied weight
1748kg
Cargo space seats up
495L
Cargo seats down
1455L

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