Just enjoy the simple things
Well, those who read me know that SUVs are far from being the chosen ones of my heart (Citroën Ami climbs ahead), but I have to admit that the Swedish model knows how to hit the mark. Launched in late 2017, the XC60 has recently been updated.
Visually, there is almost no evolution, and the SUV thus preserves its smooth lines and its refined style, sinking neither in one upmanship nor in caricature.
It continues to adorn itself with a simple grille decorated with symbols and arranged with lights and a design inspired by Thor’s hammer, which is enough to make the brand recognizable at first glance.
At the rear, it’s just as recognizable, with high-mounted vertical lamps and pronounced edges.
The R-Design adds a sporty side without going too far, including its 21-inch double-spoke wheels.
Inside, the Volvo SUV still has plenty of reasons to please the German competition, and quality is always achieved through careful choice of materials and modifications. That beauty will be at the level of the multimedia system that now includes Google Maps.
The advantage is that you will finally be able to get the full integration of this system on the counters, allowing you to go even further with Android Auto.
The system also takes into account the combination as well as payment times if you want to plan a trip.
The XC60 also has practical features, with storage arranged here and there, as well as smartphone charging.
If the space in the back seats is good and can easily transport 2 adults (and 1 child), the good news is that the hybrid has very little impact on the boot volume with 468 l, or only 15 less compared to the hot versions, to put XC60 in the middle of the segment.
Built to last
The intention of this modification will be to replace the level of the electrical part, with great promise.
Thus, the SUV finds itself with a new battery of 18.8 kWh (against 11.6 kWh previously) that advertises 77 kilometers of autonomy in 100% electric mode.
The new power also changes with 350 cumulative hp for the T6 version and 455 hp for the T8 version, both of which are a combination of a 4-cylinder internal combustion engine and an electric motor.
With 0 to 100 km / h shooting in 5.7 s and 4.9 s respectively for the T6 and T8, these two versions show that the XC60 becomes sporty, while in fact, it remains very sensible from the start. the appearance of the first bends.
The movement of money is certainly there, but it is not as difficult as the German competition. Its main purpose is to preserve, even with a rock, and therefore it has strong properties to achieve this, between good damping, excellent sound insulation (especially on the road) and smooth operation of the gearbox.
If the switch between electricity and fuel is, moreover, smoothed, I regret however not having a button on the central console to easily switch between different driving modes, such as being able to control the mixing.
We find ourselves constantly navigating through the menu to make these changes. During this test, the first good surprise comes from the fact that the T6 keeps its promise with (under normal and restrictive driving) a mark close to the 77 kilometers declared for 100% electricity.
The second nice surprise comes from the fact that the XC60 retains its large 71 l tank, allowing it to keep a range of steps.
If we point the finger (I first) to the use of hybrid vehicles when the electric battery is empty, the Swedish SUV T6 was smooth during the trip outside, especially since there is no charging station n made to respect the time.
Therefore, it showed an average consumption of 7.9 l / 100 (as a reminder, with 350 hp), while the T8 was more greedy with 9.7 l / 100 useful for return.
Considering the current price of gasoline, this latest version is unfair, especially since the complete electric range remains almost the same, as does the road behavior.
It is very surprising, but if the XC60 has one of the largest battery capacities on the market (excluding the new Mercedes GLC), the manufacturer has not bothered to equip it with a suitable on-board charger, thus reaching 6.4 kWh.
Then we find ourselves stranded on the highway, unable to use the fastest charging stations and thus having to take our problems patiently (allowing 3 hours for recharging), especially since Volvo is a bit abusive with the charging cable. T2 recharge for public stations (415 euros).
With the redesign, the Swedish manufacturer took the opportunity to clean up its engine lineup, putting only one gasoline unit in the compact hybrid and 2 gasoline units in the rechargeable hybrid.
The hybrid version of the plugin shows a the first price of salt for 72,130 euros for the T6 version, which can go up to 80,230 euros in the Ultimate finish. The T8 version (455 hp) demands 3,000 euros more than the T6 and offers access to the Polestar Engineered sports finish, then topping out at 87,480 euros.
In front of the XC60… the competition is unbeatable if we compare on all electronic freedoms. We find, of course, the BMW X3 xDrive 30e of 292 hp, with prices ranging from 62,250 euros to 78,000 euros in the M Performance finish… but with a higher official autonomy of 50 km.
Ditto on the Audi side, with 299 hp Q5 50 TFSI e, at a price ranging from 68,630 euros to 77,530 euros at the Avus end… and with a range of 62 km in 100% electric.
The Volvo XC60 charges more for its high-end autonomy (in 100% electric and overall), but it still remains a great asset compared to its competitors and with neat build quality.
It remains the case of the new Mercedes GLC which, recently, has changed the situation by showing a 100% electric range of more than 110 km, but at an unknown price at the moment.
Plugin combos are all the rage right now, and that’s a shame! Because, with such freedom in 100% electricity in general (km 800-900), the modified XC60 scores well against the struggling German competition of this generation. Of course there is a price to pay, but that also gives you access to a driving experience with total comfort as well as presentation worth paying for. Unless you’re interested in the Polestar Engineered finish (in the T8 only), the T6 version is more than adequate for all modes of transport.