2018 has been a good year for SUV owners so far.
We competence be casting a minds forward to summer now, yet interjection to a Beast from a East and several other continue phenomena, 4×4 buyers opposite Scotland had copiousness of event to exam their eagerness opposite a elements in a year’s initial quarter, proof to themselves once and for all that “yes, it was a good thought opting for a 4×4 after all”.
Volvo XC60 D4 AWD Momentum
Price: £37,205 (£46,200 as tested)
Engine: 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, diesel
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
Top Speed: 127mph
0-60mph: 7.9 seconds
C02 emissions: 133 g/km
And as fitness would have it, we too was means to smugly negotiate a snow-covered streets and nation lanes progressing this year as a light powdering became a full-on dump.
The attainment of Volvo’s XC60 press automobile in Feb meant we was ideally versed to panic buy milk, bread and gin, while Ford Focus and Honda Civic owners were forced to select between starving or frozen to death.
It’s been a good year for Volvo as well. Fresh off a XC40 winning European Car of a Year a XC60 went one improved and snared a World Car of a Year drum for 2018 during a New York Auto Show in March.
As good as a critics, buyers are impressed, and a XC60 has already doubled a foresee figure for orders given launch while assisting Volvo grasp record sales in 2017.
It’s easy to see why. The XC60 epitomises Volvo’s picture transition from frumpy, tedious and protected to stylish and high-end.The best cabin materials, reward sound complement and minimalist cabin pattern in a Momentum spec exam automobile rivals anything entrance out of Germany in a same cost bracket.
And Volvo is doing it yet a container compared with a Germans. No tailgating, non-indicating, motorway weaving stereotypes here. Volvo’s latest choice usurps a domain left empty by Saab for a thinking-man’s reward car. Think architects and art directors, not city boys and footballers.
It’s still nailing a reserve bit too yet and a XC60 was Euro NCAP’s best altogether performer in 2017’s tests. Volvo’s City Safety unconstrained puncture braking complement has been extended with steering support for when involuntary braking alone might not assistance equivocate a intensity collision. In further approaching line slackening with drive support that helps lessen head-on collisions and blind mark information complement with drive support functionality has been combined to revoke a risk of lane-changing collisions.
The XC60 is accessible with a operation of diesel and petrol engines as good as a T8 Twin Engine petrol plug-in hybrid during a tip of a powertrain range.
I tested a D4 car, that means a two-litre diesel engine corresponding to an eight-speed involuntary gearbox, putting out 187bhp and 295lb/ft torque.
The conditions during a exam meant that we was incompetent to put a acceleration or doing by a quite severe assessment, – roving as we was in a misfortune sleet to strike my area given 2010 – yet there’s copiousness of low and mid-range grunt on offer and a gearbox is well-spoken and discerning to change.
The float was gentle too and a XC60 seemed generally unfussed by a highway aspect that alternated between uninformed powder, pothole-fractured tarmac, jelly and ice.
The two-litre diesel sounded sincerely still and altogether excellence was good for an SUV – a bit of breeze sound was clear on forays out of a city – nonetheless maybe it was only clouds of self-satisfied emanating from me as one of a few who done it out of a driveway.
Pricing is decidedly reward –£46,200 for a exam automobile when we cause in options (£37,205 without) – pitching a XC60 adult opposite a likes of a Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLC.
It has a build and element peculiarity to go toe to toe with both of a German giants, as good as a badge that is proof some-more and some-more fascinating with British buyers. The Q5 wins on foot space though, with an additional 45 litres compared with a Swede.
That said, a XC60’s 495-litre luggage area is still copiousness big. More than adequate room for 60 loaves of bread and 40 litres of divert subsequent time it snows.