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2021 Volvo XC60 facelift assessment, take a look at drive | Autocar India

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Volvo’s midsize luxurious SUV has been given a refresh, however extra importantly, it has had a change of coronary heart as nicely.

What’s it?

The XC60 is arguably the most well-liked mannequin in Volvo’s portfolio. Globally, it accounts for a giant chunk of the producer’s gross sales, however in India, it’s the one you purchase if you wish to stand out from the gang. With the introduction of an all-new model in 2017, the XC60 had an excellent quantity of success, however with the competitors upping the ante, it too has needed to make some distinguished modifications. And distinguished they’ve been, as a result of although the visible modifications is perhaps a bit too delicate, the one beneath the bonnet is something however.

What’s it like on the surface?

Nonetheless, how have you learnt that the XC60 you’re looking at is a facelift? Nicely, for starters, the chrome grille up entrance is now sharper and a bit extra trendy. Low down, you’ve got a revised bumper with a barely new design and new chrome parts added on. That’s about it. The remainder of the stuff we liked on the older model, just like the sharp LED headlamps with the Thor’s hammer Daytime Operating Lamps and the robust energy strains on the bonnet, have been carried over. It’s unmistakably an XC60, and that isn’t a nasty factor. Over to the facet, the silhouette is identical as earlier than, so there have been no modifications to the scale. However, you will note a contemporary and sporty design for the 19-inch alloy wheels.

On the rear, it’s the identical story because the entrance, with revised bumpers being the principle speaking level. The twin exhaust ideas are actually tucked away beneath the bumper, which supplies the XC60 a clear and uncluttered rear-end. Nevertheless, there’s a new badge now, and that’s the largest telltale signal of the facelift.

What’s it wish to drive?

The XC60 now wears the B5 badge, which in Volvo-speak means ‘gentle hybrid’. Gone is the clattery diesel from the older automobile, and in place is a 250hp, 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbo-petrol engine. And since it’s a gentle hybrid, it additionally will get a 48V battery that works along side the engine, serving to it out with higher gas effectivity and acceleration. That stated, the largest distinction is the bump up in refinement.

The engine is silent and, whilst you acquire pace, there may be barely any engine noise seeping in. Vibrations are nearly nil and the whole driving expertise is extraordinarily enjoyable. And enjoyable is what Volvo needs this SUV to be, which is why it has a extra laid-back character. There’s loads of grunt on provide and the 48V battery does assist out throughout preliminary acceleration, however do not anticipate to be grinning as you mash your proper foot. Energy supply is linear and the engine has a meaty torque band, however it misses out on the oomph that you just get from a few of its rivals. That stated, the battery help is seamless, and also you by no means really feel the system at work.

The opposite change additionally comes within the type of omission of standard drive modes, though there may be an off-road mode that helps on some mild trails. The 8-speed automated gearbox too isn’t essentially the most keen unit on the market. Shifts are easy, however it’s essential to be affected person with it. If you want for extra management and change to handbook mode, you’d have to regulate to tapping the lever to the left or proper for shifting up or down, which doesn’t really feel as participating. The shifts in handbook aren’t precisely fast both, so it is best left to the automobile to do the shifting. That stated, the gearbox isn’t insufferable by any means, and in the event you drive it like Volvo intends you to (sedately), try to be nice.

Then you’ve got the journey high quality, which is predicted to be plush and supple on a luxurious SUV. Sadly, that isn’t the case with the XC60 because it has carried over the traits of the earlier model. The suspension has a firmness that’s felt extra over pace bumps and on damaged roads at low speeds. The suspension thuds over a nasty patch of highway, and it’s only when you acquire momentum that the XC60 composes itself. Freeway stability is superb and undulations at excessive pace are masked completely. Nevertheless, it misses out on adaptive dampers that its German rivals get and doesn’t have the softly sprung journey like on the Audi Q5 or the Mercedes-Benz GLC both.

By now it’s clear that the XC60 isn’t an lovers’ selection, so dealing with is one thing it doesn’t actually take pleasure in. The steering is mild and breezy for snug maneuvering, however presents little by way of engagement. Though it has a mode whereby it provides a little bit of heft, the distinction is simply marginal. That stated, for a soothing drive, it’s good. And that’s the factor concerning the XC60, it’s unapologetically an SUV made for consolation and luxurious and the driving expertise echoes the inside which is plush and comforting.

What’s it like on the within?

The design is perhaps conversant in loads of vertical touches, however it’s nonetheless one which stands out and presents essentially the most wow-factor. The daring use of wooden and brushed aluminum, together with the 9-inch touchscreen that takes essentially the most actual property on the centre console, is all in keeping with the luxe attraction of the XC60. What’s new on this facelift is the up to date digital instrument cluster, which isn’t as intuitive as Audi’s Digital Cockpit, however matches in with the theme. Then, there’s the wi-fi charging pad proper beside the brand new crystal gear shifter. It positive provides extra bling and pop to the cabin and is one thing house owners would really like as nicely. Including yet another layer of security to the cabin is a PM2.5 air air purifier – a worthy addition given the present state of affairs. However the massive information is Volvo has partnered with Google, and consequently, you now have Google Maps as the usual navigation. There’s no must plug in your telephone anymore simply to entry maps.

There’s additionally Google Assistant at your disposal and you’ve got the choice of downloading music apps like Spotify. The touchscreen was already overloaded, and these have solely added to that. Sadly, the controls for the HVAC system are nonetheless hidden away within the infotainment system. Nevertheless, Volvo’s strongest level has at all times been its prolonged options listing and with the facelift, issues haven’t modified a lot. The highlights of the earlier model just like the 15-speaker Bowers and Wilkins audio system, therapeutic massage seats for the entrance passengers, heating and air flow for the entrance seats, four-zone local weather management, panoramic sunroof and the all-important radar-based security options have been carried over. The seats too are implausible by way of assist and house, on the whole, will not be a difficulty on the XC60. For the rear passengers, nonetheless, whereas kneeroom and headroom aren’t a difficulty, beneath thigh assist continues to be missing. But, the sense of luxurious could be very a lot there, and that’s the XC60’s important attraction.


Priced at Rs 61.90 lakh, it’s aggressive towards its German counterparts, and whereas they is perhaps the extra participating to drive or perhaps a bit extra snug, the XC60 brings with it opulence and an costly really feel that house owners choose much more. So, if you’re out there for a midsize luxurious SUV that focuses on the ‘luxurious’ bit, the up to date XC60 ticks all the precise bins.

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