The Volvo XC60 which sits a notch below the company’s XC 90 luxury crossover SUV, is the compact variant. Based on the company’s P3 platform it has been a top seller since 2009. The first generation of the XC 60- was shown at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show and in 2013 Geneva Motor Show- it was given a facelift. The second generation is ready to be unveiled and the 2017 Volvo XC60 comes with several enhancements. It may not match up the German rivals in sheer driving quality but makes up with its fabulously classy cabin, engines and excellent refinement. The basic SE trim is not bad either and you get solid value for money.
2017 Volvo XC60 – Exterior Body Styles and Interior Changes
The Volvo 2017 XC60 is based on the company’s SPA modular platform. The grille at front has been given a revamp. It is adorned with a good amount of chrome. The Slanted shaped headlights gives the vehicle a somewhat aggressive look from front. This 2017 XC60 Volvo gets oblong shaped fog lights. It no longer appears boxy from outside. There is a sense of proportion in its appearance. You get 4 trim levels to pick from SE, SE Lux, R-Design Lux and R-Design. The raised driving position ensures excellent visibility.
In the cabin, the styling is sleek and modern. The interior of the 2017 Volvo XC60 is spacious and lots of soft touch materials are there. It can accommodate 5 adult passengers without any issue. There is no third row of seats though. The dashboard is upgraded now and it is now driver centric. The cargo space is quite large for its class though there are rivals that have bigger cargo space. The seats are absolutely comfortable as expected from a Volvo car. You get amenities like power front seats, large sunroof, cruise control, satellite radio, and Bluetooth and USB connectivity. Features like tunnel-detecting headlamps, headlamp washers and Apple’s Car Play support makes the deal even sweeter. You may also opt for rear-seat entertainment system and heated seats. The floating centre console has an elegant design and switches feel sturdy. When it comes to Volvo cars, you can expect top-notch safety and infotainment features. The 2017 Volvo XC60 is no exception. It gets semi-autonomous driving feature on Volvo called ‘Pilot Assist’ and there is ‘City Safety’ anti-collision system. You however need to keep in mind that the anti-collision system works at speeds up to 20 mph and it may not be effective for evading collision with all types of moving objects. The 2017 Volvo XC60 scores well in safety tests, as it is. The Safety options include auto-braking system, collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping aid and distance alert. You also get anti-whiplash front head restraints and a set of airbags along with traction control and hill descent control. The 360-degree camera and blind spot warning features rounds up the segment. Along with standard infotainment system in the 2017 XC60, you can opt for additional features. The Sensus Connect system brings access to the internet, a 7-inch screen, sat-nav with lifetime updates and a DVD player. You also get a superb quality Harman Kardon DAB sound system. In fact, the Sensus system also features voice activation.
2017 Volvo XC60 – Modifications in the Engine
The 2017 Volvo XC60 has a three cylinder 2400 cc petrol engine with AWD. It generates 180 hp. The six speed automatic transmission is mated with this. There is an 187 b hp 2.0 litres diesel engine as well. It can reach a peak sped of 130 mph though the engine noise level may not go down well with all. Now, there is a 2.4 litres five-cylinder variant too. The engines are fine but when compared to rivals like Range Rover Evoque and BMW X3, they feel rather rough. A hybrid power train is also on offer which combines A 2.0 litres petrol engine along with an electric motor. In all variants engine noise sometimes can get a tad high. The suspension handles bumps and potholes reasonably well.
2017 Volvo XC60 – Expected MSRP and Availability
The 2017 Volvo XC60 may be sold for $ 36 000. This is the price of base trim and top end one may sell for $ 45 000. It may start selling by the end of 2016. Overall, there is very little not to like about the new 2017 XC60. It is a compact luxury crossover that gets most boxes ticked in almost all segments be it safety, Luxury, driving and styling etc. It also does pretty well in entertainment and in cabin luxury segments. It is only in engine performance and cabin noise insulation it lags behind the rivals. In its segment the 2017 Volvo XC60 will be pitted against contenders like Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, Lexus Nx 200t and Audi Q5. However, the revamped Acura RDX also gives it some steep competition. However, the 2017 Volvo XC60 still offers enough compelling reasons to choose it over others.