If seen, the XC holds a lot of importance in Volvo’s portfolio and the range in India is XC40, XC60 and XC90, out of which we have reviewed the XC60 and it comes with the new generation petrol mild-hybrid version. However, the company has not only made petrol engine but also many cosmetic changes in it as a facelift.
Looks and Design
First of all, if we talk about the looks, then the chrome grille in the front now looks sharper and looks more modern than before. At the bottom, you can see the new bumper, a slightly redesigned design and new chrome elements have been added here. Rest of the things remain the same as that of the old version, as can be seen here with sharp LED headlamps along with Thor’s hammer-inspired daytime running lamps and strong power lines on the bonnet. The fog lamps can be seen down and they are low enough that you may not even be able to see them from the front at first glance.
Looking from the side, you only see the old silhouette. There is no change in the dimensions as well and the 19-inch alloy wheels are seen giving you a fresh and sporty design. The story at the rear is also similar to that of the front. The bumper is new. Dual exhaust pipes are seen, which are inside the bumper. Along with this, you also get to see new badges on the rear profile.
What’s new in the interior?
come to the interior Volvo XC60 Giving you a traditional design. Vertical elements are seen everywhere, whether you see the AC vents or this 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system. To give a complete luxury feel, you get to see the bold use of wood and brushed here. Now what are the changes in the interior in the form of facelift, then let’s talk about them. You can see this updated 12.3-inch instrument cluster here, which looks like Audi’s virtual cockpit, but it is not at all, as it uses Google Maps. Yes, Volvo has partnered with Google, due to which you can see Google Maps standard here and this system now comes with e-SIM. That is, you do not even need to run the internet from your phone’s bluetooth or smartphone.
Apart from this, the company has given wireless charger and new crystal gear shifter in it. Along with this, PM2.5 air purifier has also been provided for clean air in the cabin. With this, Volvo has left no shortage of features in the form of a facelift model. 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system is available. Front passengers get ventilated seats, four-zone climate control, large panoramic sunroof and radar based safety features. That is, the way the best ADAS features in the segment are found exclusively in it, they are still given.
Talking about the seats, they also look great. In terms of comfort, support and space, there is no problem of kneeroom and headroom for rear passengers. However, Thai support could have been a bit better.
Engine and performance
The Volvo XC60 now gets the B5 badge, which means mild hybrid. The diesel engine was available in the old variant, which has now been removed. Well, when the Volvo XC40 was launched in 2020, the company had clearly said that it is removing the diesel engine from its car lineup and that is why after the XC40, now the company has given a 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine in the XC60. Which comes with 48V mild hybrid technology and this new hybrid system works really well in this vehicle. You get the power of about 250 bhp and torque of 350 Nm in it. The engine comes standard with an 8-speed gearbox.
The engine is very silent and you do not hear the sound of the engine while driving. Vibrations are also nil and the entire driving experience feels comfortable. Power delivery is linear and you can also see good torque in the engine. But as soon as you pick up the speed, you may not find it as fast as other German cars, but to be honest, you are quite happy with it. The 48V mild-hybrid battery also works great and if there is a 2 minute red light in traffic or not, it stays off for two minutes when the vehicle is stopped. Unlike other vehicles, it starts in 30 seconds or 45 seconds, with this new mild hybrid system you get good mileage as well.
You can also notice the omission of drive modes in this vehicle, though there is an off-road mode which helps on some mild trails. Can’t call the 8-speed automatic gearbox the best unit, but the sifting is smooth and does require a bit of patience. Paddle shifters are also not available, which I think the company needed to provide.
Talking about the ride quality, as you would expect a luxurious ride from a luxury SUV, you do not get it from the XC60 because the company has carried forward the ride quality of the old version. A firmness can be seen in the suspension which you may feel more on speed bumps and broken roads at low speeds. Handling looks great and efficient. Overall, it is fun to drive and for those who like to drive decently, this SUV is one of the best SUVs out there.
The Volvo XC60 competes with the Mercedes-Benz GLC, BMW X3 and Audi Q5 facelift. Its price in the Indian market is Rs 61.9 lakh (ex-showroom). It looks more likeable and comfortable to drive than German cars. In terms of luxury, you also get more features in this vehicle, so if you are going to buy a midsize luxury SUV in the market, then you can consider the updated XC60.