Johannesburg - Volvo has been keeping its rivals on their toes of late, having seriously upped its SUV game - first with the classy second-generation XC90 back in 2015 and more recently with the funky new XC40.
The middle child in the line-up, Volvo’s XC60, has also been completely renewed, and this second-generation model has now been launched in South Africa. The new XC60 certainly puts its mid-sized dimensions to good use in that it appears more mature than its aforementioned smaller sibling, yet sportier than its bigger brother.
Rearing to take on the latest Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC, the XC60 shifts onto Volvo’s modern and flexible SPA platform that also underpins all the latest ‘90’ models and the new SUV comes jam-packed with safety tech.
The City Safety auto-braking feature, for instance, gains steering assistance, while a new function called Oncoming Lane Mitigation also uses this feature to help mitigate head-on collisions. City safety is standard along with Volvo’s Lane Keeping Aid.
The Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving package, which includes active cruise control, and which can assist with acceleration, braking and steering on well-marked roads up to 130km/h, is a R19 200 option.
As has become the norm for Volvo in SA, customers will be offered a wide variety of engine and spec options, with D4, D5, T5 and T6 engines all available in either Momentum, R-Design or Inscription trim guises. A T8 flagship, powered by Volvo’s 300kW plug-in hybrid drivetrain, is under consideration for our market.
All of the petrol and diesel engines offered are Volvo designed, 2-litre turbocharged units, with varying outputs:
|T5 petrol||187kW||350Nm||6.8 sec|
|T6 petrol||235Nm||400Nm||5.9 sec|
|D4 diesel||140kW||400Nm||8.4 sec|
|D5 diesel||173kW||480Nm||7.2 sec|
All engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and Volvo’s permanent all-wheel-drive system, and for an extra R26 750 buyers can opt for air suspension with four driver-selectable modes, including an ‘Off Road’ function.
The cabin, and we say this very thankfully, follows the same design direction as the larger XC90, with a feast of soft-touch surfaces sprinkled with satin chrome trimmings and some classy stitching - and garnished with a wave-like inlay that runs across the middle of the dash, which can be finished in a variety of metal or wood trims depending on the model selected.
Your command centre is Volvo’s tablet-like Sensus touchscreen infotainment system with satnav, which is standard along with Volvo’s 31.2cm digital instrument cluster - meaning it’s an all-digital affair from the get-go.
Also standard fitment on all XC60 versions is dual-zone climate control, power-adjustable front seats, cruise control, auto lights and wipers and a multi-function steering wheel.
As for the trimmings, seats are upholstered in leather across the range and base models roll on 18-inch alloy wheels, while opting for the R-Design or Momentum grades gets you fancier-looking 19-inch alloy wheels and various trim-specific styling tweaks.
Generous as the standard amenities are, there is still a fairly substantial list of optional items, including among others, head-up display (R14 900), massaging front seats (R5600), Park Assist Pilot (R7900) and a 360-degree camera (R12 750).
All models are sold with a five-year/100 000km warranty and maintenance plan.
VOLVO XC60 PRICES
|Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum||187kW/350Nm||R686 546|
|Volvo XC60 T5 Inscription||187kW/350Nm||R730 646|
|Volvo XC60 T5 R-Design||187kW/350Nm||R732 946|
|Volvo XC60 T6 Momentum||235kW/400Nm||R738 034|
|Volvo XC60 T6 Inscription||235kW/400Nm||R782 184|
|Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design||235kW/400Nm||R784 484|
|Audi Q5 2.0TFSI quattro||185kW/370Nm||R754 000|
|BMW X3 xDrive30i||185kW/350Nm||R753 151|
|Jeep Cherokee 3.2L Limited||200kW/315Nm||R688 900|
|Mercedes-Benz GLC300||180kW/370Nm||R775 391|
|Volvo XC60 D4 Momentum||140kW/400Nm||R666 024|
|Volvo XC60 D4 Inscription||140kW/400Nm||R710 124|
|Volvo XC60 D4 R-Design||140kW/400Nm||R712 424|
|Volvo XC60 D5 Momentum||173kW/480Nm||R735 636|
|Volvo XC60 D5 Inscription||173kW/480Nm||R779 836|
|Volvo XC60 D5 R-Design||173kW/480Nm||R782 036|
|Audi Q5 2.0TDI quattro||140kW/400Nm||R704 000|
|BMW X3 xDrive20d||140kW/400Nm||R693 869|
|BMW X3 xDrive30d||195kW/620Nm||R881 213|
|Jaguar F-Pace 20d Pure||132kW/430Nm||R785 704|
|Mercedes-Benz GLC220d||125kW/400Nm||R706 010|
|Mercedes-Benz GLC250d||150kW/500Nm||R730 436|