2018 Volvo XC60 Review: Ushering in A New Generation

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The Volvo XC60 compact luxury SUV has been in the market since 2008. But the company has now decided to usher in a new generation, the 2018 Volvo XC60. This model is said to be an evolution of both Volvo’s S90 sedan and XC90 SUV models. As a result, it is expected to have more improvements that will give it a superior road presence. To start with, it will be available in three engine choices including two gasoline engine options and the other one Plug-in hybrid powertrain. It will also have a roomy interior with a 9-inch Sensus Connect touch screen infotainment and come in three trim levels. In addition, this crossover SUV is expected to have access to Volvo’s Pilot Assist driving system and many other safety technologies.

Engine Overview

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The 2018 Volvo XC60 is definitely not built to look down on others but to drive. When it hits the showrooms, it will come in three powertrain options including T5, T6 and T8 Twin engine model series. The SUV comes standard with a 2.0 litre turbocharged T5 4-cylinder engine that gets 250hp and 258 lb-ft. of torque. With the T6, you get a 2.0 litre turbo and supercharged 4-cylinder engine with around 316hp and 295 lb-ft. of torque. The T8 on the other hand is expected to feature plug-in hybrid Twin engine and deliver 400hp as well as 472 lb-ft. of torque. It is therefore expected to accelerate to 60mph in just 5 seconds.

The manufacturer further mentions that the entire line-up will include all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission gearbox. But front-drive models are expected to follow later. The gearbox is smooth and the engine provides prompt thrust.

Car Handling

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Volvo has shown so much effort in improving the overall quality of their cars in recent years. With new and powerful drivetrains, this SUV promises to bolster its position as Volvo’s global best seller. The most significant upgrade is expected to be in driving performance of this car. According to the automaker, their plug-in hybrid drivetrain installed in the T8 is expected to offer superior acceleration and better fuel economy.

Featuring all-wheel –drive and 8-speed automatic transmission, the 2018 Volvo XC60 is expected to compete with many models like BMW X3 and Audi Q5 in terms of performance. As part of the makeover, this SUV is said to feature a new suspension setup for improved stability both on and off the road. The upgraded suspension will give it a spry demeanour for a composed and easy driving experience. Therefore, navigating through gravel roads is easy via the off-road mode available with this SUV and responsive steering wheel. Finally, the T5 and T6 models run on petrol with the T8 being powered by an electric motor and battery.

Exterior

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Thanks to Volvo’s new design language, the 2018 Volvo XC60 is more handsome than its top rivals. So, if you have a thing for crossover SUVs, you will find this car among the more handsome offerings on the market. From its intricate taillights to Volvo’s Thor’s hammer T-shaped LED headlights and undulating fender bulges, this SUV has a sportier appearance. The all new Volvo XC60 features recessed areas with inserts, a feature that makes it look more masculine.

Not to mention its dual wing grille, sleek body lines on the hood and along the sides that gives it a sporty and aggressive look. It is also expected to be longer, lower and wider compared to its previous models and light on its feet. With 18-inch aluminium wheels and 112.8-inch wheelbase, this car is expected to provide comfortable and smooth drive. But other trim levels have larger wheel sizes.

Interior

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The interior of the 2018 Volvo XC60 is expected to look like a downsized version of the XC90’s interior. Volvo’s cars are reputed for their comfortable seats and spacious cabin and the all-new XC60 is exemplary in this. With excellent build quality and beautiful designs, the interiors of this SUV are best-in class. It is designed to hold five people but due its narrower width, only four adults can sit comfortably in this car. Leather upholstery and aluminium inlays come standard along with a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat.

Every trim level also includes lumbar support with the higher end models offering leg support via mechanical extensions. Up close, the SUV’s dashboard and steering wheel spots top-notch materials that adds to this car’s clean and modern styling. The front seat also features four HVAC vents that lens the cabin luxurious air. Worth mentioning is its 22.4 cubic foot roomy cargo space when the rear seat is in use and 63.3 cubic feet when the seats are collapsed down.

Chassis

If not richer, Volvo claims that the materials used on this luxury SUV are on par with the competition thereby offering solid and secure handling. The automaker remains unique in its ability to use strong and lightweight materials that creates a sense of luxury in their cars. The 2018 Volvo XC60 features a steel and composite sprung chassis making it quite sturdy and reliable in all driving conditions. It also spots lightweight materials.

Everything from the interior finishes to the exterior design are made of premium materials that makes the car feel properly plush especially inside. Available in different wheel sizes, the standard trim level boast 18-inches alloy wheels while the other two 19 inches’ alloy wheels. The manufacturer also claims that this SUV was designed with comfort and confidence in mind with its steering clearly focused on ease-of-use.

2018 Volvo XC60 Safety Technology

At one point, Volvo was known as the automaker for safety. Although other automakers have caught up, Volvo still remains as one of the most advanced manufactures when it comes to safety. Their all new 2018 Volvo XC60 expected to hit the market soon is a showcase of many high-tech safety features. It is said to include some of the safety features in previous models with a few upgrades to keep everybody in the car safe. However, it is yet to be crash tested by the NHTSA and IIHS.

*Oncoming Lane Mitigation

As a driver, it is common to cross a road’s centre line inadvertently. While it is normal in some cases, it can be dangerous if you cross to the lane and there is oncoming traffic. That is why the 2018 Volvo XC60 is said to feature oncoming lane mitigation function. This function is designed to help the driver steer the SUV back into its right lane to avoid collision. As such, it works hand in hand with the Steer Assist function. The system will also nudge the car back into its lane if a drive tries to shift lanes into an occupied space. However, it is only activated if there is any sort of imminent risk of collision and the driver does not react.

*Blind Spot System

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The 2018 Volvo XC60 is also expected to include the blind spot function like with its other models. The system uses radar sensors at the rear bumper fascia to detect cars in your blind spot. This comes in handy especially when changing lanes and a vehicle is too close to yours such that you cannot see it via the side-mirrors. Working together with the Steer Assist function, the system will steer you back into your lane to mitigate a collision.

*Pilot Assist

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Volvo’s Pilot Assist system is also set to come standard with the 2018 XC60. The system is basically a semi-autonomous assistance function to keep the SUV in its lane at a set distance and speed so long as the road is clearly marked. With the 2018 Volvo XC60, the Pilot Assist is optional, works at speeds up-to 80mph and is primarily for highway driving. It usually removes the burden of having to adjust speed constantly with regards to the car in front of you and helps you to steer smoothly and effortlessly. This helps in keeping you centred in the lane whilst providing more comfortable driving especially in slow traffic.

*High Beam Headlights

Driving using low beam headlights above certain speeds especially at night can lead to insufficient visibility in responding to hazards on roads. That is why Volvo will be including the high beam in this SUV. Featuring intelligent sensors, the high beam headlights offer better visibility at night. They are designed to detect oncoming traffic. Basically, they will be activated automatically when the road in front is clear and dimmed if there is an oncoming car to minimize glare to the drivers.

*Automated Emergency Braking (AEB) 

With every luxury SUV automaker including the AEB safety technology in their cars, the 2018 Volvo XC60 will not be left behind. The system is designed to detect an impending forward collision with another car to prevent potential rear-end accidents. But first it alerts the driver so he can make the necessary action. If his reaction is not enough to stay away from the oncoming traffic, brakes will be automatically applied to lessen the severity of an accident.

Final Word

The 2018 Volvo XC60 is set to be offered in three different powertrain and trim level options. So, depending on one’s needs and preferences, buyers will not be limited in what they want. With new engines, a new exterior design, upgraded suspension setup and available in plug-in hybrid model, this crossover is set to compete with many high-end models. It provides a light steering action and improved on-centre heft as compared to the XC90. The interior on the other hand is comfortable and luxurious with so many thoughtful elements to give other automakers a run for their money. It is also expected to perform well both on-road and off-road although the truth behind this still remains to be seen. So, all we can do is wait.