Going by recent news, the new 2018 Volvo XC60 is already expected to be a homerun thanks to the successful formula its architecture is based upon. It retains all the traditional values the model has been known for over the years, while at the same time integrating all the latest there’s in terms of technology and material quality.
One single look at this machine and one immediately gets a clear understanding why it has been Volvo’s best-selling vehicle for years. It is so good so much that it ages like wine – the older it becomes the more buyers it attracts. Although this is unusual in the automobile world where vehicles depreciate as fast as they surface, the XC60 has actually been able to hack it.
The new 2018 Volvo XC60 aims to stand out from the rest of the gazillion options out there by capitalizing on its strengths. Like a Swede, the new model is humble, controllable, and quiet. No naked celebrities poses, no crazy PR stunts, and no ephemeral racing on the famous German track.
But what’s new? First, the new model has completely been redesigned for the 2018 year model. All visual aesthetics are in line with the latest Volvo design language. Most of the designing compares to its bigger brother – the Volvo XC90 – but of course they aren’t carbon copies of each other.
Secondly, the new model benefits from big car technology. There’re lots of electrical infrastructures that’ve been borrowed from the 90 series models. Most of these being the In-Car technologies that include infotainment, convenience, and entertainment features.
Thirdly, the new 2018 Volvo XC60 shares its engines with its bigger brothers. For example, it comes with engines that produce impressive output ranging from the ‘modest’ 250 horsepower produced by the base 2.0L four-cylinder engine to the feisty 400 horsepower generated by the gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid engine at the top of the trim ladder.
And lastly, all new for 2018 is a new T8 plug-in hybrid model. The synergy in performance is achieved through configuring the base engine to drive the front wheels while the electric motor is left to do its own thing at the rear.
More room for the rear passengers is also a welcome addition. All in all, we see it as scaled, souped version of the XC90.
2018 Volvo XC60 Interior Review & Exterior Design
The interior one gets is dependent upon which trim model one prefers. So for 2018, Volvo offers three trim levels – XC60 Momentum, XC60 R-Design, and XC60 Inscription.
Even as barebones as the XC60 Momentum may appear, it comes generously equipped with a dizzying list of impressive features. The suite of exterior features include automatic high beams, Thor’s Hammer LED daytime running lights, aluminum roof rails, 18-inch alloy wheels, a power-operated tailgate, tinted windows, and rain-sensing wipers.
Those for the interior include 10-way adjustable power front seats, Bluetooth connectivity, and a dual-zone automatic climate control system.
Climbing a notch higher the trim ladder gets you the XC60 R-Design model. Here, the exterior suite of features include 19-inch alloy wheels, and a model-specific body kit. The sporty appearance of this trim is all owed to this kit. Inside, there’s keyless entry, sporty seats, a driving mode selector, shift paddles, and a 12.3” digital instrument cluster. The top-of-the-range XC60 Inscription model goes all out with a cooled glove compartment, LED front fog lights, gorgeous driftwood trim, four-zone automatic climate control, and illuminated door handles.
Exterior colors include Ice White, Electric Silver Metallic, Crystal White Pearl Metallic, Osmium Grey Metallic, Onyx Black Metallic, Maple Brown Metallic, Denim Blue Metallic, Pine Grey Metallic, Fusion and Red Metallic
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Moving on, another area that Volvo was expected to completely redesign was the dated dashboard design and which it far outdid. To stand pat, the marque has now offered its latest XC60 with a new gorgeous-looking dashboard that features a nine-inch color touchscreen termed Sensus Connect. Prove us wrong if you would but this Sensus Connect is by far the best infotainment system in the industry – may sound cliché but it’s the truth.
It allows a user to easily access and control connectivity, entertainment, and navigation functions. Moreover, there’s also Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility for all trim models.
The interior is plastered with acres upon acres of materials ranging from soft-touch ones to the stunning driftwood trim. Luxury is offered across the entire trim lineup – such as plush leather upholstery on the steering wheel and seats, as well as a panoramic sunroof up above.
Inspired by Scandinavian design trends, the dashboard is minimalistic to the core and features a near-complete lack of buttons. On this alone, we found no other vehicle that can compare to this minimalistic accentuation, and even in a couple of decades it’ll neither be exuberant nor ostentatious.
But how does utility compare? Well on this front, the XC60 provides enough space for five passengers. It sees a subtle growth in volume relative to the outgoing model. And although the middle rows might fit normal sized adults, we wouldn’t recommend it for longer trips. Around back, it provides a laudable 29.7 cu. ft. of trunk space – more than that offered by the likes of Audi Q5, BMW X3, and Mercedes-Benz GLC. So yes, the latest 2018 Volvo XC60 stacks up against most if not all in this respect.
Driving aids are another set of neat features that have been bundled together with the new Volvo XC60 2018. Actually, Volvo calls its electronic driving aids as Pilot Assist. The Pilot Assist – active at up to 80 mph – aids the driver in handling braking, acceleration, and steering. It is an extremely amazing feature that rids the stress off a driver especially when its rush hour and the streets have turned to gigantic parking lots.
While the system may be relied upon even at higher speeds, Volvo stresses that the driver should always have his hands on the wheel especially when lanes are shadily marked. As regards this, Volvo says that they’re almost breaking cover in terms of developing a fully autonomous vehicle. Theirs is dubbed Drive Me pilot program.
2018 Volvo XC60 – Engine Specs
In terms of nuts and bolts, the new model comes equipped with a whopping three engines. The first of the bunch being a T5 mill – a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Output here stands at 250 horsepower and 258 lbs. ft. of torque. Opting for the T6 gets one a turbo-and supercharged engine gets you 316 horsepower and 295 pounds-feet of torque.
The range-topping T8 engine ups the figures to 400 hp and 472 lbs. ft. of torque.
Both an all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission system are offered as standard features.
The EPA rates the T5 models at 22/28/24mpg in the city/highway/combined, and the T6 models at 21/27/23mpg. Those for the T8 plug-in hybrid models are yet to be released thus far.
The driving feel and quality of this SUV is calm and relaxed, and it manages to achieve this without feeling boring or weirdly soft. It’s an SUV by all standards and doesn’t make any efforts to behave like a sports car. Whether you’re sitting behind the wheel or behind as a passenger, it’s an SUV you feel good in. It ensures that you won’t suffer from constantly hearing the groaning of the engine every time the pedal meets the metal thanks to a thick serving of sound-deafening materials.
On this front, Volvo seems to have upped its ante a notch. It comes with an impressive suite of safety features that include the City Safety technology. This technology has been upgraded in 2018 and works by autonomously applying the brakes as much as possible in the event of an imminent collision. Also included are the following standalone features;
Active Bending Lights. This makes the headlights turn as the driver steers on a curve. Adaptive Cruise Control – reduces the speed of the vehicle and adapts it to the one cruising ahead. Automatic Braking after collision – meant to reduce risk of more injury after an accident has already occurred. Blind Spot Information System – assists the driver in assessing the feasibility of a lane change and makes an alert via the front door post. City Safety Collision Avoidance Tech – designed to assist the driver avoid collision in a slow-moving, stop-and-go traffic. Daylight Running Lights with Daylight Sensors – activated during daytime for more conspicuousness, a twilight sensor may also be engaged if more illumination is needed.
Other safety technologies include Distance Alert, Door Handle Illumination, Emergency Brake Light, Driver Alert Control, Head Restraints, Energy-Absorbing Interior, Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control, HomeLink, and Lane Keeping Aid.
Safety is an area that Volvo compares to none other. In fact, they’re so confident in the technologies they offer so much so that they made an announcement that no one in their newly released vehicles would be seriously injured or killed by 2020. And by the look of things, it seems to be holding up quite well against all odds.
2018 Volvo XC60 Price & Released Date
Poised to go for sale later this year (2017) as a 2018 year model, the XC60 T5 and XC60 T6 will set you back by $41,500 and $44,900 respectively, while for the plug-in Hybrid T8 model you’ll have to pony out a staggering $52,900 at the least.
These pricing figures however do not include destination, taxes, and optional charges.
For pricing and features alone, the Volvo XC60 2018 finds itself in a tumultuous position against the likes of BMW X3, Audi Q5, and Mercedes-Benz GLC. They give the XC60 a run for its money in various ways and it'll be interesting to see how that shapes up in the future.
In conclusion, we find the XC60 to be an irresistibly gorgeous SUV to ignore for anyone shopping in this niche. It’s fancy, comfortable, and comes laden with all the user-friendly, bad-boy tech. It goes without saying that Volvo has the right formula needed to follow the same footpath already traversed by its 5-star rated predecessors.
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