Launched at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the XC60 was the second generation for the premium SUV built by Volvo. It was a very important model for the Swedish brand.
The XC60 accounted for around 30 percent of the Volvo sales worldwide. It was important for introducing new safety features and since the compact SUV market was so demanding, Volvo didn't want to cut any corners to build a better car. They rounded them.
While the first generation was based mostly on the former Ford Mondeo platform, the second generation was based on a new Volvo SPA platform (Scalable Platform Architecture) used by other Volvo models as well. The design language kept the “Thor's hammer” daytime running lights inside the headlights and the big chromed grille. But the car didn't look like a station-wagon on stilts, but its rear design was inspired mostly by the hatchback segment.
Inside, Volvo insisted to put as many recycled materials as possible. The wood grain on the dash and door panels, the cloth, or the man-made leather upholstery were of top quality, with premium fits and finishes.
For the drivetrain, the XC60 was offered with front or all-wheel-drive systems. It was offered with diesel, gasoline, hybrids, and plug-in hybrid versions. The safety features covered most of the areas, including automatic lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitor. The XC60 was among the first vehicles on the market to offer a standard automatic braking system with pedestrian detection.
For the last years, many of the vehicle manufacturers developed a midsize crossover designed to offer great versatility.
The XC60 was not only a luxurious small SUV, it also delivered utility and safety.
Not a surprise for Volvo cars in general, the XC60 scored a perfect five stars in crash tests. And before talking about a collision, Volvo made sure that their model is equipped with the latest safety technologies meant to prevent an accident from occurring.
The small SUV offered seating for five and was available in three trim levels: 3.2, T6 and T6 R-Design. Each trim level was available in standard, Premier Plus and Platinum sub-trims, while for the 3.2 trim, Volvo offered the Premier sub-trim.
Considering the features included for the 3.2 trim, the standard XC60 was well equipped with 18-inch wheels, automatic headlights, roof rails, automatic wipers, cruise control, heated mirrors, fabric upholstery, Bluetooth connectivity, a leather-wrapped wheel and shifter and many others.
The upper trim levels, the 3.2 and the T6 came with keyless entry, a panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, and also a more powerful engine for the T6.
The top of the range, the R-Design was even more powerful, had a tweaked suspension, bigger 20-inch alloys, a sport steering wheel and sport seats.
The sub-trims available offered from active xenon headlights, front and rear parking sensors and a power liftgate, to a rearview camera, a navigation system, real-time traffic and an upgraded 12-speaker surround audio system, all meant to increase comfort and safety.
With the interest in small crossovers increasing rapidly, Volvo decided it was time to bring their own.
The then-new XC60 was a combination of an estate, an MPV and an SUV, offering lots of versatility and practicality.
Aesthetically, the XC60 had a handsome design with its chunky shoulders and the raised stance.
Inside, the cozy cabin was fitted with highly comfortable seats and an overall Scandinavian design, pleasant to the eye. Lots of storage spaces were available.
Pretty impressive for a crossover of its size, the rear cabin offered great room for 3 adults to sit comfortably. Moreover, the XC60 featured in-built seats for children.
With the optional 40/20/40 split rear seats configuration, a picnic table was also offered. While the trunk was a decent size, it would have quickly became immense with the rear seats folded flat.
The high driving position offered great visibility over the traffic and together with the super comfortable seats, the XC60 was a relaxing cruiser. Even with its high stance, the XC60 wasn’t a real off-roader.
As expected and as any Volvo, the new crossover was equipped with top-notch safety features such as the Volvo’s City Safety system and a blind spot warning system, besides the front, side and curtain airbags.
The City Safety system applied the brake automatically if it detected an obstruction in the road.
Even the base trim level was well equipped and offered features such as climate and cruise control, rear parking sensors and Bluetooth connectivity.