2015.5 Volvo XC60 T6 AWDNew connected apps and driver assist in Volvo's best-selling vehicle.
The XC 60 is Volvo's best seller. Let's find out what combination of design, power, and tech seems to be working for them as we drive a 2015 and a half XC 60 T6 all wheel drive and Check the Tech. Now even before I get in the XC 60 I'm starting to like it because I think it has a distinctive look. Those tail lights in the back are kind of like no other on the market. And of course the Volvo face has been consistent for awhile with that big badge and bar that no one else has anything quite like. And in general I think you approach this vehicle and you see a, kind of an austere, restrained sense of quality to it. I'll give them big kudos on design for those reasons. Our XC60T6 all wheel drive starts off about $43,000. The platinum package is key, for an LCD instrument panel, panoramic roof, keyless, rear camera. You've also got your driver assist tech, like adaptive cruise, forward collision with braking, pedestrian and bike detection, lane departure, even road sign reading to display the proper speed limit. Oddly, the blind spot package is ala carte. $900 more for blind spot cross-traffic alert, and a deeper blind spot tech they call lane merge aid. Now not unlike that Volvo backhoe working behind me, this XC60 communicates kind of a real burly, solid substantialness to it. That's the Volvo DNA in the cabin if you haven't been in one lately. They don't go too overboard on buttons. This. Center console here may be the only exception. And lots of things are big, and chunky, and actually easy to use with gloves on. And almost like a truck. Now we had the full suite of technology in this one, which includes the Senses Connect App System. And also, as you can see here, just about the full suite of their driver assist technology. Check out our Volvo V60 video we did very recently. It really goes in depth on all these as well as the nice interfaces involved in that LCD instrument panel. Now since it's apps connect via either nearby Wi-Fi, your bluetooth tethered phone, or the cars built in 3G modem. That's free for six months. And after that, they'll let you know. The price is still being figured out. What does differ, of course, in the XT60 versus the V60 that I talked about, is, the internal body space is a little more roomy, because it is an SUV. And they've done a good job of keeping these pillars and these body sides from arcing in too much for style, and impinging the airspace around your shoulder and head, so it feels as roomy as it looks from the outside. And of course, Volvo loves rack and mounts, and. Such. They love your kayaks and your bikes and, and whatever goes back there in that weird sort of debtor's prison in the cargo bay. I'm not quite sure what that is, but I guess you could put almost anything in there that you're afraid is gonna get out and bite you. Now under the hood of our XC60, very similar power train to the one we saw in the B60 and that's good news cuz I like that one a lot. This one too. T6, that means we have a three liter inline six that is turbo charged, and of course intercooled in the common fashion today. Interestingly, this engine does not have direct injection technology to get the fuel into the cylinders, which is been the darling of the auto industry for two or three model years now. In terms of power, it gets by just fine without it. 300 horsepower, 325 [INAUDIBLE] pounds of torque, all that going out to a one choice only six speed automatic, also kinda quaint, by today's standards, and, of course, on our vehicle, all-wheel drive. The lesser engine SD60's get an eight speed automatic. The big engines get fewer cogs. Zero to 60 is 6.9 seconds, which is pretty good for a 4,300 pound SUV. On the heavy side as vehicles go. MPG is not great, 17/24. And my hunch is dipping into this lovely power and moving a brick this big through the air you're gonna be closer to 18 or so, 19 day in and day out. On the road the power comes on rather mutedly in drive but then the car just transforms when you put it in sport mode. Even without any further shift intrusion on your part. Ride quality is very good, it's firm enough to take advantage of the engine's power. But there are certainly sportier vehicles in its class. And our test car had some very old school wind noise and whistling, apparently around the door or window seals. Maybe it was the roof rack. It might just be this unit, but make sure you listen for it when you go on your highway test drive. In sum, the XC 60 comes across more urban modern and. Incompetent than truly sporty. It's build, style, and engine all add up to a strong, powerful feeling. If not the most tossible. There is an R design variant, however, with more power and tighter under pinnings if you want something a little more high strung. [MUSIC]