The Volvo XC60 driver's seat benefits from a rake and reach adjustable steering column in front of an instrument nacelle, which apparently, was modelled on Sean Connery's eyebrow lift in the James Bond films.
Although the Volvo XC60 is smaller than the Volvo XC90 it still feels very large, but manoeuvrable, nonetheless. That said, nervous parkers might like to spend £260 on the rear park assist system and perhaps, some of the many other goodies on offer.
Inside is pure Volvo, with a slightly heavier version of Volvo's 'floating' console at the front in a variety of finishes, depending on the trim level: S, SE or SE Lux. The seat covering is also trim dependent; the SE test car had so-called, T-Tec facing, which is something like Neoprene, while the S has textile covering and the SE Lux has leather.
Whichever is chosen, everyone will enjoy the Volvo XC60's comfortable, well-contoured seats and the front passengers will have a neat and tidy fascia in front of them. The centre console is well laid out and, as you would expect, ergonomically sound with a large screen for satellite navigation, where fitted, and a separate, smaller one atop the dashboard for more general information.
The Volvo XC60 driver's seat benefits from a rake and reach adjustable steering column in front of an instrument nacelle, which apparently, was modelled on Sean Connery's eyebrow lift in the James Bond films. SE drivers have powered seat-height adjustment and in the SE Lux this is extended to the front passenger side as well. Unfortunately, at full height, it is very easy to hit your head on the raked cant rail, when getting in and out.
Every Volvo XC60 comes with a high performance CD/radio with an AUX socket for MP3 players and there are secondary controls on the steering wheel. I have to say that it is one of the best sound systems I have come across, in recent years.
The three rear passengers are afforded plenty of leg-room and a great deal of comfort. Unusually, the rear seats have a 40:20:40 split and fold function, increasing the boot size from 495- to a maximum of 1455-litres (to the roof). When folded the rear seats form a flat floor with the main load platform, which is easily accessed through the large rear tailgate and is at a nice height for loading heavy items.
There is something about the Volvo XC60 that sets it apart from its competitors, such as the BMW X3 and Land Rover Freelander - even blindfolded, you would know you were in a Volvo and there are few cars that you can say that about. All in all, it is an excellent drive with a delightfully sporty attitude and the peace of mind that comes with the Volvo badge.1 April 2009
Volvo XC60 Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Volvo XC60|
|Colour||Savile Grey Pearl|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||9.9 seconds|
|Top Speed||124 mph|
|Transmission||6-Speed Geartronic Automatic|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||41.5 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 01/04/09)||£25,750|