2020 Volvo XC60 Preview; Very Comfortable SUVs
The Volvo’s average SUV, the 2020 Volvo XC60, also convinces with the less powerful diesel, the 2.0 190 hp, and the front wheel drive: both comfort but the equipment is to be enriched.
2020 Volvo XC60 Engine Specs & Transmission
The powerful gasoline engine of the T6 version has the merit of making the Volvo XC60 look particularly light and snappy; Its 310 CV show the account from the Distributor, if it is true that during our first contact with the steering wheel (you can read here) we recorded average runs in the order of 9-10 km/L.
Not by chance, the most popular engine in Italy will be the turbo-diesel 2.0 liters of the XC60 D4 object of this first contact: less lively than the 2020 Volvo XC60 T6 but much more “easy” to maintain. The horses are 190, the traction is only front (the 4×4 costs 1,500 euros more) and the price starts from 46,350 euros with manual transmission, which rise to 48,650 with the valid eight-speed automatic reports on the car driven.
With the latter, the average routes declared go from 20 to 19.6 km/L but at the end of our itinerary on mixed paths, we have read on the onboard computer an average of 14.3 km/L.
2020 Volvo XC60 Platform
However, the D4 is not a “fallback” option and has an adequate motor to move the Volvo XC60, a 469 cm long medium SUV (in the same category as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Audi Q5, and BMW X3) and heavy 1716 kg. The 2.0 is the same as the largest Volvo S90, V90 and XC90: a four-cylinder mounted cross-sectional that develops the maximum power at 4,250 rpm and delivers 400 Nm of torque from 1,750 rpm. These numbers confirm the impression that you have driving the Volvo XC60 D4: The 2 liters do not struggle to move the car and are ready even at low revs, making the SUV brilliant to stop and shooting. Difficult to find faults with the 8-speed automatic transmission with torque converter, supplied by the Japanese Aisin, which scales the gears quickly when you want to make an overtaking and immediately chooses a “long” gear to decrease the consumption at a constant velocity. Unfortunately, the “paddles” at the wheel are reserved for the Sportiveggiante version R-Design.
The absorption of the road holes is high level despite the 2020 Volvo XC60 D4 of the test had large wheels of 19 “(€730, instead of those of series of 18”): The SUV “digests” the roughness and the depressions with great naturalness, while not having the air springs and the Namor Electronically controlled Tizzatori (€2,320 in total) mounted on the T6 wizard previously.
Even the steering has adjustments devoted to comfort: it is not very heavy (it is appreciated in maneuver) and not very direct. Volvo has taken care of isolation from noise with great attention and has eliminated many of the air hisses that form at high speed. To want to be fussy, from the inside you hear a little ‘ of the noise of the engine, cold and in full acceleration: a small smear that jarred with the impression of the great silence of the car in motion.
2020 Volvo XC60 Redesign Exterior & Interior
The same attention is found in materials and assemblies, free from creaking. The center console includes a vertical touch screen of 9 ‘ ‘ that the technicians of the Volvo have developed trying to imitate the icons and the operation of a smartphone: the menus are intuitive and you do not risk to get lost in the various options but you must have Done some practice to use it properly and there are few physical commands to recall the main functions, including the management of the temperature of the “climate”.
The 2020 Volvo XC60 Interior conveys an impression of solidity and reflects the attention dedicated to the bodywork, which appears an evolution in a modern key of what is seen on the first generation: the lines are racier and make it look like this SUV more Slender, but the long front bonnet, the line of the side windows that rises towards the rear pillar of the roof and the small window do not help in manoeuvre: better to spend for the front distance sensors (€410) and the Reversing camera (€490).