Smooth Swede operator
While we don’t quite expect the XC60 to corner on rails, it does a brilliant job of keep its line. However the heavier steering doesn’t quite translate to any improvements in steering feel.
But what it lacks in dynamic performance is made up for by the new ‘E’ in the model name. During our weekend drive, the new car returned an average consumption of 11.8km/L despite our less than economical driving. Impressive for what is a large and heavy SUV.
While the changes on the exterior and interior are minimal, the new engine and drivetrain pairing makes the XC60 feel like an entirely new car. The driving response has improved dramatically and feels as if it has shed 200 kilos when in actual fact the new car is marginally heavier (28kgs to be exact). Best of all, the new T5 Drive-E engines extends to the rest of the model range which includes the S60, V60 and S80.
On top of that the car retains its excellent safety systems and sheds $5,000 off the CEVS rebate thanks to lower carbon emissions.
The XC60 is truly getting better with age…
Credits: Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline