Volvo XC60 2.0T R-Design Review
An even safer bet

Story and Photos by Raymond Lai
30 Aug 2010

With a new 2-litre engine, the XC60 makes for an even safer bet in the mid-sized premium SUV segment.

Safety first

The XC90 has been a huge success for Volvo since it was launched more than seven years ago despite it being the company's first ever attempt at a premium SUV. The XC90's success can be attributed to its combination of SUV practicality and traditional core values of the brand such as safety. The XC90's virtues made it a popular choice among soccer moms.

So it is inevitable that Volvo will downsize the XC90's successful formula and introduce a more compact SUV model to challenge the likes of the BMW X3 and the Lexus RX. This model became a reality with the introduction of the XC60 in early 2009.

Unlike the XC90 though, the XC60 offers only five seats instead of seven in the former. The XC60's dimensions and pricing places right smack into BMW X3 territory. Another rival is the Audi Q5, which was launched a couple of months after the Volvo last year.

The XC60 was launched last year with just a single variant - the 3-litre turbocharged straight-six T6 AWD. The relatively big engine capacity of the XC60 T6 was a big turn off for many buyers who rue the high road tax it incurred and the high fuel costs. The XC60's rival, the Audi Q5 was after all available with a tax friendly 2-litre motor.

Volvo though, has finally introduced a new 2.0T version of the XC60 to give its small SUV a more competitive edge against the Q5 as well as newer rivals like the BMW X1 among others.


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Engine Capacity 1999cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Bore x Stroke (87.5 x 83.1)mm
Power 203bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 300Nm @ 1750rpm
Power to Weight 115.6 bhp per ton


Acceleration 8.9s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 205 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 11.8 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed DSG
Drive Type FF


Body Type SUV
(L x W x H)
(4628 x 1891 x 1713) mm
Wheelbase 2774 mm
Turning Circle 5.95 metres
Kerb Weight 1756 kg
Boot Capacity 490 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs