Volvo XC60 T5 Drive-E Review
Smooth Swede operator

Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
23 Sep 2014
 

Introduction, Exterior

The Volvo XC60 combines the right sprinklings of what one expects of an upmarket crossover SUV. It has the useful ground clearance, the excellent quality interior and a stylish Swede body to wrap it all up. But despite its delicately brutish looks, the car is better suited to trundling down tarmac streets than beaten paths but that’s not a bad thing either.

For what the XC60 does on road, it does very well. And now with the improvements in this latest Drive-E model, it’s even better than before.

 

Exterior

From the outside the new car looks virtually identical to the one it replaces. But it does come with a new grille, new lights and the black plastics that used to surround the edges have been removed entirely. Our test car came equipped with a set of mean-looking 20-inch alloys decked out in matt black. Prepare to fork out $10,600 for them from the options list though. 


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Engine

Engine Capacity 1969cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 245bhp @ 5500rpm
Torque 350Nm @ 1500rpm
Power to Weight 138 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 7.2s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 210 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 14.9 km/L
Drag Coefficient 0.350

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 8 -speed Auto
Drive Type FF
Steering Electric

Measurements

Body Type SUV
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4644 x 2120 x 1713) mm
Wheelbase 2774 mm
Turning Circle 12.1 metres
Kerb Weight 1776 kg
Boot Capacity 490 L
Boot Capacity (folded) 1450 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs