Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

More Than Living Up to the Expectations

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

More Than Living Up to the Expectations

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VOLVO'S new second generation XC60 mid-size SUV is a car carrying the weight of considerable expectation.

There's much to live up to when your predecessor is currently the biggest selling SUV, in its class at least, in Europe.

Now the Swedish brand has a completely new model that places even more focus on the company's culture of safety, carries the claim of having the finest connectivity system in the business and features an architecture designed around electrification. When it hits UK streets in September the new XC60 will offer a choice of 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engines - D4 and D5 diesels plus a T5 petrol and later in the year a T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid - and Momentum, R-Design and Inscription trim grades.

Power ranges from 190 to 407bhp, CO2 emissions dip as low as 49g/km and all have all-wheel drive plus automatic transmission.

With its latest take on design Volvo has hit on a style that really works. We saw it in the new car's larger stablemate the XC90 and the 60 looks like a smaller version, and with five rather than seven seats.

Part and parcel of the package are smart touches aimed at making the owner's life that bit easier, like the car's under-wrap doors.

It means they extend down to the lowest part of the vehicle's body, overlapping the sills to ensure your clothing never gets dirty because the sills are always clean.

And included in the standard spec is the same tech wizardry that made such on impact on the S90, V90 and XC90 models.

Not only is the nine-inch touchscreen simple to use - operating more like a smartphone - but it also has voice activation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a WiFi hotspot, various cloud-based apps and on Pro versions there's the Volvo On Call service.

That's all from within a wide cabin that's bathed in light, boasts high seating positions and a fresh, minimalist design that has heated leather upholstery and, on high-end models, some diamond-cut rotary controls and a hand-finished interior inspired by drifting wood on Sweden's west coast.

On the practical side there's plenty of stowage, including a hidden compartment, and a sensibly-shaped 505-litre boot that expands to 1,432 litres. …

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