Volvo’s XC60 crossover, which introduced as a 2010 model and was last modified for 2014, is an able and blase luxury Shoshone when thought in separation. But tract one next to the brand’s perfect brand-new XC90 SUV, and its achromatic hairs immediately become obvious a measurement of a front-wheel-drive 2015 T6 model with Volvo’s then brand-new drive-E fuel four-cylinder. With so many brand-new alternatives in the white hot crossover collection, simply increasing all-wheel drive to an akin T6 model the concentrations of this appraisal doesn’t change the XC60’s aged status.
The mid-size XC60 T6 Drive-E is inspired by the more mighty of Volvo’s two 2.0-liter turbocharged fours. With assistance from a belt-ridden compressor in component to the turbo, the T6 model produces a resolute 302 horsepower at 5700 rpm and 295 lb-ft of force at 2100 rpm. Despite some coarseness at high revs, it’s a power-dense engine able of moving even the enormous, three-row XC90 with ease. There’s notably more force and good valve consequence than there is in the 240-hp, turbo-only T5 drive-E, which assets the smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission with this T6 model while lesser XC60s get by with a six-speed automatic transmission.
All-wheel drive adds both price and weight, $2000 on the XC60’s framework aculeu and about 100 pounds. Our 4205-pound try-out automobile approached 60 mph in 6.4 seconds and covered the quarter-mile in 14.8 seconds at 97 mph decent illustrations that put it midpack among oppositions such as the Audi Q5, the Lexus RX350, and the Lincoln MKX. With the engine’s utter given between both shafts instead of just to the front, there’s less force drive attracting at the wheel during rigid acceleration and an enormous awareness of steadiness in turns. The super turbo four is even more influential evaluated for 14 more horsepower in the XC90 T6, which is 500 pounds dense and knocked the same acceleration 6.0 and 14.6 seconds, respectively. The all-wheel-drive XC60 carries an EPA had fuel-economy illustration of 22 mpg versus the front-driver’s 24 mpg. We only totalled 21 mpg over nearly 900 miles of mixed riding, but that’s about on score with our measurements for others in the collection and actually 1 mpg good than what the front-wheel-drive model returned in our guardianships.
The XC60 prioritized fail-safe and obtain controlling over riding pleasure, which makes awareness for this segment. Drive quality is generally peaceful and constituted, except for some enormous walking over enormous pavement joints. But the bodies and the insensible, electrically assisted steering react to contribute any entertaining when moved rigid into a corner. Foreseeable understeer is the ruling grade regardless of the amount of ridden wheels. Our try-out car’s 19-inch Michelin all-season tires had grasping competing the front-drive XC60’s 20-inch Pirelli person Zeros we decided 0.79 g versus 0.82, with both cars minor by engagement from a steadiness-command system that can’t be fully unfit. Despite an initially brushed feeling restraint ride, our example’s so so stopping performance 70 to zero mph in 183 feet was, again, normal for the segment.