The 2015 Volvo XC60 Is Still One Of The Best Executed Small Crossovers On The Market
Moving toward perfection in the segment of urban crossovers sent Volvo on a path of designing, constructing and ultimately producing a vehicle called the XC60. It is a small urban crossover with the exaggerated looks of Volvo cars and with magnificent tech underneath. Although it was revealed back in 2008, the Volvo XC60 is still a rather modern looking and nicely shaped SUV that doesn’t lack any of the elements you could find even on the newest vehicles in the class. The 2015 Volvo XC60 brings a wealth of novelties in the world of the Volvo XC60 and it demonstrates the ability of Swedish engineers to create a vehicle that can act almost as a flagship of the segment for a few more years.
Styling vise, the 2015 Volvo XC90 received a nicely curved bumper and inherited new light clusters up front from the redesigned model which made it rather attractive and appealing to the customers. That is why we can expect it to hold the market even until the end of 2016. While the nicely shaped exterior definitely manifests as gorgeous, the matter of a fact is that the shape of the car and the aerodynamic efficiency aren’t in line with modern standards. Officially, the 2015 Volvo XC60 has a drag coefficient of 0.35 cd which is a whole lot more in comparison with the best similarly sized premium crossovers of today. Trying to make things better is the special R-Design version which had a nice body kit added to the car, but we do not really know did the Swedes actually improve drag coefficient at all.
What they did improve for the 2015 model year are the engines. Now, the entry level engine for the YC60 is a new and modern two liter turbocharged unit developing 240 HP and 258 lb ft of torque. The engine is integrated into the 2015 Volvo XC60 T5, while the top of the range T6 received an even more powerful version of the same engine. Now, with the turbocharger and the supercharger, the two liter mill is good for 302 HP and almost 300 lb ft of torque. So, this can truly be a fast car despite the weight and drag coefficient. Unfortunately, these engines aren’t available with the all-wheel drive. Volvo offers that possibility only with the three liter turbocharged engine and the AWD can be had in the “normal” variant with 300 HP engine, or with an additional R-Design package adding 25 HP more on the same engine. This one, as you may have guessed, isn’t exactly fuel efficient at 17 mpg in the city. On the other hand, the T5 with four cylinder engine can return as much as 28 mpg combined.
The inside of the car also received a slight overhaul. Instead of the “usual” and normal gauge cluster, Volvo prepared an all-digital instrument panel thus getting the 2015 Volvo XC60 into the realm of modern vehicles. The same has been done with the infotainment system. Even though a 7 inch screen isn’t as big as in some modern vehicles, the infotainment is supposed to have everything on it including navigation, app center and a lot more.
Even though this car reached the market a long time ago, modern equipment including fully functional Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Warning, Distance Alert, Lane Departure Warning and other can be integrated. Also, a wealth of additional safety equipment can be had with it thus making this Volvo as safe as it gets.