Volvo XC60 2024: Five Stars from the North

Volvo XC60 2024: Five Stars from the North

15 March 2024 BY Jean-Sébastien Poudrier
Volvo XC60 2024

There's one thing that most people don't consider in their choice of vehicle, and that's the origin of their vehicle. We tend to believe that Asian vehicles are more reliable, European vehicles are more luxurious, and American vehicles are more comfortable, which isn't entirely false, but there's much more to it than that. What I love about the Volvo XC60 is that it's manufactured by a Nordic company with a climate similar to ours. Let me tell you, that's something you can feel behind the wheel. The Swedish SUV's road behavior is very predictable and precise even in the worst conditions. It's a vehicle that's perfectly suited to our situation, and that's why I highly recommend it. Furthermore, it has many other great qualities, but its origin makes it particularly interesting for the Canadian market.

 

There are no major updates at the moment, but we know that the next generation of the model is on the way. It's also expected that a 100% electric version will hit the market at the same time.

 

Range and Price

 

The Volvo XC60 range is divided into three option groups. First, there's the Core version with a starting price of $58,538. For this amount, you get Google Assistant service as well as a panoramic roof and all sorts of luxurious options. Next up is the Plus version for $65,188. This one offers an air purifier and more technologies. Finally, there's the Ultimate version that sits atop the range. Here, you get ventilated seats, a heads-up display, and all the high-end technologies one could dream of. As for the plug-in hybrid variants, there are four options. It starts with the Core version at $63,488. Then, there's the Plus version at $80,188. The Ultimate version is second to last this time at $86,288. Finally, it's the Polestar Engineered version that reigns at the top of the range with a starting price of $94,888.

 

Category and Competition

 

If there was ever a time when Volvo's category affiliation was ambiguous, it's clear today that the brand operates in the luxury vehicle niche. Moreover, the CX60 is far from being at the bottom of the scale. It's a popular vehicle and widely appreciated overall. Perhaps it doesn't push the concept of extreme as far as some of its rivals, but it has its own beautiful qualities.

 

Rivals: Acura RDX, Audi Q5, BMW X3, BMW X4, Buick Envision, Cadillac XT5, Genesis GV70, Infiniti QX50, Infiniti QX55, Jaguar F-Pace, JLR Discovery Sport, JLR Evoque, JLR Velar, Lexus NX, Lincoln Corsair, Maserati Grecale, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Porsche Macan

 

Design and Technologies

 

Volvo boasts a rather distinct aesthetic signature that immediately sets its vehicles apart from others. The XC60 is elegant, muscular, and modern. It's a well-proportioned vehicle, and its design never fails to turn heads as it passes by. There's one element I particularly like on the exterior, and that's its headlights, whose design is referred to as the Thor's hammer.

 

As for the interior, I'm not particularly fond of the style of the Volvo XC60. The design feels a bit outdated, but overall, it remains quite functional. In the end, that's what matters.

 

Volvo has made phenomenal progress in terms of technology in recent years. Its multimedia system is smooth and very pleasant to use. The driver assistance technologies are precise and highly effective. However, the manufacturer has gone even further with the XC60, which now benefits from integrated Google services. Believe me, once you've experienced this level of technology, you simply can't go back.

 

Performance

 

The Swedish manufacturer's SUV offers two mechanical options, starting with a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine paired with a mild hybrid system. It may sound like a lot, but this powertrain is one of the most efficient in its class on the market. The gasoline engine delivers 247 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, while the electric motor provides 13 horsepower and 30 pound-feet of torque. It's mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive is standard. In this configuration, the Swedish manufacturer's SUV achieves an average consumption of 10.6 L/100 km in the city and 8.3 L/100 km on the highway.

 

Next up is the T8 rechargeable engine. Once again, we have a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and an electric motor. However, the total power output is 455 horsepower and 523 pound-feet of torque. Let me tell you, the accelerations are quite impressive, with a 0-100 km/h time of 4.8 seconds. However, what really makes this version interesting is its 18.8 kWh battery. This allows it to offer an electric-only range of 58 kilometers. Moreover, I find Volvo to be rather conservative, as I managed to achieve better results during my last test of the model.

 

Weaknesses

 

The interior design could use a refresh. The new generation is coming soon.

 

Strengths

 

It's an elegant, modern vehicle packed with cutting-edge technologies. The plug-in hybrid version is very interesting and efficient. It also offers breathtaking performance.

 

Signature Element

 

As I mentioned, in my opinion, the Volvo XC60 is one of the vehicles best suited to Canada's climate on the market.

 

Closing Words

 

Volvo may not be the first brand that comes to mind when shopping for a luxury vehicle. However, it should be the opposite. Moreover, let's not forget that the Swedish manufacturer practically invented the concept of automotive safety.

 

Jean-Sébastien Poudrier



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Author: Jean-Sébastien Poudrier

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