The Swedish manufacturer of premium cars, Volvo, has been noticeably making a futuristic leap in the auto industry clearly distinguished in all its released lineup during the past few years. I mean who didn’t fall in love with the XC90 and who cannot respect the luxurious S90 and the list goes on.
Today, we will be sharing with you a nine years old story that took a ravishing turn in March 2017 during the Geneva Motor Show: “The Volvo XC60”.
Since its launch nine years ago, the XC60 became the bestselling premium mid-sized SUV in Europe with nearly a million units sold globally, this didn’t stop the Premium Car Maker to take this SUV to the next level with a more adventurous styling, bold move, enhanced comfort and the well-known additional safety features packed in the All-New Volvo XC60.
We got the chance to experience the Volvo XC60 in an adventure like no other suitable for an SUV like no other.
Our adventure started early at 6:00 am with a kayaking trip down the amazon forest river in Turkey. Seated comfortably inside the Kayak, we began sculling and moving forward on a mysterious journey inside the jungle and out on open waters. Just like the safety features of the Volvo XC60, whenever we stray out of line or are within danger sight, the XC60 Kayaking instructor brings us back to safety. It felt like we had our own Volvo Safety Features inside the Kayak from the Steer Assist system recently added to the ground-breaking City Safety system to the Oncoming Lane Mitigation preventing head-on collisions and Volvo’s Blind Spot Indication System (BLIS) that uses Steer Assist functionality to reduce the risk of lane-changing collisions among other features previously introduced on the XC90. When within Volvo Vehicle or with the Volvo team you cannot but feel safe at all times.
Reaching the shores of the beautifully chosen Turkish sanctuary, Volvo team wanted to take the rush up-a-notch, isn’t that what Volvo is all about eventually? So we dropped our Kayaks and got delivery of adventurous mountain bikes ready to take on the next challenge.
The Volvo road team accompanying us along the road and the XC60 insight gave us the energy and determination to go up the mountains riding our bikes and reaching new heights.
The Volvo team auto piloted our journey and kept us on track, it felt like a semi-autonomous driving technique as they were guiding us when to brake, when to accelerate and when to steer. I couldn’t but compare the biking piloting assistance we had from the Volvo guides with the Pilot Assist feature in the XC60, Volvo’s advanced semi-autonomous driver assistance system, which takes care of steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads up to 130 km/h. Not that we had any paved or marked roads or we were able to reach a speed of 130Km/h with our bikes but it surely felt like it.
Drained out from the challenging journey of Kayaking and Bicycling, we couldn’t wait until we drove the XC60 and sense if it felt like what we had experienced so far. So immediately, I hopped into one of those gorgeously sculptured Red XC60 SUV and was ready for the drive.
The XC60 was built to impress, on the exterior level the XC60 had an athletic sculpture with a subtle, timeless quality. From the front end, you immediately notice Volvo’s new design traits; the large front black grill with a touch of chrome centered by Volvo’s diagonally crossed emblem, all tied to Volvo’s new Thor hummer headlights signature leading the way to slightly wide fenders for that sportiness in design. The curvy lines swept all the way back for extra aerodynamics reaching the arched rear of the XC60 are a true identity revealer of the active lifestyle this SUV stands for. The rear is characterized by twin exhaust tailpipes and superb taillight design that gives you the feel of being embraced by your loved ones.
The interior is a true Scandinavian masterpiece. Its masterful composition of well-resolved architecture, beautiful materials and the very latest technology – all perfectly blended together indulge your mind in a true refined experience like no other.
Now it was time to drive, ignition on and off we go for that long awaited test drive along the cost and mountainous roads of the beautiful Turkey.
The way the XC60 is designed immerses your full senses. The cabin was significantly quiet and combined with the that acoustic infotainment system that cuddles your ears, the new CleanZone four-zone climate system that removes harmful pollutants and particles from outside the cabin to deliver Scandinavian-fresh air on the inside tickles your noise, the commanding view of the road ahead inspires your sight, the glint of comfort and luxury delights your touch and the taste of well-being waters your mouth, the XC60 is the next generation’s everyday stress-free machinery.
Enjoying the roads of the beautiful touristic area of Marmaris and turning heads wherever we go, time flew and the sun was about to set. We hit the highway and juiced the performance of what’s under the hood. Our XC60 came equipped with the T5 engine generating 254hp more than enough to push this SUV where it needs to go, we swapped to T6 engine along the way and felt the rush of the T6. It had both a turbo and supercharger attached delivering 320hp and 400 Nm of torque. If you thought this is it for the XC60, wait till you drive Volvo’s award-winning T8 Twin Engine petrol plug-in hybrid at the top of the powertrain range, delivering 407hp and acceleration from 0-100 Km in just 5.3 seconds.
The Volvo XC60 floated on tarmac and delivered a true contented driving sensation with a feel of comfort, luxury and most importantly safety.
If you are an adventurous person or a carry family person, the XC60 guarantees to fulfil those needs.
It’s the perfect car for an active lifestyle.