[YesAuto Test Drive] Volvo launched the XC90 into the luxury SUV segment at the right time in 2002. Now, the Scandinavians have once again entered the high-end compact SUV market at the right time, and this market segment is now rapidly expanding. The XC60's goal is very clear. The old BMW X3 and the new force Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLK are all its opponents.
The XC60 is a brand new model for Volvo to enter a new field, but it is more than that simple. First of all, XC60 is the representative of Volvo's next-generation design plan, and subsequent Volvo models will adopt this new design style. In addition, the XC60 is equipped with a more advanced safety system and is by far the safest Volvo model. When it comes to this, the Swedish engineer has a proud look on his face. Of course, these new safety equipment will also be applied to other Volvo models in the future.
According to common sense, the XC60's competitor is nothing more than a compact SUV like the Q5, but you may not think so when you see it. Its appearance is not like a standard SUV, it is square, tall and short. The XC60 combines the design styles of the XC90 and XC70. The body is flat and slender, a bit like a heightened station wagon, and has a vague taste of a Coupe sports car, so the XC60 can be regarded as a touch with the Crossover model.
Volvo has always been a representative of Scandinavian design style, with an extremely simple appearance. However, the XC60 has made a breakthrough again, adding more active elements on the basis of the past. Compared with it, the past models are somewhat too simple and become boring.
The most significant changes are concentrated on the front face. The headlights are no longer square and narrow, but are given more varied forms. In the designer's words, they are more like human eyes and more emotional. The daytime running lights required by EU regulations are definitely a great boon for car owners. Almost all models are more energetic after adding LED running lights, and the XC60 is no exception. The larger China Open and Volvo's logo are more eye-catching than before, and they are also telling people that the brand refuses to be blindly low-key. In addition, the layered bumpers and fog lights also make the front face more aggressive, especially after the optional silver guard.
The thick waistline on the sideways is not a simple straight line. The constantly changing curve has a strong sense of muscles and turns into a broad “shoulder” at the rear of the car, bringing out the classic Volvo taillights. Although the new taillight group is still a classic style, it has a smaller area. Thanks to the use of LED technology, the taillights have become narrower. The advantage is that it can be exchanged for a larger area of the tail window, so as to have a better line of sight. The spacing between the VOLVO subtitles at the rear of the car has been enlarged. The designers believe that this can increase the degree of recognition, so that the car behind can clearly recognize its identity from a further place.
The XC60's interior once again embodies the essence of Nordic design. The light beige interior is refreshing, and the original wood decoration of the center console also has a natural texture, which is reminiscent of IKEA furniture. The surrounding aluminum decorative strips also embellish the atmosphere. Of course, the iconic suspended center control The station can't fall. The core spirit of Scandinavian design style is to emphasize functional convenience and excellent visual effects, so XC60 is not only good-looking, but also practical. All the buttons are within reach.
Since the opponent has locked in Q5 and GLK, luxury must also be guaranteed, and the configuration of the XC60 must be as luxurious as possible. Leather seats with memory, all four seats can be heated, dual-open panoramic sunroof, multi-function steering wheel, navigation and entertainment system, these things can only be regarded as standard equipment for the XC60. Audio is something that can be upgraded. Volvo uses Danish Dynaudio products, which is comparable to Audi's B&O. Two-color stitching leather seats form an abstract X shape, which is part of its name. The rear seat backrest has three folding methods of 40:20:40, and the luggage compartment space is more flexible.
It is worth mentioning that the XC60 navigation system, in a completely unfamiliar environment in Spain, can help us a lot. The positioning accuracy of the navigation system is very high, it seems to be accurate to the meter level, and it seems to be able to distinguish the lane where the vehicle is located. Of course, this has nothing to do with the perfect and detailed electronic map in Europe. The navigation system calculates the route very fast, the route planning is reasonable, and the timing of the voice prompt is also very accurate. However, the operation method of the navigation system is a bit cumbersome. It is not easy to operate a powerful navigation system with only a few buttons on the back of the steering wheel. It takes time to get familiar with it. The remote control is also more suitable for use by the passenger. However, the advantage of this design is to improve safety, the driver does not have to leave the steering wheel with both hands, and the passenger of the co-pilot can also help with some operations.
For Volvo people, the luxury of the configuration is not enough to reflect their value, and the safety performance is the crystallization of the wisdom of the engineers. They say that the XC60 is by far the safest Volvo is not an exaggeration. On the XC60, you can find a variety of labels that represent the highest automotive safety technology today. What SIPS side impact protection, RSC anti-roll system, HDC steep slope descent, WHIPS head and neck protection, DSTC dynamic stability control and other systems have appeared in other Volvo models. on.
More attention is paid to the LDW lane departure warning. If the driver does not turn on the turn signal and the vehicle crosses the lane markings, the system will issue a warning sound to remind the driver to pay attention. The CW collision warning system will automatically detect the distance to the vehicle ahead. When approaching the vehicle ahead quickly, the system will project a red warning light on the windshield glass, and a warning sound will remind the driver to pay attention. This system has the deepest experience during the test drive. Sometimes it is easy to ignore the situation on the road when busy looking at the map or road signs. At this time, the CW system can effectively help the driver to grasp the road conditions ahead. When driving on the highway, the CW system will calculate a reasonable distance to the vehicle ahead based on the speed of the vehicle, and will also issue a warning once the vehicle is too close to keep the vehicle within a safe distance.
There is also an optional BLIS blind spot information system, which uses the sensors under the left and right rearview mirrors to understand the conditions of the lanes on both sides of the vehicle. If there is a vehicle in the lane next to it, the yellow warning light at the bottom of the A-pillar will be on. At this time, if the driver turns on the turn signal to indicate that the line is about to be merged, the warning light will flash to remind attention.
The above are also the results of Volvo's new research and development in the past two years, and the XC60 is also equipped with a brand-new CITY SAFETY system. This system will start to work when the speed is lower than 30 kilometers per hour. If a collision is about to occur and the driver does not take the correct response, the system will calculate the most appropriate braking force to automatically brake. The collision can be avoided when the speed is lower than 15 kilometers per hour, and the collision loss can be minimized when the speed is between 15 and 30 kilometers per hour. This system is designed to reduce traffic accidents caused by driver distraction in urban road conditions. According to data held by Volvo, most rear-end collisions occur in urban congested road conditions at speeds of less than 30 kilometers per hour. CITY SAFETY is a standard configuration on the XC60 and will also be applied to other Volvo models in the future. At the same time, Volvo is also developing a more comprehensive safety protection system. Their goal is: no collision.
With perfect safety protection, the last thing to look at is the driving performance of the XC60. At present, Volvo only provides three engines, of which D5 and 2.4D are diesel engines, and there is only one T6 gasoline engine, so it will be the most advanced domestic model. This inline 6-cylinder engine code-named B6304T2 has two turbochargers with a displacement of 2953ml and a power of 285 horsepower. It can continuously output a peak torque of 400N·m from 1500 to 4800 rpm. The data looks very beautiful, and It just happens that it will not be affected by the new consumption tax.
For the transmission system, only a 6-speed automatic manual gearbox can be selected. In addition, the XC60 uses an all-wheel drive system based on the fourth-generation Haldex differential.
There is no need to worry about the power of the T6 engine at all. From the start, there is sufficient torque for you to arbitrarily deploy, and it can reach 300N·m from 1000 rpm, which is enough to ensure smooth driving. The 0-100km/h acceleration results announced by the factory It's 7.5 seconds, which is entirely possible from the actual performance. The engine still has sufficient power when driving at high speeds, so overtaking on highways becomes easy and common.
The sound of the in-line 6-cylinder engine is also very characteristic, the frequency is quite high, and there is also a slight turbo bleed valve sound, but after the windows are closed, the environment in the car is comfortable and comfortable. The gearbox is very tolerant and works very smoothly. I have never been disturbed by it during at least 200 kilometers of driving. The sufficient power in the multi-curved mountain road is also a solid backing. The gearbox does not need to frequently change gears to invoke power, and still maintains the original pace.
The four-wheel drive system also provides sufficient support for vehicles on mountain roads, especially on uphill roads, where the power can be more effectively transmitted to the ground; while in curves, stable characteristics will appear. The suspension adjustment of the XC60 is also a typical European car feature, compact and full of resilience. The suspension can provide enough support to the body when cornering at high speeds, and the vehicle can remain stable after the undulations of the road surface without uneasy shaking. However, when dealing with complex roads, comfort will be affected to a certain extent. Although it is an SUV model, it is not a sensible choice to drive it to walk on the sandy road.
Although it is not suitable for off-roading, the ground clearance of 230mm still provides good passability. In addition, Land Rover also provides Off-road technology support. XC60 also has steep slope descent technology. But on the whole, its driving performance still tends to be on the road, and its performance on the road is not even inferior to some sports cars.
Volvo XC60 is about to go on sale in Europe and will be imported into China next year. Of course, there are only T6 models in China for the time being. In Europe, the starting price of the T6 model is about 43,000 euros, and after adding a series of optional equipment, it needs more than 50,000 euros. The closest domestic rival to it is the BMW X3 3.0si, priced at approximately 660,000 yuan. In terms of power, configuration or safety, the XC60 is better than the X3, so the domestic price will not be less than 650,000.