28 April 2020
The UK and indeed the world seem to be rather surreal places right now, and certainly there’s plenty more important things than test drives occurring. However, in the interest of trying to keep some normality, we’ll carry on with this one.
Before the lockdown was imposed I put the XC60 through its paces on a business trip from Essex to Swansea and back – a 617-mile round trip. With the sat-nav set (programmed via the excellent Volvo On Call app – more about this in future updates), it was time to cycle through the drive settings to Eco mode ,and away we go. With such a long and sustained run of mostly motorway, the adaptive cruise control came in handy, proving a doddle to operate using the steering-wheel buttons to set speed and distance from the car in front.
Five hours later, including a coffee break and toilet stop on the M40, I arrived at my destination – no aches, pains or numb bum – testament to contoured Nappa/textile sports seats in this XC60.
Meeting over, the return leg beckoned. Another 5 hours back, coffee and toilet stop en-route, the Volvo made light-work of the miles. And at an average of 52.2mpg for this journey, the Volvo is proving relatively frugal.
18 March 2020
My Swedish steed seems to have developed a rather annoying niggle – the retractable load cover.
Normally, this is great for keeping items in the boot safe from prying eyes. The cover is operated manually by popping it into the tracks in the tailgate, where it’s held by a small lip/catch. But herein lies the problem.
At best it can take 10 or so attempts to locate the cover into the tailgate tracks securely, and at worst leads to the cover working loose, blocking the rear-windscreen while I’m driving. Which means pulling over and trying to securely locate the cover into the tailgate tracks again. At least 10 times.
4th March 2020
Crossovers and SUVs have good load capacity for when you need to do mundane stuff such as the tip run.
The XC60 is no exception and, although its boot is smaller than those in rivals such as the Audi Q5 and BMW X3, it isn’t small by any means, providing a practical 505 litres of space without any intrusion from wheelarches. Once you drop the rear seats flat, the boot area increases to decent 1462-litres of usable loading space.
My local Air Cadets fundraiser saw the XC60 cope with eight six-person tables, boxes of raffle prizes and the bingo machine without fuss. For me, it passes the load-lugging test!
18th February 2020
Following our CCT100 Awards run-down in the last issue of Company Car Today, our Volvo XC60 clocked up almost 850 miles over the course of three days while visiting the 2020 winners to hand over some shiny and well-deserved new trophies.
Despite doing such high mileage in a short time frame over a mix of motorway, A- and B-roads as well as a few ‘roads’ which were little more than tracks, our Swedish SUV acquitted itself well.
We had a dozen meetings during those three days, and I didn’t once arrive feeling tired or achy from long miles at the wheel.
The fanfare continues as the XC60 also managed 701 miles on a single tank of fuel, averaging 46.4mpg during our road-trip – no mean feat for a car as big and heavy as the XC60.
What’s even more impressive is that this is bang-on the official WLTP combined fuel economy of 42.2–47.9mpg – a rare achievement in real-world driving conditions for any car. The overall average since the XC60 joined our fleet is 40.9mpg, just 3% shy of the official figure. And our road-trip gives me hope that the Volvo may well achieve its official MPG while on our fleet.
22nd January 2020
So, the wait is over and Volvo’s mid-size family SUV has arrived with us. We’ve gone for the newly added front-drive D4 diesel, which cuts emissions to below 130g/km.
On first impressions you can see why the R-Design trim level will be the most popular with fleets: it gets body-coloured bumpers, rear tailgate spoiler, shark fin antenna, twin exhausts and 19-inch alloys. Move inside the cabin and the sporty feel continues with the nappa/textile contoured sports seats combined with typical Volvo attention to detail and, in this version, aluminium dash inserts and high-gloss panels.
But it doesn’t stop there. Our car is equipped with three additional packs: Intellisafe Pro, Winter and Convenience, all of which we’ll look at in detail within later reports. We’ve also specced individual options of rear park assist camera, powered memory driver’s seat, spare wheel/jack and metallic paint, electing to go for a rather nice Fusion Red with contrasting black door mirrors.
However, there are other standard goodies – a 9.0-inch vertical central touch screen, 12.3-inch TFT driver information display, voice activation, Volvo’s Sensus navigation, front and rear parking sensors, LED headlights with active high-beam, adaptive cruise control, two-zone climate, powered tailgate and a plethora of safety features, that help justify the £45,565 price tag.
11th December 2019
As the Seat Tarraco ends its time with me, I can reveal that I’ll be sticking with the crossover/SUV theme of the past 12 months with the addition of a Volvo XC60 to the Company Car Today fleet and more importantly, my driveway!
There are five trim levels available, including the top-end Polestar Engineered version, and having played with Volvo’s website, we’ve opted for the sporty and popular R-Design trim, with the 190hp D4 in newly added front-drive guise. With Volvo’s eight-speed auto fitted, the XC60 emits just 129g/km.
This mix of trim/power/CO2 and gearbox should prove to be the pick of the range for fleets and company car drivers. Putting it to the test should be fun.