Class: Premium Compact Crossover
Miles pushed: 346
Gas used: 15.6 gallons
Actual-world gasoline financial system: 22.1 mpg
|CG Report Card|
|Room and Consolation||B+|
|Energy and Efficiency||B|
|Match and End||A-|
|Gas Economic system||B|
|Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus different automobiles in the identical class. Worth grade is for particular trim stage evaluated, and should not replicate Client Information’s impressions of your complete mannequin lineup.|
|Huge & Tall Consolation|
|Huge & Tall consolation rankings are for entrance seats solely. “Huge” score based mostly on male tester weighing roughly 350 kilos, “Tall” score based mostly on 6’6″-tall male tester.|
|Engine Specs||295-hp 2.0L|
|Engine Sort||Turbocharged/supercharged 4-cylinder|
Driving combine: 50% metropolis, 50% freeway
EPA-estimated gasoline financial system: 21/27/24 (mpg metropolis/freeway/mixed)
Gas kind: Premium gasoline really helpful
Base value: $55,100 (not together with $1095 vacation spot cost)
Choices: Local weather Bundle ($750), Superior Bundle ($2050), metallic paint ($695), power-operated tailgate ($200), Bowers and Wilkins premium audio system ($3200), 4-corner air suspension ($1800), 21-inch 5-Double-Spoke Black Diamond Reduce alloy wheels ($1000)
Worth as examined: $65,890
The good: Customary security options; high-class inside supplies; trendy design inside and outside
The great: Satisfying acceleration; respectable journey/dealing with stability
The not so good: New Google Android-based infotainment system continues to be a bit finicky; non-obligatory tools rapidly drives up the bottom-line value; not fairly as nimble or athletic-feeling as some performance-focused class rivals
Grammarians! A little bit assist right here, should you please: Is it “Volvo R-Design” or “Volvo is Design?”
All sophomoric foolishness apart, Volvo has given its XC60 premium-compact sport-utility automobile what it considers a considerable freshening for 2022. There’s mildly up to date styling, significantly to the grille and entrance bumper; up to date wheel designs; and a few new colours. Nevertheless, that’s overshadowed by the introduction of mild-hybrid engines, a modified infotainment system, and enhancements to the optical and sonic sensors that serve the automobile’s numerous driver-assistance/security programs.
Client Information tried out this newest XC60 within the sportier R-Design tools stage and with the turbocharged and supercharged B6 engine. It’s a $56,195 automobile to begin (supply included), however a pair of choice packages and a quintet of particular person extras simply pushed the underside line previous the $65,000 bar.
Customary options that kick in on the R-Design stage—a few of them unique—seem all through. The model-specific mesh grille, window surrounds, and mirror caps are accomplished in gloss black. The outside look is rounded out by R-Design 19-inch alloy wheels—although the take a look at truck was gifted with a $1000 set of ethereal 21-inch of “diamond-cut” rims. Entrance passengers settle into energy adjusted and heated Nappa-leather-and-fabric sport seats with reminiscence settings—although rear seats swap the hides for leatherette. A sport steering wheel, leather-trimmed shift lever, tailor-made sprint, and R-Design pedal trim full the cockpit décor. Luxurious and comfort components embrace 4-zone local weather management, inside high-level illumination, entrance park help, HomeLink garage-door transmitter, and a premium Harman Kardon sound system (that was changed within the take a look at automobile by the wonderful non-obligatory Bowers and Wilkins unit).
That’s along with a panoramic moonroof with energy shade, gloss-black built-in roof rails, keyless entry with illuminated door handles, 12.3-inch digital instrument and driver-information show, wi-fi charging, and USB “C” ports in each rows. Security assists encompass blind-spot alert, steering-linked LED headlights, “Oncoming Lane Mitigation” (to steer the automobile again into its lane ought to it cross the middle stripe when an oncoming automobile is detected), collision-avoidance for every part from pedestrians to massive animals, forward-collision and lane-departure warning and mitigation, driver-attention alert, and road-sign data.
Gone—to a level—are the two.0-liter 4-cylinder T5 (turbocharged) and T6 (turbocharged and supercharged) engines that previously powered nonhybrid XC60s. Their respective replacements—with the identical displacement and forced-induction strategies—are the B5 and B6 newly assisted by mild-hybrid know-how. These engines use a 48-volt electrical system and an electrical starter-generator in lieu of a standard starter motor. At 247 horsepower, the B5 is simply three ponies shy of what the T5 mill made, however the 295-horsepower B6 that powered CG’s take a look at truck sheds 21 T6 steeds. Nevertheless, one of many starter-generator’s a number of duties is to hasten torque supply for snappier begins and smoother shifts from the 8-speed automated transmission. (The B6 conjures 310 lb-ft of torque.)
The mix of turbo and supercharging supplies the B6 with energy boosts all through the rpm vary. Plus, the XC60’s supercharger is electrically run, so it avoids draining energy from the very engine it’s speculated to be serving to by avoiding the parasitic losses from a mechanical engine/blower hookup. The B6 is responsive and easy, with each good standing-start getaway energy and good freeway passing punch.
If the brand new powerplants cede some horsepower at the least they perk up fuel mileage a bit. The EPA estimates the B6 will get 21 mpg in metropolis use, 27 mpg on the freeway, and 24 mpg mixed, or one mpg higher in each metropolis and mixed driving than the T6. (The freeway estimate is unchanged.) This driver logged 24.9 mpg from a 179-mile take a look at composed of 39 % city-style operation.
Whereas B5-powered XC60s can include front-wheel or all-wheel drive, the B6 is simply paired with AWD. On this configuration it’s a assured, simply not spectacular, handler. Maybe it had one thing to do with the wheel/tire package deal however journey consolation could possibly be shaken by sure pavement irregularities. Thankfully, the take a look at automobile had the extra-cost four-corner air suspension to assist easy issues out a bit. Brakes ship positive, progressive stops.
Slipping behind the wheel, anybody aware of the XC60 would possibly initially assume the 9-inch vertically oriented touchscreen within the sprint is the portal to the identical Sensus infotainment system that has served the model for a number of years. Now, although, the center are a Google Android-developed system. (Apple CarPlay connectivity continues to be customary as effectively.) It boasts extra personalization choices, voice management, and navigation by way of Google Maps. Certainly one of our editors complained of problem in getting the nav system to permit him to provoke a route from his quick location, and when he tried to go the voice route, the gizmo erroneously thought he was asking for affirmation of his present location—and instructed him he was in Texas, which he was not. Not even shut. Digital buttons for controls and apps are bigger and extra colourful than on the outdated Sensus system but it surely nonetheless takes loads to work by to what you need to see—should you can determine the place it’s. The local weather system is concerning the best factor to entry by the touchscreen—it has its personal band alongside the underside of the display screen but it surely takes repeated finger tapping to alter temperature settings or fan velocity.
The modifications to the XC60 for ’22 don’t have an effect on inside lodging. There is identical ample leg- and headroom in each seating rows as we’ve seen earlier than, handy personal-item storage amenities, and class-competitive cargo house of 21.6 cubic ft behind the rear seat or 49.8 cubic ft when the 60/40-split rear seats are folded flat to increase the cargo space. A Lexus NX 450h+ that we examined at across the similar time had barely extra behind-seat house however rather less complete capability when its second-row seats have been retracted.
Until your tastes in infotainment know-how run to one thing less complicated, this Volvo are—is—an inviting consideration for buyers in its phase.
2022 Volvo XC60 B6 R-Design Gallery
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