The updated crossover Volvo XC60 arrived at the test in an editorial, “his cap and vest” – the machine issued in the framework of a special series Ocean Race Edition, demonstrated the Nordic character and hardened sailor
Volvo XC60 midsize crossover has long been a supporter of Volvo. At the end of 2014, this model has become an absolute bestseller of the Swedish brand in our country, for which there are several explanations. Developers especially emphasizes the adaptability of our crossover road conditions – they say that they are almost the same as in Sweden. However, an equally important role is played by striking design, a wide range of production of engines and transmissions, the comfort level of the premium and, of course, an advanced security system.
Next generation Volvo XC60 will be no earlier than 2017. And in order to maintain interest in the 60th, the company tries to diversify the model. So, for us to test a crossover hit in an exclusive performance Ocean Race Edition, dedicated to the famous sailing regatta Volvo Ocean. By the way, the design package Ocean Race does not include any special features in the technical part. These are four of the original exterior colors, 18-inch wheels Portunus, original inserts on the center console and a scattering logos regatta.
Swedish designers have made it almost impossible – mixed in Volvo XC60 conservative and fashionable features in equal proportions. As a result, in this car, and an official in a business suit, and hipster in torn jeans look natural. What is called the premium component, the hero of the test is also present in its entirety, and it is captivating. It’s not even in the abundance of high-quality finishing materials: leather-covered front panel, seats and steering wheel, pliable plastic, metallic inlays and “floating” center console – just the tip of the iceberg. It is equally important that the Swedish crossover insulation is excellent, ergonomic chairs are equipped with a variety of adjustments and memory settings, speaker Harman / Kardon Hi-Fi function fills the interior surround sound, windshield, steering wheel and the two rows of seats have electric heating function.
Is there enough emotional interior “Swede”? To me, it is, especially in view of the yachting unobtrusive paraphernalia. On the other hand, the ten-year son of the author of this article appeared salon “simple and chilly,” neither give nor take the castle of the Snow Queen. Sincere interest was perhaps that man icon on the center console (by pressing on the head, feet, or body of the figure is adjusted the air flow direction “climate”) and a huge panoramic sunroof. And I barely had time to prevent the testing of SOS and the son of buttons ON CALL block control light in the cabin (in charge of communication with the operator and call emergency services). What do you want? Red box with the inscription SOS on the ceiling and asks that it clicked.
However, if the Volvo XC60 a little stingy on the outside decor is more than compensated by its functionality. Places for both rows of seats enough, a huge trunk (a set of “rubber” fit without problems), located in the underground “dokatka” back door is motorized, and the test car was also equipped with a keyless access to the salon and parking heater with timer.
And, of course, as in any other car Volvo, comfort and practicality are inseparable from the security. For example, active head restraints (rear impact car move up and down, reducing the effects of whiplash injury) does not cover the driver’s view and, if necessary, the rear pair can and does add up pressing the button on the front panel. Or patented transformation back row: when ordering this option, you can reformat the sofa cushion in a child seat, booster (though on a test machine “chips” were not, there’s either-or: order the electric-rear seat eliminates the possibility of adapting them for children) .
Devices intended to be the eyes and ears of the driver in the Volvo XC60 rife. Rear view camera with hints of path – a great help when parking, especially when she was assisted by front and rear parking sensors (optional extra), a multimedia center has an integrated Internet browser (Opera Mini). A reproach “seaman” is possible unless a slow soft non-touch screen “multimediyki” and “deaf” voice recognition system. For example, the command “Radio Mayak!” Your computer is properly carried out only at the third attempt.
After a few days of operation of the Swedish crossover I began to seek out the reasons that would allow me not to pass on the baton of his colleagues. And, I confess, I did not feel remorse. After all blame in this treacherous elegant speakers, comprehensive on-board systems, a comfortable chair, high-torque turbo surprisingly quiet … In short, Volvo XC60 managed to spoil me as soon as possible. However, I did not just staying in luxury, I subjected the ward incessant tests, trying to capture the essence of his character.
He began to audition for the role of a sports car. Why not? Under the hood is located perky 2.5-liter 249-horsepower gasoline engine, which gives help to the 6-band “machine” with the function of the shift paddles “petals” and the all-wheel drive. Could such a car to go fast? And how! Passport 7.1 seconds, metered to disperse to “hundreds”, speak for themselves. To beat a neighbor flow on the highway or in the city, you just press the accelerator pedal slightly.
Still sporting habits “Swede” I would not call. Reactions to “gas”, turns quite “long” steering (2.8 turns from lock to lock) and even pressing on the brakes here cushioned, dulled. “Norseman” executes with some laziness, or if you prefer, thoughtful. It can spur unless sporty or manual transmission. Another question is whether it is bad?
Ready to argue that there is. The hero of our test carries a general line of one of the most important automotive companies in the world to hurry – can be carried like mad – in any case! Zealous and reckless, as well as not fully capable, protect brand protection and control system, which in the Volvo XC60 is no number. In the first position of this list are active cruise control system to prevent the driver falling asleep, the function of a possible collision warning system and blind spot monitoring BLIS. Finally, all have nominally Volvo XC60 for our market are equipped with system City Safety, who knows how to automatically stop the car at speeds up to 50 km / h.
Another distinct advantage – a convenient mode “autopilot”. For example, on the second day of our acquaintance with the car I drove almost the entire distance from home to work (which is 26 km away!), Including adaptive cruise control. It sets the maximum permitted speed, distance to vperediiduschey car and took off his feet from the pedals, just twisted wheel. However, occasionally we had to restart the system corresponding key on the steering wheel when the vehicle he stopped in the stream. What is not an option when you are tired after a hard day at the office, or going to, say, talk on the phone hands-free technology Bluetooth?
On the highways and in conjunction turns crossover keeps very confident. Exception – a sharp start on a slippery surface, torque steer provoking: bagel in such circumstances is torn out of the hands, the machine starts to move a little off course, but this tendency, quickly extinguishes the clever and effective system of stabilization. Any kind of banks chassis resists wonderful that gives the driver, perhaps even excessive confidence and allows you to take turns almost at the same pace as in a sports sedan or hatchback. Ride on the pavement is not bad: Volvo XC60 detail translates to the body “small things,” but the bumpy road to the pits, and the joints are not annoying (on the broken roads and primers shakes, of course, a little more).
Well, what with off-road abilities? After all, the subject has an impressive ground clearance (230 mm), protective bodywork, 18-inch wheels with high profile tires! To cope with the challenges of the city under the crossover effect – that’s me on situations where you need to climb on the curb, get out of the snow-covered yard, say, or to overcome a slippery ascent. There is a good addition to body geometry help will be “smart” system of exchange rate stability, and traction control help system during the descent. However, serious tests (such as travel to the muddy field or the movement of large potholes) crossover is better not to expose – longish overhangs, low suspension moves, and all-wheel drive transmission, based on electron-pluggable clutch throws of the traction on the rear axle with a certain delay. In short, the movement on severe terrain will be at least uncomfortable, as a maximum – stuck.
So, Volvo engineers have managed to create a crossover with a true Nordic character, somewhat foppish, somewhat rustic, but amazingly comfortable, practical and reliable. Suffice it to say that for all the test did not leave me in a good mood, and it is our difficult times, you will agree is well worth it.