|Volvo provided new 2018 XC60 AWD Inscription models for the national press launch. (Photo: Brian Armstead, Canadian Auto Press)|
Volvo is no different. Once on the brink of extinction, the renowned Swedish brand was purchased by Chinese auto giant Geely, which wisely pumped cash into Volvo to resuscitate it, while allowing Volvo to do what it does best — build superb cars with tons of luxury and safety. The result has been a string of hits for Volvo, including the XC90, S90, V90 Cross Country and the 2018 XC60.
Let’s start outside with the all-new XC60 where surprisingly, Volvo’s are now known for sensuous, sleek styling. Up front, “Thor’s Hammer” daytime running lamps with LED technology are a “smashing” styling hit. Loosely based on the shape
|Volvo certainly has style in its corner, the new XC60 adapting the same sleek lines as its larger XC90 sibling. (Photo: Volvo)|
|No one will mistake the XC60 for anything but a Volvo from front or back. (Photo: Volvo)|
Inside, good things continue. The list of standard and available comfort and convenience features is long and comprehensive, depending on trim level. XC60’s are available in Momentum, R Design, and Inscription trims, with prices starting at $45,900.
During the XC60’s media launch in scenic Denver, Colorado, assembled automotive
|Volvo’s new LED "Thor’s Hammer" headlights are totally distinctive. (Photo: Volvo)|
Standard Inscription goodies include remote engine start, navigation with real time traffic, blind spot system, four-zone climate control, 10-way power front driver’s seat, Bluetooth, satellite radio, high-performance audio system, steering wheel controls, real driftwood or aluminum mesh interior inlays, humidity sensor, Nappa leather, smart remote key fob, hands free open/close tailgate, Wi-Fi hotspot and much, much more.
One major interior highlight on Inscription trim is the 12.3-inch Digital Driver Display.
|The new XC60 interior is a cut above the outgoing model and most of its luxury branded peers. (Photo: Volvo)|
Within the Inscription trim level, you can choose from three propulsion options, all with all-wheel drive. T5 models offer 250 horsepower (turbocharged), T6 models 316 hp (combination turbocharged and supercharged), and plug-in hybrid T8 models,
|Volvo’s Sensus touchscreen infotainment display is as easy to use as an Apple or Android tablet. (Photo: Volvo)|
Power in T6 guise is very impressive. As we wound our way through very twisty roads at high elevations in the Rocky Mountains, the T6 turbo responded without a hiccup – a notable achievement given that automobiles generally lose power as the air gets thinner at higher altitudes.
Another achievement of note for the XC60, and for all current model Volvos, is that they are fun to drive. Lighter weights, more advanced technology, and a whole new philosophy drives Volvo’s new commitment to performance and handling. And they are still world leaders in safety.
|Roomy and comfortable, the XC60 improves on the outgoing model in every way. (Photo: Volvo)|
The 2018 Volvo XC60 does everything well. It’s a terrific buy for pretty much any demographic you throw at it: younger professionals who want their own individual style; families seeking safety and utility; active lifestylers; and older drivers who want to spice up their driving experience.
Well done Volvo!
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