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Volvo XC60 T5 2WD 2011 review

Handles like a sporty wagon offering sharp steering, excellent six-speed double clutch manumatic transmission and strong brakes
EXPERT RATING
7.6

One of Volvo's most popular models, the right size XC60 comes in various flavours including the entry level T5 front wheel drive version we have in the carport for the next three months. It is attracting plenty of attention.

VALUE

This one goes for an affordable $54,990 and is all you really need in a compact, luxury SUV. Alternatives are smaller and possibly more expensive in the luxury market. The price has jumped $800 in the last month but Volvo has added nearly $2500 worth of goodies including a rear view camera and a power operated tailgate.

High-performance multimedia is now standard in the T5 and the large info' screen is full colour. The Bluetooth has been updated to include audio streaming. The vehicle itself is handsomely equipped offering all manner of luxury including leather, climate control, cruise, rain sensor wipers, auto headlights, park assist and 17-inch alloys.

TECHNOLOGY

The recently-released T5 engine is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol GTDi (Gasoline Turbocharged Direct Injection) unit producing 177kW/320Nm. The all-aluminium 16-valve engine meets the latest Euro 5 emissions standards and in the XC60 T5 consumes 8.7L/100km with 207g/km of CO2. A 0-100km/h sprint takes 8.1 seconds.

A dual clutch six-speed Powershift transmission offers extremely quick and smooth gear changes and improved efficiency.

DESIGN

Looks great inside and out with family Volvo styling similar to the chic S60 and V60. Tail light treatment is outstanding and the front looks assertive and stylish. Room for five inside and plenty of load space. Love the centre stack and entire dash layout - they do a good job at Volvo. Hypoallergenic materials = sneeze free.

SAFETY

Ticks all the boxes and scrubs up against all-comers even without optional features.Gets City Safety to prevent rear enders, emergency flashing brake lights, roll over stability control and multiple air bags among an impressive array of safety kit. Five stars no problem.

DRIVING

Has a firm, controlled ride and satisfying response from the 2.0-litre boosted engine. Handles as well as a sporty wagon offering up sharp steering, that excellent six-speed double clutch manumatic transmission and strong brakes. Gets off the line quickly, is smooth and quiet most of the time and is actually a really engaging drive.

VERDICT

Can't see why you'd bother with the all wheel drive models. The diesel might appeal on the basis of more torque and frugal thirst. This is the one we'd get.

VOLVO XC60 T5

Price: $54,150
Warranty: 3 years, 100,000km, roadside assist
Resale: 69% Service Interval 15,000km or 12 months
Economy: 8.7 l/100km; 207g/km CO2
Equipment: six airbags, City Safety, ESC, ABS, EBD, EBA, TC.
Crash rating: 5 star
Engine: 177kW/320Nm 2-litre turbo-petrol
Transmission: Six-speed dual-clutch auto
Body: 5-door, 5 seat, wagon
Dimensions: 4627 (L); 1891mm (W); 1713mm (H); 2774mm (WB)
Weight: 1740kg
Tyre size: 235/65R17
Spare tyre: Space-saver.

Pricing Guides

$18,397
Based on 32 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$11,999
Highest Price
$19,990

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
3.2 3.2L, PULP, 6 SP AUTO $11,999 – 17,989 2011 Volvo XC60 2011 3.2 Pricing and Specs
3.2 Teknik 3.2L, PULP, 6 SP AUTO $13,970 – 18,370 2011 Volvo XC60 2011 3.2 Teknik Pricing and Specs
D5 2.4L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $18,795 – 19,990 2011 Volvo XC60 2011 D5 Pricing and Specs
D5 R-Design 2.4L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $18,040 – 22,880 2011 Volvo XC60 2011 D5 R-Design Pricing and Specs
EXPERT RATING
7.6
Pricing Guide

$14,990

Lowest price, based on 10 car listings in the last 6 months

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