Quiet, quick, comfortable. If I had three words to sum up the driving experience that would be them. Twist the aftershave bottle lid to switch it on and you're going – no sound as the electric motor wakens and waits.
That's in Hybrid mode. You can roll the mode selector into Dynamic and the petrol engine will start.
I left the car in Hybrid for almost the entire time, where it uses both the petrol engine and electric motor in the most efficient way possible.
Sitting next to the speedo is another dial whose needle swings into the petrol or electric zone depending on which you're drawing your propulsion from. As you hit the brakes the size of the electric zone grows as charge in the batteries is topped up. Providing there's enough charge you can drive purely on electricity in Eco mode.
But not me. Nope, I left it in hybrid and never charged it using the wall plug. I did it for two reasons.
Yup, the acceleration is fairly rapid: 0-100km/h in 5.3 seconds isn't supercar territory, but it's quick.
One, I'm lazy, and it would mean asking my wife to move her car out of the driveway so I could park the Volvo close to a power point.
Two, it was purely 'scientific'. I wanted to see what the worst-case scenario would be. It was bad – Volvo claims if you plug it in regularly you'll see an amazing mileage of 2.1L/100km.
Around town the trip computer said I was average 16.0L/100km and this dropped to 14.0L/100km after some motorway travel. Still high, and all because I hadn't charged it, and because of the way I was driving it.
Yup, the acceleration is fairly rapid: 0-100km/h in 5.3 seconds isn't supercar territory, but it's quick, and the 'whoomph' of a kick you get when you stand on the go-fast pedal is addictive. That doesn't conserve fuel... not when you're doing it at every traffic light.
If you're planning to outlay $2950 on the optional ventilated seats, I'd recommend going for the air suspension instead. The regular seats are beautiful, and the air bags give the XC60 a super comfy, but composed ride, while maintaining good handling.
Well insulated, the cabin is serene, even with that supercharged and turbocharged engine growling in full flight, there's also minimal wind noise or tyre roar filtering in. The adaptive cruise control with steering assistance works eerily well, too.