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Volvo XC60 is stylish and stacked with features

Talking further on Volvo’s second generation XC60 SUV – a premium mid-sized SUV that comes three models Momentum, Inscription and the more sporty R-Design and a choice of five powertrains depending on model – I’ve been driving the 2.0-litre D5 twin-turbo diesel R-Design – $73,990 in eight-speed automatic and all-wheel- drive –a five seater loaded with driving aids, safety features and comfort and convenience equipment. The performance is strong and very satisfying, especially using the manual paddle shifters, the steering exceptional for feel, response and turning circle while the brakes are top of class. The XC60 is stylish, stacked with features and equipment and has a roomy interior with good luggage space. I found little to fault with it – my only gripe is the 9-inch central colour touch screen – simple functions can involve one or two slides of the finger which is distractive for the driver. The twin-turbo diesel was frugal – I managed 8.8L/100km with fairly hard driving – in what is a rather heavy SUV. The two-litre twin turbo diesel has a gutsy 480 Nm of torque between 1750 and 2250 revs where you do much of your motoring. As such it feels strong in the higher gears around town, an ideal tow vehicle, solid, nicely built and finished with superb Nappa leather seats that offer enormous comfort on a long
drive. Volvo sales dipped last year by 20 per cent and its XC60 and the latest XC90 now represent 63 per cent of its business. Local management is confident the current SUV’s and a new smaller XC40 will lift Volvo sales this year. I’m David Berthon

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