Maarten Lafeber of the Netherlands became the first hole-in-one player for the 11th hole as the Avantha Masters 2011 began in Gurgaon today. Lafeber won himself a luxury Volvo. Volvo Auto India has presented the Golf ace its technologically advanced SUV, Volvo XC60.
- Quick Spin: 2011 Volvo XC60 R-Design (autoblog.com)
JAN 26 2011 BY JENNIFER NEWMAN
Volvo competes in the luxury crossover marketplace with its 2011 XC60. If you have school-age kids, this five-passenger crossover has optional integrated booster seats that cost $500.
For the Car Seat Check, we use a Cosco rear-facing infant-safety seat, a Graco convertible child-safety seat and Graco high-back booster seat. The front seats are adjusted to a comfortable position for a 6-foot driver and a 5-foot-8 passenger. The child seats are installed in the second row and, if available, third row. The booster seat sits behind the driver’s seat, and the infant seat and convertible seats are installed behind the passenger seat.
Read the 2011 Volvo XC60 review in MotherProof.com .
Volvo XC60 Ice White R-Design – Exterior and interior – See here
Sensible yet sporty, desirable yet practical… the Volvo XC60 attempts to cater for your every need. Up to now, it has struggled to live up to that promise, so can a powerful new engine help it fight off rivals from Audi and BMW?
The new T5 R-Design certainly looks the part. The styling draws together the best bits from across the Volvo line-up, seamlessly blending the muscular shape of the XC90 with the latest S60’s sleek nose. The LED lights front and rear and smart 18-inch alloys are particularly pleasing touches.
Read more: Auto express
- XC60 well-equipped to take on roads (sfgate.com)
The Vice President of Volvo, Lex Kersemakers, confirmed to the newspaper Carsguide, the company is working on a new compact five-door crossover based on the model C30, which will be available in 2012. Vehicle information is still missing but presumed that it will be offered the same set of engines as the Volvo XC60.
Source: Cars and Trucks blog
Volvo has developed a driver alert safety feature that you can experience in the new XC60. The feature uses a camera to monitor the cars movements between the road markings and assesses whether the vehicle is being driven in a controlled way. If driver concentration drops, the driver is alerted with an alarm. Experience the XC60 on the “From Sweden with Löv” tour: www.volvocars.com
Source: Cars corals
The XC60 is touted as Volvo’s safest vehicle ever and even at the lower end of the price spectrum, safety features abound. Included is Volvo’s City Safety low-speed collision avoidance/ mitigation system. Volvo points out that three-quarters of all collisions occur at speeds below 30 km/h and in 50 per cent of those collisions, the driver takes no action to brake or steer away to avoid the collision.
With City Safety, a laser sensor in the windshield calculates the closing rate between the vehicle and the one in front. If a collision is imminent at speeds under 30 km/h and the driver takes no action, City Safety automatically activates up to 50 per cent braking power.
At speeds under 15 km/h it’s possible to avoid the collision entirely. Between 15 and 30 km/h, the goal is to reduce speed as much as possible prior to the collision.
Other safety features on this XC60 included four-wheel anti-lock (ABS) brakes, electronic brake distribution (EBD), stability and traction control, six air bags, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), fog lights and headlamp washers. A pretty impressive array of features but what else would you expect from a company like Volvo that has built its reputation on safety.
At $44,495, the XC60 I tested fits in the price range of many more families than the loaded model I drove just a year ago.
Read the full review on BC local news
Bankers Blog has a post/review from a prespective of a XC-60 buyer. Here are some of the highlights:
Having had the car for only 3-weeks, my overall impressions of the car has generally been positive. The car isn’t a Porsche in handling or performance but it is very luxurious and comfortable. The ride is firm but compared to my 911 as plush as riding on pillows. As long as you’re not a lead foot, the car drives very smoothly and the vehicle probably has some of the most massive breaks I have ever seen. I am amused at the pet divider being sturdy enough to possibly hold zoo animals (maybe some bobcats), but it does do an excellent job of keep my Doberman where he should be, in the back. With my previous cars I would of had to fight with him when I needed to shift gears. I am also proud to say I have not yet had to utilize the City Safety feature (though my mom could have used this feature in the 850 to prevent her accident). A couple of things that are annoying about the XC60 are the City Safety feature and the tire pressure monitor. The City Safety feature is guaranteed to set off your radar detector’s LIDAR function. The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) will error randomly while driving at highway speeds for no reason what-so-ever. I already took my car to the dealer once and they had not fixed the problem, so far I have been too lazy to take it back again, but will need to eventually. With a 5-year/60,000 mile free maintenance and warranty, I should have plenty of time.
VOLVO’S entrant in the medium prestige sports utility vehicle market, the XC60, is as safe as it is good looking. At the introduction last year, the T6 petrol variant was top dog offering superb performance to a great sound track.
That’s changed with the arrival of a new 2.4-litre, diesel five-cylinder that replaces the previous 2.4-litre diesel five. It’s a bit confusing but if you buy a new 2010 model D5, it has the new engine and is a better proposition than the previous unit.
On the road, the XC60 is a pleasant drive, not too big and with tidy manners. It steers with precision and has powerful brakes. But paddle gearshift is missing and the test vehicle had an annoying low frequency rumble at the highway speed limit possibly due to tyres or the drive system.
Read the full review on Hill Shire Times
I give Volvo credit for evolving its styling over the last few years to today’s nice lines and, dare I say it, an appealing design identity. The XC60 looks slick inside and out, especially inside. This is a fantastic interior, in both its design and execution. The flat-finished wood trim on the floating center console is a nice touch, and I say that as someone who generally despises wood trim in modern vehicles. But with the dark cocoa color scheme, it provides a nice contrast here. Again, the execution is fantastic.
The price is high, but I think this vehicle provides a perception of luxury and quality to justify it to those who are into such things, and that’s a rarity with most similar utes that usually fail in their efforts to impress enough to excuse the price. I give Volvo credit for this as well.
On top of all that, the XC60 is a fine driver with the right amount of power and well-composed handling and road manners. Like its C30 stablemate, however, this vehicle’s design suggests that it is sportier than its actual dynamics reveal. I don’t mean to suggest there is anything wrong with its performance, but it is not going to knock your socks off if you get into it expecting an adrenaline rush.
I only drove it for one night and did not put many miles on it, so I too was baffled by the blank nav screen. I couldn’t figure out how to turn it on without consulting the manual. But it’s silly to complain about that since an owner will certainly get the full rundown on all the bells and whistles.
Read The full review on AutoWeek.