The sporty, sophisticated, muscular Volvo XC60 R-Design instinctively commands your attention with its classy yet imposing presence. Dynamic in attitude inside and out, as well as in the way it drives, it’s a car for people who want to make the most of every minute on the road.
Yes, this is the dynamic Swedish SUV. The front grille and lower outer grille inserts in glossy black, in addition to integrated tailpipes set in a unique insert, give it a truly sporty feel. A unique design of 20-inch alloy wheels plant the car on the road. Inside, the theme continues with supportive Contour Seats. Finished in perforated Nappa leather, these will support you perfectly throughout your ride, long or short. There is a reason why Volvo seats are thought of as among the world’s best. On the R-Design, futuristic metal mesh aluminium decor panels for the dash, centre console, transmission tunnel and doors complete the sporty atmosphere.
All reviewers and reports agree the redesigned Volvo XC60 is one of the best luxury compact SUVs you can buy. It sports improvements across the board, including, importantly, a massive amount of safety features (most of which are standard) and a sophisticated, serene interior. The XC60 really is a terrific luxury compact SUV and it now sits with the best in class. Some of the most notable improvements include the state-of-the-art infotainment system, more legroom for rear-seat riders, and peppy engine choices.
Whichever seat you’re in, the Premium Sound by Bowers & Wilkins audio system lets you hear the music you love just as the artists intended. Using 15 high-fidelity loudspeakers and an astonishing 1,100 watts of state-of-the-art amplification, it’s an immersive experience with crystal-clear, powerful sound like a majestic stage or recording studio.
If comfort, safety, and sophistication are the main drivers in your search for a new SUV, the Volvo XC60 is a good fit for you. With its roomy second row and impressive list of safety features, it’s also a good pick for families. Tech-savvy shoppers will take note of its sleek infotainment system with the smooth iPad-like large touchscreen and semiautonomous driving functions.
The XC60 T6 feels pretty lively – open the throttle, hear the soft whine of the supercharger kick in, and you’ll get up to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds with the help of the turbocharger also on board. Overall the XC60 with this energetic engine is fun to pilot.
When it comes to safety, Volvo is one of the most advanced brands in the marketplace. It has always been, and continues to lead the drive for more safety for driver and passengers, and even pedestrians. Suffice to say, the XC60 offers more standard and available safety equipment than competing brands. The list is long and Volvo is a deeply interesting automotive story. The best way to get the full picture is to go to the Volvo showroom on Khalifa Street where all can be revealed…
ENGINE Two-litre supercharged and turbocharged DOHC, 16 valves, variable valve timing
MAX POWER 320 hp (239kW) @ 5,700
MAX TORQUE 400 Nm @ 2,200 – 5,400 rpm
ACCELERATION 0 – 100 kph in 5.9 secs
DRIVELINE Geartronic 8-speed shiftable automatic with All-Wheel-Drive (AWD)
EXTERIOR The new XC60 continues the visual makeover under design chief Thomas Ingenlath; crisp lines, beautiful surfacing and powerful bonnet (or hood) present a much more elegant exterior than before; rising beltline, subtle haunches over rear wheels, a more steeply raked windshield and backlight, lower nose and shorter wheelbase ensure the XC60 is perceived as the sporty alternative to the more capacious XC90
INTERIOR From an interior design and quality point of view, the XC60 leads its class; another stunning Volvo interior, dominated by a large and easy-to-use nine-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen in the centre of the dash; fully integrated Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; fabulous fabrics; brilliant Bowers & Wilkins hi-fi with 15 high-fidelity loudspeakers and 1,100 watts of amplification; clean, filtered air
SAFETY/SECURITY The new XC60 introduces even more of the world-leading and advanced technology features that prove how Volvo has always been the most dedicated to improving safety. IntelliSafe is Volvo’s industry-leading commitment to meeting its goal that no one should be killed or injured in a new Volvo by 2020.
The new Volvo Retail Experience awaits you at the refurbished Volvo showroom on Khalifa Street, near TV Intersection. Friendly, informative staff will be pleased to explain the competitive prizing and financing arrangements, and arrange a test drive of the new Volvo XC60 or any of its range of cars and SUVs. Call 4424 6860 or visit Volvo Qatar website. There’s also the toll-free number 800 8123 for all Domasco enquiries.
Author: Terry Sutcliffe
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