2014 Volvo XC60 D4 Drive-E Kinetic Review


A couple of people mentioned to me that this review might hard for me to do because I’d already sampled the top shelf of the Volvo XC60 bar a couple of weeks ago but actually this review was quite easy indeed.
Being such a fan of diesel cars I was extremely happy when given a chance to review the Volvo XC60 D4 Kinetic.

From the outside the XC60 looks great the frontend with Volvo’s trade mark grille combine with the lightly sloping front end and rear end styling complete to give the XC60 and up market market look and move it away from the boxy Volvo look of old.
Step inside and you get a distinct waft of elegance, the Kinectic may the entry level model but there’s nothing entry level about it’s equipment levels.
The leather seats are comfortable and offer a decent amount of support, the steering is comfortable to hold and the perfect thickness for me it also has controls for the audio system, and Bluetooth.
The instrument panel is a big LCD screen, Volvo calls it an Adaptive Digital Display it has 3 different themes you can choose from.
Elegance which has a nice blue and black tone gives you a speedo in the middle and temp gauge on the left and rev tacho on the right, Eco which is a green colour gives you the same setup except the temp gauge is replaced with a ECO gauge.
The last and my fav setting is performance which turns the screen red, the gauge in the middle changes to a large rev tacho with a large digital speedo in the middle, to the right is power metre.
Like I said in my review of the XC60T6R this is simply one of the most attractive looking instrument setups I’ve experienced.

The dash is made from soft touch material which in turn increases the elegant feel and the centre is home to the LCD screen from the media system.
While a lot of cars these days have large touch screen the Volvo doesn’t, instead its operated by the dials below, at first glance the amount of buttons does seem a touch daunting at first.
Once you learn which buttons are which it gets easier and a lot of the important functions can accessed via the steering wheel controls or the voice recognition system.
The Volvo Sensus system is great and allows you to access and change the settings for such things as the City Safety, lights, door mirrors, climate, central locking, audio and phone.
The integrated Bluetooth hands free system works extremely well once paired and it can also be  operated by the steering wheel controls.
It also offers live streaming from your phone via Bluetooth and there is the option to stream from the internet via Bluetooth or wifi but the only way I could get it to work to on my phone was to turn into a WIFI hotspot and connect that way I couldn’t get it to connect via Bluetooth.

The XC60 range comes with 2 diesel engines in the range and I’m testing the D4 which is the smaller of the two but they say good things come in small packages and this engine is a little cracker.
Putting out 130kW and 400Nm of torque it has plenty of power to keep up with traffic and is extremely tractable.
From a start it’s a little sluggish like most diesels but it can really get along as the rev’s rise, fuel economy was exceptionally good on my usual running around to work and doing the school run where I sit mostly in bumper to bumper traffic I averaged 10.2L/100km which really impressed me a lot this is one of the most fuel efficient diesel I’ve tested.
On the freeway it takes it to another level we did a 350km round trip to Goulborn and back and I averaged 5.2L/100km for the round trip at time though the instant fuel read out was telling me 3.5L/100km.
The car comes with start stop as well which really helped me keep my economy figures in traffic.
When we left Sydney the distance to empty said 585km til empty when we returned to Sydney it said 900km til empty so easily you could do 1100km on one tank on the freeway maybe even more.
The wonderful diesel was backed by Volvo’s geartronic 8 speed auto which was matched excellently to the engine, the shifts were smooth and Seamless and the transmission seemed to know which gear it should be in at all times.

On the road the XC60 D4 handles great the ride is very compliant, and handles the bumps and uneven surfaces excellently and on the freeway it rides extremely smooth indeed, in corners is sits almost flat and you have to be really pushing it before there’s a hint of lean.
This car is not only well suited to the suburbs but would make an excellent long distance cruiser as well.

Volvo prides itself on the safety levels of their cars and as you would expect this car is absolutely packed full of safety features including.
City Safety; Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Trailer Stability Assist (TSA), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) and Emergency Brake Lights with hazard light activation, Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC, Roll Stability Control (RSC); driver and front passenger dual-stage airbags front, two full length Inflatable Curtain airbags, Side Impact Protection System (SIPS) including SIPS airbags in front seats, Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), Intelligent Driver
Information System (IDIS) and the list goes on including built in booster cushions in rear outer seats which is great if you have younger children. It also comes with rear parking sensors and gets maximum bonus points for having a rear parking camera as well.

So after a week in the XC60 D4 Kinetic I came away feeling impressed the D$ has a massive amount of safety features, a spacious and comfortable cabin. The interior is luxurious and well put together, the quality of the fit, finish and materials used are top class.
I found while the D4 engine will easily keep up with traffic all while returning excellent economy partly thanks to the start stop system on the highway the economy is phenomenal making it a fantastic long distance cruiser the D4 Kinetic proved over the week to be one of the most fuel efficient diesels I’ve tested.
Over all the Volvo XC60 D4 Kinetic is a really impressive car and really should be one of the first cars you put on your list if you’re looking for a mid size premium SUV.
It’s priced from $59,890 when you look at the options list there’s a lot on it, this particular car came in at just over $62,000 with the addition of metallic paint and heated front seats.
For full details on the Volvo XC60 range check out their website http://www.volvocars.com/au

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