From Driftwood Trim To A Crystal Shift Knob, The Volvo Xc60’s Details Set It Apart
Volvo’s XC60 cuts a unique path through the compact-luxury-crossover segment. It eschews the Teutonic rigidity of German SUV-segment mainstays such as the Audi Q5 and the BMW X3 for a more welcoming Swedish flair. It’s that focus on design that truly sets the Volvo apart, and the XC60 is filled with well-considered Scandinavian touches that you can click through and explore in detail here.
Volvo Takes Its Swedish Heritage Seriously
Yes, that is a tiny Swedish flag stitched into the seam of the XC60’s front seat. It’s a clever little detail that Volvo debuted on the current-generation XC90, the 60’s larger three-row sibling, in 2014.
That Isn’t the Only Swedish Flag Inside
Just in case you fail to notice the Swedish flag tag on the XC60’s seat, Volvo molds one into the chrome trim running across the dashboard, just beneath the passenger-side A/C vent.
No, Really, the XC60 Is That Swedish
Further ensuring you won’t mistake Volvo’s heritage for some other Nordic nation is the available crystal shift knob supplied by Orrefors of Sweden. The Scandinavian glassmaker hand-makes the piece, which comes standard on the top-level Inscription trim with the T8 plug-in-hybrid powertrain.
There Is a Plug-In-Hybrid Version-with 400 Horsepower
Speaking of that T8 powertrain, it isn’t your typical ho-hum plug-in-hybrid fare. Instead, Volvo borrows the T6 model’s turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and adds a lithium-ion-battery-powered electric motor, netting 400 horsepower and an EPA-rated 18 miles of electric-only driving range. An XC60 T8 we tested shot from zero to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds. When it comes time to recharge the battery—some energy is recaptured during braking—simply plug a charger into the charge port, which is hidden behind a fuel door look-alike on the left front fender.
Vertically Oriented Infotainment System
Volvo’s latest infotainment setup, shared among its newest products (S90, V90, XC40, XC60, XC90) breaks with the industry’s wide-angle norm and uses a vertical touchscreen arrangement, Tesla style. The XC60’s display isn’t as huge as the one in Tesla’s Model S and Model X, but it usefully lays out audio, navigation, climate, and phone functions in four horizontal tiles. Tap one, and that menu expands to fill most of the screen for easy access, squeezing the other three tiles above and below. Secondary functions, including settings and more, are accessible by swiping across the panel in either direction, pulling in submenus from the edges of the screen as on a smartphone. The system also comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.