Volvo Cars have long been known for their safety and steadiness and that was mainly what I expected to be the USP of the new XC60 as I headed to Dalaman and into the mountains near Marmaris Turkey to test drive the long-awaited premium SUV.
At first sight, the exterior of the XC60 has an athletic sculpture with a subtle, timeless quality while the interior is a masterful composition of well-resolved architecture and the very latest technology perfectly blended together.
Driving through different road terrains from Dalaman to the Topgozu Canyon area and then to Marmaris, Akyaka and then stopping at Sakar Hill, we had a commanding view of the road ahead in a functional and aesthetically pleasing cabin while enjoying the comfortable ride. The roads gave us the opportunity to use the Pilot Assist, Volvo’s advanced semi-autonomous driver assistance system, which takes care of steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads up to 130 km/h.
The new stylish and dynamic SUV is fully loaded with new technology. Steer Assist has been added to the ground-breaking City Safety system. A new safety system called Oncoming Lane Mitigation uses steer assist to help mitigate head-on collisions, while Volvo’s Blind Spot Indication System (BLIS) now uses Steer Assist functionality to reduce the risk of lane-changing collisions. Upgraded and improved as well is the driver infotainment and connected services offer, Sensus, and the Volvo On Call app. As in the 90 Series cars, smartphone integration with CarPlay and Android Auto is also available.
Plus the new safety features are designed to provide the driver with automatic steering assistance or support when required and to help avoid potential collisions, making the new XC60 one of the safest cars on the road.
Power and performance is also worth mentioning as the new XC60 has Volvo’s award-winning T8 Twin Engine petrol plug-in hybrid at the top of the powertrain range, delivering 407 hp and acceleration from 0 -100 Km in just 5.3 seconds. The new CleanZone four-zone climate system removes harmful pollutants and particles from outside the cabin to deliver fresh air on the inside.
The City Safety feature has been updated in the XC60 to include steering support, which engages when automatic braking alone would not help avoid a potential collision. In such circumstances, the car will provide steering assistance to avoid the obstacle ahead. City Safety helps to avoid collisions with vehicles, pedestrians and large animals and the steering support is active between 50-100 km/h.
Volvo Cars has also added a system called Oncoming Lane Mitigation, which helps drivers to avoid collisions with vehicles in an oncoming lane. The system works by alerting a driver who has unwittingly wandered out of a driving lane by providing automatic steering assistance, guiding them back into their own lane and out of the path of any oncoming vehicle. This system is active between 60-140 km/h.
Volvo Cars’ optional Blind Spot Information System, which alerts drivers to the presence of vehicles in their blind spot is updated to include steer assist functionality that helps avoid potential collisions with vehicles in a blind spot by steering the car back into its own lane and away from danger.
Unsurprisingly, Volvo’s highly successful original XC60 was the bestselling premium mid-sized SUV in Europe with nearly a million units sold globally and today, the model represents around 30 per cent of Volvo’s total global sales.