This is a follow up to my first review of the 2015 Volvo XC60 T5, published in late 2015 when I had owned the car for just 10 days.
This model is actually an MY15.5. If anything, I like the car even better.
After almost 33,000km, nothing has gone wrong. I change oil every 7500km, which is a bit pricey. Fuel consumption is okay. Urban driving, I average around 8.9-9.2L/100km. That figure improves on the highway to around 7.8-8.3L/100 km.
I still hate the auto stop/start. And the ride is a bit harsh on our rough frost heavy roads, but it is well controlled. The engine-transmission combination is as satisfying today as on the first day I bought the car.
One of your readers was confused about cross shopping Honda. Well, why not? Honda has some fine crossovers. But, ultimately, the Volvo won out. It has better equipment levels, and I liked the fuel economy.
What I really love is the uniqueness of the design. I didn’t want one of the German cars; these days, it seems like every other car on the road is one of those. The safety rating also attracted me to the XC60.
I have been drooling over the 2018 XC60, and looking for ways to justify making a switch, but at 78 years of age, it’s tough to find employment that pays well for little work.
What impresses me the most about this car is that in inclement weather, the door sills do not get dirty, and under the hood stays remarkably clean.
I was a wee bit wary at first opting for a turbo four-cylinder, but having owned a 123GT while stationed overseas with RCAF, that four-cylinder was a fine engine, and my experience to date bears it out.
It hasn’t used a drop of oil between changes. I change oil more frequently because I do a fair bit of urban driving, not ideal for any engine.
The front electric heated windshield is a real bonus and very welcome on frosty days. The heating system is quite awesome, and the electric water pump allows for heating up very quickly. The standard sound system is pleasure to listen to. Eight speakers.
The fact the Volvo is made with a good amount of boron steel must surely help for passenger safety in a crash. The car’s handling is safe and secure, but not crisp, but it does make you feel comfortable safe and secure.
I would highly recommend this car, but would hesitate on buying a 2018 model, as usually there are a fair number of hiccups with a brand new model.
Note: stock image used for illustration purposes