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A weekend with...a Volvo XC60

We spent a weekend with a Volvo XC60 D5 AWD R-Design, here's our impression.



Simply stylish, uber cool and tech savvy, the Volvo XC60 is the Swedish brand's take on today's luxury compact SUV. We took it out for the weekend.


This 2019 Volvo XC60 D5 AWD R-Design is finished in Crystal White with a Charcoal R-Design Interior is an absolute pleasure to drive. The quiet, comfortable cabin provides adult-sized accommodations in both rows. Clean lines and high-quality materials add a distinctly Scandinavian flavour to the XC60's cabin—the powered R-Design seats are so very very comfortable it's actually a little bit sad to leave them behind in the car, they'd be idealy placed in a modern lounge.

Decent cargo-hauling capability puts the XC60 into a league of its own, with 505 litres it easily swallowed the biggest Ice Hockey gear bag and sticks! The rear seats are easy to fold and go down completely flat, giving even more room. Coupled with a powered tailgate that lifts high out of the way, leaving a wide opening that’s very handy to place objects in and out of.

Infotainment and Connectivity

The Volvo touchscreen infotainment system about the size of an iPad—which Volvo calls Sensus Connect—is standard on the XC60 and comes with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. Bluetooth connectivity and an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot powered by a 4G LTE data connection is also offered on this car. Connecting a new phone was super easy and allowed the driver to play his favourite tunes to drive to. Oh that 1100-watt 15-speaker B&W audio system will make you re-visit some of your most favourite tracks, ideal for carpool karaoke too.


This XC60 has the Volvo D5 engine Twin Turbocharged 2 Litre diesel engine producing 177Kw and 500Nm of torque all transferred through the AWD system and an 8 speed transmission. It certainly has some off the line get-up-and-go and will leave you smiling as you leave others at the lights in the 0-50 green light competition. 

The right badges.


It wouldn't be a Volvo blog post if we didn't talk about safety! All XC60 models come standard with a wealth of active safety features, including automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and large animal detection, oncoming lane mitigation, lane keep assist, driver alert control, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and automatic high beams. This car with the Advanced package adds a surround-view camera system, active bending headlights, and semi-autonomous driving capability.

Volvo's 9" touchscreen is class leading

What we think

It's no secret that the Volvo XC60 is a bit of a staff favourite here at Archibalds. This car is visually stunning, inside and out, and the engine feels powerful and responsive. The Volvo’s seats are the star of the car, both front and back, and are supportive and comfortable. The XC60 Volvo delivers on the details, big and small, it would be an ideal member of your family garage.

Volvo Seats - absolute bliss!

Turn up the heat!

Experience it for yourself this summer, and save up to $5,000 for a limited time. See http://www.archibalds.co.nz/volvo-heat/

Contact Eric for a test drive on 021 315 970 or email [email protected]