Owned for almost a year now. Bought second hand with very low mileage - nearly new. Overall I am a bit less than satisfied with the ownership experience. On a practical level there are some really annoying design flaws with this car. I recently drove it to France for our ski holiday and have to say the four wheel drive is very poor. OK it is the R Design with lower profile tyros but they simply spin up on any snow. You need snow chains! (never required on our CRV). The front windscreen takes forever to clear any frost and most annoying the rear doors and boot stick shut on anything below -1 degree! You cannot get into the car. Volvo dealer says it's normal - not true the CRV doors always opened. The front windscreen wipers have a huge cavity they rest in behind the bonnet which simply fills up with snow and any other crud. So your wiper blades are stuck when you need them most. Inside (again this may be due to R Design) the seats are to narrow. I am only 36 waiist. Unusual for a Volvo but it is just uncomfortable. Very difficult tom know this on a couple of hours test drive. Handbrake is simply a daft design. Economy is pretty good and motorway cruising is very good at 80 mph. Engine is a litle gruff when pushed. Rear passengers find the cabin too enclosing - kids find it difficult to see out due to high door line. Controls are quite nice but for the price I think I made a mistake. Think carefully and demand a long test drive.
It's one of the best cars I have driven - the interior is very classy, very practical, the space is enough for a family. Maybe in the back I would welcome some more knee room but no one will feel uncomfortable. The driver's position is excellent, it's extremely comfortable. Yes, the dash buttons are a bit smaller but it's not something annoying, they are even pleasant looking and it´s not a real reason you shouldn´t buy this car. The boot is enormous, you can have perfectly flat floor if you bend down the rear seat backs. There are different accessories for the boot that will make your life easier (you should order them). For 20000 miles - no reliability worries. The engine is powerful enough - you will feel confident every time you need to overtake. It´s the dream car for your family with a lot of safety features, etc.
But there are some bad points which will stop me from buying this car:
1.The fuel consumption is not very good, you should load up diesel time and time again. The best I have achieved in a journey in the country (country roads and motorways) is 39mpg but I have applied all the rules I know to save fuel. Normally the mixed driving is around 30mpg and in the city the things are very bad indeed 22mpg.
2. Whatcar says the refinement is 4 stars but actually the engine is very gruff when you overtake and there is a lot of road noise on coarse surfaces. Just ignoring this fact (the road noise) I think their review about the car is excellent.
I took delivery of my new XC60 a week ago. Initial impressions:
The ride/handling compromise is very good. You do feel bumps at low speeds (20mph) but this smooths out as speed increases towards A road and Motorway speeds. There's little body roll and good grip, so it's a shame the somewhat lifeless steering makes it difficult to fully exploit.
The 215 D5 twin turbo engine is so much better than the 185 D5 in our XC90 - it's hard to believe they're from the same stock. Where the XC90 could be noisy and even harsh when pushed, the XC60 has a really nice thrum to it, pulling strongly and instantly from very low revs and delivering surprising performance to what is a large car. The XC60 is also disconcertingly quiet, so it's easy to end up travelling at higher speeds than you would expect.
I can't put my finger on why the interior feels so much better than a Mercedes or BMW. I travelled in a brand new E-class last week and it really felt average compared to this. It's uncluttered and is just a nice place to be. Other things that stand out - there's definitely more legroom in the back than in the XC90, but I wish the front seats had more lateral support (I'm missing the XC90 sports seats).
The (standard) premium sound system is excellent and the iPhone integration works very well. I'm still trying to understand why they only put the 5 inch screen in the non-nav models - it's the one thing that feels cheap.
I'm definitely pleased with the purchase so far.
Bought this car (10 plate) second hand with 25000 miles on the clock. Now just completed my first 1000 miles and have enjoyed every one! Build quality is excellent, equipment level is very high, and the driving position is superb. Other reviews have criticised the fiddly Sat Nav controls situated behind the steering wheel, but I find them easy and intuitive to use with my only criticism that it's difficult to enter an address by postcode rather than by a conventional address. Only other slight niggle is that if you use the fancy keyless entry system that sometimes when you unlock the door that the retractable door mirrors sometimes don't un-retract... which is easy to rectify once your in the car, but annoying... Average mpg so far is ~38 - which for such a large car doesn't seem too bad. Performance is good, with plenty of torquey acceleration if you put your foot down. Overall a very good car and I'm looking forward to spending some quality time behind the wheel...
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