Volvo XC60 D4 Diesel 4X2 Review: The Right Choice for 2020?
In its two-wheel drive version, the Volvo XC60 Diesel D4 Geartronic 8 does not hide its driving pleasure and ticks the right boxes on the budget side: more than 3,000 € savings compared to the 4×4 version, TVS divided by two and beautiful frugality.
Premium SUVs, which include the Volvo XC60, are often ordered in a well-equipped configuration of equipment and machinery. The automatic transmission is common, as is the 4×4 all-wheel drive. The Volvo XC60 is no exception: all versions combined, 69% of the models sold in 2018 were All Wheel Drive (AWD).
This important part is explained by the fact that many engines are only offered with this AWD transmission (D5, T6, and T8). When the customer has the choice, the distribution is more equitable. This is the case of the 190 hp XC60 D4 – the most requested engine – half of whose sales are for the 4×2 version. Just take a look at the rates to understand the choice of buyers and take charge of the model to reassure itself on its approval.
New Volvo XC60 D4 4×2 price
Available from € 47,640 in Momentum, the Volvo XC60 D4 Geartronic 8 4×2 points to € 54,290 in finishing Well-equipped registration as our test model. A price to which must be added a small penalty of 113 € to the scale 2019. It is a lower price of 3,337 € compared to the same XC60 4×4 version (€ 56,690 and € 1,050 penalty). In addition to the lower price, the D4 two-wheel drive version allows companies to halve the TVS (tax on company cars) with a CO2 weight of 119 g / km (correlated NEDC value).
In this segment of premium SUVs highly dependent on sales to businesses, the XC60 D4 4×2 is the right student service. There is also the T8 plug-in hybrid version to further reduce taxes, but its price (€ 73,790 in registration) puts it almost € 20,000 more expensive than diesel D4. While this T8 is powerful (390 hp), but it is forced by the recharge of its battery to draw the quintessence and attention to its consumption on road and highway. Especially that on this last point, the XC60 D4 has shown frugality.
The advantage of a full transmission is obviously the gain in motricity and safety. It’s also a way to better distribute power on the ground, a significant advantage with very powerful engines. In the case of 2020 Volvo XC60 Diesel, there is not boundless energy: the 190 hp and 400 Nm of torque are very well channeled and distributed by the front train of a modern car. Moreover, during our test, the XC60 4×2 did not show any weakness in motricity when starting or when leaving the corner. Even in the rain, it has remained imperturbable, showing that it goes very well with an integral transmission that weighs on its mass (+ 80 kg) and its consumption (about 10% more).
It is by insisting more strongly on the accelerator that the absence of the all-wheel drive is felt. The 2020 Volvo XC60 Diesel seems less “posed” on the road and the trajectory is less clear. Nothing serious, because these observations are made at a pace that suits little Volvo, who prefers the cool attitude to the sport. Moreover, if you are looking for a dynamic SUV you have to aim for the R-Design version with Sports chassis or change the creamery. For comfort, our XC60 is the right address even if we would have liked a more responsive direction. In addition to the soft suspension for passengers, comfort is manifested through well-designed seats, quality furniture or silence on the highway. The Geartronic 8 automatic transmission also contributes to peace of mind thanks to its smooth and well-designed operation.
Smooth for passengers, the 2020 Volvo XC60 Diesel D4 is also sweet for the wallet when it comes to the pump. On a road course of 400 km on the secondary network approached at usual speeds, he settled for only 6.6 l/100 km. On the same distance on the motorway (so at higher speed), the flow remained limited to 7.3 l / 100 km and it varies little if you have a foot a little heavy. For a family SUV so impressive, these scores are significant and must be added an autonomy of about 750 km. No gasoline or plug-in hybrid model can display such flattering fuel economy and mileage figures on the road. Proof that diesel remains the best choice in many cases.
2020 Volvo XC60 Diesel D4 Interior
Fine finish, quality materials and sober presentation for the XC60. Registration level is well equipped as standard: GPS, touch screen, reading panels, 12-inch digital handset, keyless start and leather upholstery on the seats and the dashboard. The content and graphics of the counters are personalized thanks to the digital slab. The central screen is used as a tablet. One of the best multimedia systems on the market. The XC60 seats offer excellent support and comfort. The Geartronic 8 lever and the rotary control to start: simple and practical.
The direct competitors of the Volvo XC60 skip two-wheel drive versions: Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLC ride with four-wheel drive. The new BMW X3offers a S drive two-wheel drive version but with the 150hp 18d engine that performs less than the XC60, and at a higher price. There are still two alternatives to the XC60 4×2: the sporty Alfa Romeo Stelvio , better legs but a notch below in manufacturing quality, and the DS7 Crossback which represents the tricolor premium with chrome, LED profusely, neat interior and good comfort. Both have lower rates than the Volvo.
Do not ride snowy passes every weekend? You do not practice dynamic driving on the small roads of Auvergne, Vosges or Périgord? You can opt for the two-wheel drive version of the XC60 with peace of mind and a great economy. With its low consumption, this 2020 Volvo XC60 Diesel D4 also shows that the T8 plug-in hybrid is a heresy: too expensive, too heavy, too greedy for road use. This XC60 D4 4×2 is promised a bright future with companies, especially that the way is free: Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLC are not there and the BMW X3 18d 4×2 is less efficient.