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Volvo XC 60 2.4D Drive in the test: switching master

Hans-Dieter Seufert
Volvo XC 60 2.4D Drive in the test
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An off-road vehicle without all-wheel drive is like beer without foam. That tastes kind of bland. On the other hand: The Volvo XC 60 is Not a robust off-roader anyway, but rather a soft, chic SUV for the shopping spree of modern city dwellers. You could actually be consistent, mud and mud Jeep Wrangler , Mercedes G and Co. and leave the V olvo XC 60 with front-wheel drive. In combination with a manual transmission, this saves a good 3,000 euros compared to the Volvo XC 60 2.4D with all-wheel drive, which is only available with automatic transmission.

Volvo XC60 with 175 hp

In everyday life, the lack of rear-wheel drive is hardly noticeable on dry roads. Only when starting, especially on slight inclines, does the driver feel the influence of the drive through the steering more clearly. The power of the 175-hp 2.4-liter turbo-diesel tugged on the front wheels until the 1,811-kilo test car started moving. Once on the road, the Volvo XC 60 impresses with its good suspension comfort. However, the Swede does not filter transverse joints optimally, in extreme cases they can be felt in the steering. With early understeer on winding country roads, it also shows that it is designed more for safety than agility. The steering reacts a bit sluggishly, but this fits the alignment of the car.

Standard consumption is 1.5 liters less than the all-wheel drive variant

The Volvo XC 60 has long stretches of motorway. Here, its diesel picks up strongly. The maximum torque of 420 Nm is available from 1,750 rpm. However, the engine is acoustically present at work. At higher speeds, hissing wind noises in the area of ​​the B-pillar are also annoying. When it comes to fuel consumption, the manually shifted front-wheel drive model has an advantage over the all-wheel-drive model with automatic transmission and a little less power (163 hp): its standard consumption of six L /100 km is 1.5 liters belowthat of the four-wheel variant. If you opt for front-wheel drive and automatic, the XC 60 consumes 6.9 L /100 km. This is why the handset is nicknamed Drive, which Volvo stands for the most economical model in the series. A fuel-saving start-stop system such as in the Volvo V50 is missing just like a gearshift indicator. In everyday tests, the Volvo XC 60 2.4D Drive approved itself at 8.6 L /100 km. More than stated by the manufacturer, but an acceptable value for an SUV.

Overall, there is a lot to be said for the front-wheel-drive manual switch

Also because there are numerous extras at Volvo in which you can invest the 3,000 euro savings compared to the all-wheel drive with automatic could. There is the excellent audio system 'Premium Sound' for 2,100 euros or the integrated child seats for 300 euros. Since the Volvo XC 60 is particularly confusing to the rear, the rear parking aid is also worthwhile for 510 euros. Also useful: the driver assistance package (2,050 euros) with adaptive cruise control as well as lane change and blind spot assistant. The City Safety System, which prevents a rear-end collision at speeds of up to 30 km /h, is standard. The manual 2.4 D Drive does have one disadvantage. If you want to use it as a towing vehicle, you have to be satisfied with a maximum towing capacity of just 1,500 kilograms. With automatic go 1,800, the all-wheel drive version can even pull 2,000 kilos.

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