Auto Bild magazine tested the new Volvo XC60 D4 up against the Mercedes GLC 250 d 4Matic and Audi Q5 2.0 TDI Quattro.
The new Volvo XC60 puts pressure on its german rivals Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLC. Based on the new SPA platform used also for the XC90 big brother, with a fresh design and top class safety ans assistance systems, the new Volvo XC60 is an important challenger for german premium brands. But how good he is?
German magazine Auto Bild has tested the new XC60 in the D4 AWD version (2 liter diesel, 190 HP) up against Audi Q5 2.0 TDI (2 liter diesel, 190 HP) and Mercedes GLC 250 d 4Matic (2.2 liter diesel, 204 HP).
Almost as long and wide like its german rivals, Volvo XC60 has a nice design and a premium interior. At the rear, the door is slightly narrow but Volvo is as spacious like germans and offer a very good visibility. Its maximum luggage compartment (1,432 liter) is slightly smaller than Audi (1,550 liter) and Mercedes (1,600 liter) but folding the rear backrest you get a perfect plain load area while in Audi there is a small edge.
Inside, Volvo has very good seats and a lot of storage compartments but the german testaer asked himself where is the traditional Scandinavian clarity regarding the central touchscreen. There are a lot of confusing submenus, the dashboard is mirrored in the windshield, not to mention the curious combination between grey wood, beige leather and chrome.
By comparison, The Audi cockpit is much clear and has a better ergonomics, while the driver sits three centimeter lower. Mercedes offers a sporty interior and a high dashboard with analogue instrument dials (there is no option for digital one).
On the road, Volvo offers a very good noise insulation and very good comfort, but the steering does not offer enough feedback and is not very precise in the middle. Audi and Mercedes are much more engaged and offer more dynamic.Mercedes engine offers the best accelerations and in-gear accelerations but is thirstier with 7.4 l/100 km. Volvo is alsmost the laziest but is from far very economic with only 6.5 l/100 km.
If you want to know more details you can look here to the video test published by Auto Bild magazine.