₹ 60.89 Lakh Onwards
Where and how we met is what is vital... we met in Bhopal during the NDTV-Volvo XC60 Adventure Challenge and that is where I fell in love with a 40 L car! So the first good thing about the XC60 is that it makes you fall in love with it. The rest of the good things follow in a line, never falling out or being raucous or boisterous, such is the effect of the car. So whether it is the smooth automatic transmission of the car, or it's impeccable safety features, or the spacious boot opening and closing hydraulically, or the intelli-bending lights, or a central console that initially intimidates you with the number of touch controls and button controls there, or the sun roof, or the range of colour choices... you really have no option but to admit that you're finally in love with a machine. But hey! the XC60 isn't a mere machine. It purrs like a woman (though at time it does purr more aggressively and louder), gallops like a horse in a race, turns like a dolphin in a performance, adopts the right gear like there was an Einstein sitting inside... and manages to give a 56 inch chest that some leader recently boasted about! Let me add here that I drove the XC60 in the city, then on the highway, did off-roading, went up and down the hillls near Pachmarhi, drove throughout the day stopping only for very short breaks, and even slept inside the car. It's 212 hp engine did not register a single complaint... in fact, it was going hoarse warning me whenever I went too close to a jutting rock or careless humans trespassing on Indian roads. The air conditioning was simply superb and it was a pleasure to test it's efficacy by stepping out in the scorching heat of Bhopal and then dive back to see how fast the sweat dried... and it always did in a matter of nano-seconds! Driving on the road within city limits is where I loved this car most... it's advanced reversing controls made parking easier than it always was, and the proximity warnings that it gave must have saved us a number of times. It is good that the rough and tough driving fortnight for me was intrinsically connected to the XC60... it wouldn't have been easy had it been any other car, I'm sure.What Can Improve
It is tempting to write that Volvo needs to improve it's pricing by scaling it downwards by a few lacs... but then seriously, I wouldn't like to enter the slushy and mushy fiscal arena. This, however, reminds me of the awry swishes, lost traction, and a confused steering while negotiating slush and slippery ground during the off-roading experience. It was scary at times but it probably needed more expertise than I had, so I wouldn't really go overboard complaining about it all. In fact, one of my friends says that 'the car lacks a limited slip differential or diff locks, so it seems it isnâ€™t practical as a full-time, serious off-roader...' I agree with him. The digital controls and all the memory functions are not easy to remember but once you get a hang of them, they do make life inside the car much more lovable. There is very little that is sloppy or deserving the cane, so to say... though there will still be improvements and the newer models in the future will have things we cannot even imagine. One thing that bugged me was my not being able to get enough height to stand confidently and out of the open sun roof. This leads me on to the ticklish bump that makes life for the third passenger sitting in the rear seat in the centre far from comfortable. In fact, we took turns to sit in that position whenever three of us were inside one car and sitting in the rear seat. So if this vulgar bump can go, it'll be very fine.
Well, this is one car that is, for sure, poetry in motion... and will make people stop and wonder: 'Well, isn't this the car that has been appearing in my dreams all these years?' And there will be quite a few of these romantics who will go ahead and buy this one... no, despite being being a hopeless romantic and a poet, I cannot buy it. I'm not rich enough to afford a car that costs more than 40 lacs! But this doesn't deter me from talking about it... from praising it... and from dreaming about owning it some time in the future!
- Mileage (City)11 kmpl
- Mileage (Highway)15 kmpl
- Maintenance5000 per month
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