Volvo XC60 Towcar Review by Coleman & Carwright

"Totally blown away by the Volvo XC60"

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“Last year we were part of the judging panel for the Caravan and Motorhome Club Towcar Of The Year Awards. During the testing we were totally blown away by the Volvo XC60 and were delighted that our marks went towards the vote that named this Volvo “The Towcar Of The Year”. Now we get the chance to get our hands on one and give a real lift test.”

“During the testing we used the XC60 in strict test conditions while towing a Bailey caravan full of weights to represent the kind of load you may have on board when going away on holiday.”

“One thing that we wanted to do is give the Volvo a real world test and see how it handles as both tow car and day to vehicle, because let’s face it, you’re more than likely to use this towcar a lot more without having a caravan attached.”

“The model we tested was the XC60 D5 PowerPlus AWB R-Design Pro Auto, and without getting too gushy, we absolutely loved it and found it hard to find fault.”

“During the week we had it myself and Dan Cartwright took turns putting the Volvo through its paces, we did almost 1300 miles, and we did our best to try and find something we did not like. So let’s start off by highlighting some of the few points I, William, was not overly keen on.”

“It is no secret that I am a borderline technophobe and the Volvo has an extreme amount of bells and whistles that can be a tad overwhelming at times. Once I spent a little bit of time getting to know the system it does become clear and actually quite straight forward.”

“There are a lot of options to play around with and you do need to spend some time getting your head round them. The iPad style display is easy to navigate through but I found that it is best tackled once you have had a good read of the instructions.”

Volvo XC60
Volvo XC60
Volvo XC60

“This model came with 4 additional packs on board which come with the following extras:”

Xenium Pack- £1,800

Power Glass Tilt and Slide Panoramic Sunroof with Sun Curtain

Parking Camera with 360 Surround View

Park Assist Pilot- Automatic Parallel and 90 degree Parking

Intellisafe Pro Pack- £1,500

Pilot Assist (up to 80mph)

Adaptive Cruise Control

Blind Spot Information System

Cross Traffic Alert

Rear Collision Mitigation

Family Pack- £450

2- Stage Integrated Child Seat for Outer Rear Seats

Load Protection Net

Power Child Locks

Convenience Pack- £375

Power Folding Rear Seat Backrests and Headrests

230v / 150w 3 Pin Plug Socket in Centre Console

Front Tunnel Net Pocket

So as you can see there are a lot of optional extras to suit most driving needs, if you want to spend the extra money that is. Being spoilt with all these extras I would find it hard to have this Volvo without quite a few of them. If I’m being honest I could probably do without the Family or Convenience packs but I can see why it would work for a lot of people.

The on board radio is absolutely outstanding and if you like to have music playing or your favourite podcasts the ApplePlay is top notch. The sound quality is fantastic.

The display screen is basically a large touchscreen tablet like an iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab. With a few touches you are presented with a screen full of options and a whole wave of features. At times it can be a little bit of a distraction.

The built in sat nav is very clear and a welcome addition for me as I do not have a built in system. Although there are better ones on the market, if you do not mind attaching one to the window of your vehicle.

Day To Day Driving By William Coleman

“The XC60 is such a pleasure to drive that you intentionally find a longer route home just so you can spend a little longer behind the wheel.”

The XC60 As A Tow Car By Dan Cartwright

Towing with the XC is effortless. For a car that has a user manual so big it’s integrated with instructional videos in to the car itself, for a car that can literally drive itself to specifications you set, for a car that dynamically augments reality to give you a top down view when reversing all you have to do is press a button to reveal your towbar, put on your towing mirrors, hitch up your caravan and drive away. If you do this the XC60 will drive very much as it did before you hitched it up.

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