Volvo XC60 DRIVe Inverness

If you accelerate hard at low speeds, light torque steer means you can tell the SUV is front-wheel drive. But standard ESP and traction control stop the tyres from spinning. The driving experience is similar to that of the standard XC60. If you press on, the nose will still push wide, but the fine ride of regular models is carried over. The interior is well finished, too, and offers plenty of equipment, plus ample space for five.

Arnold Clark Inverness
01463 230885
Harbour Road
Inverness
 
Strathmore
01738 622156
Arran Road, North Muirton
Perth
 
Cleland of the Borders
01896 757575
Melrose Road
Galashiels
 
Murray Seafield
0800 4089030
25 Seafield Road East
Edinburgh
 
Arnold Clark Stirling
01786 446926
Kerse Road
Stirling
 
Arnold Clark Kirkcaldy
01592 651888
Carberry Road
Mitchelston Industrial Estate
 
Barnetts of Dundee
01382 643295
Riverside Drive
Dundee
 
Taggarts Glasgow
0141 332 8888
262 Maryhill Road
Glasgow
 
Murray Sighthill
0800 4089035
22 Bankhead Drive, Sighthill Industrial Estate
Edinburgh
 
Arnold Clark Aberdeen
01224 249777
Wellington Road, East Tullos
Aberdeen
 

Volvo XC60 DRIVe

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It's a tough job, but Volvo’s new XC60 DRIVe is aiming to prove that even SUVs can help save the planet.

The eco-focused model promises exceptional official economy of 47.1mpg – simply by using a front-drive chassis mated to a new diesel engine.

And the big surprise is that, on the road, what stands out is the performance, rather than the compromises demanded by the pursuit of low emissions.

Producing 175bhp, the DRIVe’s 2.4-litre five-cylinder turbodiesel is a class act. It’s smooth and revs freely, with little vibration, and gives the car a 9.8-second 0-62mph time.

If you accelerate hard at low speeds, light torque steer means you can tell the SUV is front-wheel drive. But standard ESP and traction control stop the tyres from spinning. The driving experience is similar to that of the standard XC60. If you press on, the nose will still push wide, but the fine ride of regular models is carried over. The interior is well finished, too, and offers plenty of equipment, plus ample space for five.

While off-road ability is limited, Volvo says the raft of electronics, coupled with the raised body height, will ensure few cars encounter significant traction issues. It’s effortless at speed, and a particulate filter cuts dirty exhaust emissions. Engine friction has also been reduced, and a higher-pressure fuel injection system fitted.

The six-speed gearbox’s ratios have been altered, to help cut noise and improve economy. Otherwise, changes are reserved for the engine – so this model is hard to tell apart from the regular SUV. The sole visual difference is a DRIVe badge on the bootlid. Low-rolling-resistance tyres aren’t fitted as standard, although 18-inch rims are optional.

A Geartronic auto version won’t be offered, though – this would push emissions above 160g/km, which Volvo doesn’t allow on its DRIVe models.

Volvo XC60 DRIVe