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Volvo XC60 T6 (2009)
Volvo's new all-wheel-drive family wagon, the XC60, offers buyers the choice of two 2.4-litre turbo diesel models, the D5 and the better equipped D5 LE, alongside the luxury T6 petrol version.
Prices start at $57,950 to undercut rivals such as BMW X3 and newcomer Audi Q5.
Its a Volvo, so you expect safety to be a priority and the T6 remains true to the marques reputation. It scores well in crash tests and offers good standard safety features including, on all models, the advanced City Safety system that auto brakes to avoid low-speed rear-end collisions.
The T6's turbo petrol engine mated to the standard six-speed auto is a strong performer and goes about its work in a smooth and impressively refined way. Its downside is a penchant for premium unleaded, which is where the diesel models hold the aces, with an official combined consumption of 8.3 litres/100km. Good as they are, the turbo diesel can't quite match the T6 for performance or refinement though.
For a vehicle weighing in at over 1900kg, the T6 offers good handling and a firm but comfy ride. The electro-hydraulic power steering is accurate and consistent but a little too light and begs for greater road feel.
Interior space and layout are good, while functionality is enhanced thanks to a flat-folding, three-way-split rear seat with integrated two-stage child booster cushions.
Standard and optional safety features, pricing, refinement, space, performance
Spacesaver spare, higher fuel consumption than diesel version
Climate control, leather trim, 18-inch alloys, active bi-xenon headlamps, rear park sensors, hill descent control, six-stacker CD, eight-way power drivers seat, laminated side windows with water repellent glass
Volvo City Safety system, ABS, EBD, EBA, dual front, front side and curtain airbags, front seatbelt pre-tensioners
|Price when new
|Current price range
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|ANCAP crash rating
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||3.0-litre turbo petrol DOHC, transverse inline 6-cyl
||210kW @ 5600rpm
||400Nm @1500-4800 rpm
|Acceleration to 100 km/h
|Braking from 80 km/h
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