Volvo has bagged its first overall World Car of the Year title with the XC60, which will be introduced in South Africa in mid-2018. We recently travelled to the global launch of the new generation Executive SUV in Barcelona, Spain, for a test drive of this eagerly anticipated model.
The XC60, which defeated the Mazda CX-5 and Range Rover Velar to the title, is due to arrive in South Africa around June 2018, following the introduction of the XC40 family car. Pricing has not been released yet for our market. However, we expect it to be pitched competitively against key rivals – the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Jaguar F-Pace, Lexus NX, Mercedes-Benz GLC and Porsche Macan.
"Of the 3 finalists, the new XC60 was my preferred candidate for the overall win," comments Cars.co.za Consumer Experience Manager Hannes Oosthuizen. "It probably is the best example of all that is good about Volvo at the moment – great design inside and out, quality finishes and a strong performance/efficiency balance, without sacrificing the practicality and safety aspects the brand is so famous for."
In our first drive we mostly tried to stay out of trouble while driving on the wrong side of the road, but in between those moments Ciro De Siena takes us through the new offering from the Swedish brand, and what we can expect when the SUV finally arrives on our roads.