Although it loses the all-wheel drive system, the B5 FWD retains the familiar 2.0-litre turbopetrol motor, which produces 183kW and 350Nm. With a claimed 0-100km/h sprint time of 7.0 seconds on the dot, the front-driven model is just 0.1 second slower off the mark than its AWD sibling.
Power goes to the front wheels through the familiar eight-speed automatic transmission, and the vehicle is also fitted with Volvo’s mild hybrid system, which includes a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) capable of recuperating braking energy to charge a 48-volt battery.
In terms of luxury, the B5 FWD loses the familiar leather interior in favour of new fabric seat upholstery, but it’s still quite generously equipped. Standard features include dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, front and rear park assist, heated front seats (with power adjustment for the driver’s seat) and inductive smartphone charging. Also part of the deal is an Android-powered infotainment system with built-in Google apps and services and the ability to update over the air.
“The arrival of the new XC60 B5 FWD puts this efficient yet powerful mild-hybrid powertrain within reach of more South Africans, giving them the opportunity to experience Volvo’s signature luxury and safety,” said Volvo Car South Africa MD Greg Maruszewski. The Volvo XC60 B5 FWD is sold with a five-year/100 000km warranty and maintenance plan.