Volvo Car South Africa has announced the introduction of a brand-new derivative to its XC60 line-up. Slotting in at the bottom of the range, the front-wheel-driven B5-badged variant is billed as a more attainable version of the firm’s popular midsize SUV. 


Like all XC60 in the Swedish automaker’s local portfolio, the B5 employs a mild-hybrid powertrain, complete with a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS). Capable of recuperating braking energy, the latter set-up is used to charge a 48 V battery. An integrated starter generator uses this recovered energy to support the  2.0-litre engine and further reduce tailpipe emissions. Volvo claims this allows the turbocharged unit to return a fuel consumption figure of 6.9 L/100 km. 

The four-cylinder petrol motor is coupled to the Gothenburg-based brand’s Geartronic transmission. As mentioned, in this derivative, the eight-speed automatic ‘box sends power and torque – 183 kW and 350 Nm, respectively – exclusively to the front axle. 


The full complement of torque is available from 1 800 r/min to 4 800 r/min, allowing for “brisk” performance. According to Volvo, the B5 FWD reaches the three-figure marker from a standstill in “a mere” 7.0 seconds, one-tenth of a second slower than its all-wheel-drive sibling. 

“The arrival of the XC60 B5 FWD puts this mild-hybrid powertrain within reach of more South Africans”

As standard, the B5 FWD rides on a set of 18-inch alloy wheels. Additional items include keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, an electrically adjustable driver’s pew, heater front seats, and a wireless smartphone charging bay. Leather upholstery is available as an option. Further standard fitment includes fore and aft park assist, which is complemented by a reverse-view camera.

“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. Market-leading technology such as the new Android-powered infotainment system, meanwhile, offers unparalleled connectivity,” said Greg Maruszewski, managing director at Volvo Car South Africa. 

The B5 FWD is priced at R750 094. Included in the asking price is Volvo’s five-year or 100 000 km warranty and a maintenance plan of similar duration and distance.