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Volvo XC60 D5 AWD Geartronic as a towcar 5 days 23 hours ago #465451

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Im considering changing my existing towcar to a Volvo XC60 D5 AWD Geartronic and would be grateful for advice from forum members in terms of advanatges / disadvantages of this as a towcar. I have been caravanning for 20 plus years and have alway gone for manual gearboxes in the past. My caravan is an Elddis Chatsworth weighting in at a maximum of 1500kg. I know the weight ratios are accepatble just want view on towing with an automatic over a manual. Many Thanks.
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Volvo XC60 D5 AWD Geartronic as a towcar 5 days 23 hours ago #465453

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I have found towing with an Auto , much nicer, having used Two Vectras and two Sante Fe's, more relaxed, also if yoo need to revert back to "manual " gearbox you can.
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Volvo XC60 D5 AWD Geartronic as a towcar 5 days 22 hours ago #465454

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I can't comment about your specific preferred choice of vehicle, but as one of my jobs I have towed with a variety of both manual and auto gear boxes, from Sierra's to Range Rovers, it was a question of what vehicle was available for the job at the time, but my preference is auto, as its one less thing to be involved with allowing greater concentration on what's going on with other road users.

Fluid fly wheel autos are fantastic for manoeuvring, though I've personally never actually had a problem with a DSG but some people have reported problems.
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Volvo XC60 D5 AWD Geartronic as a towcar 5 days 22 hours ago #465455

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A couple of cars back, we had the XC70 D5 Auto and it honestly towed like a dream. Havent driven the XC60 but I have no reason to think it wont be an assured tug.
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Volvo XC60 D5 AWD Geartronic as a towcar 5 days 15 hours ago #465459

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We have an XC60, automatic but not AWD. I bought it specifically because we were intending to buy a caravan and it had won towcar awards in the past (although I now can’t remember which ones). The auto box is a dream, far more intelligent that that in my Merc C Class, I never feel that it is over revving or changing ratios too soon, even when towing. The only slight bugbear is that the auto start/stop can be a smidge laggy, but you learn to anticipate and let the brake up a couple of milliseconds early just to bring the engine back to life before pulling away.
I would say go for it, we are replacing ours later this year and are seriously considering getting another (If I can’t persuade the wife to splash out on the XC90).
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Volvo XC60 D5 AWD Geartronic as a towcar 5 days 14 hours ago #465461

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For me, it is an extremely easy decision to make.

I have towed with both and at various power outputs on the vehicles.

Auto wins hands-down.
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Volvo XC60 D5 AWD Geartronic as a towcar 5 days 14 hours ago #465462

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I had a 2010 XC70 AWD Geartronic. The auto gearbox is torque converter so you can manoeuvre all you want without any concern over damaging clutches as some twin clutch gearboxes have been prone to do. (Powershift and DSG some variants).

Geartronic is an excellent box well matched to the engine. Don’t know what year car you are looking at as mine and some latter years had several recalls as during DPF regeneration the system would inject too much fuel some of which led to an increase in sump oil level hence diluting the oil. Volvos fix (fudge) was to advise running the car with a reduced oil level and tovset the software to read full at that level. Hence any additional increase in sump level wouldn’t cause an alarm even though it was fuel. The engine doesn’t have a normal dipstick it’s all electronic measuring. There’s a technicians dipstick down near the front of the engine but it’s unusable if the engine is warm. That’s XC 70.
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Volvo XC60 D5 AWD Geartronic as a towcar 5 days 13 hours ago #465465

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I agree with previous regarding auto as a good choice. However, some years ago, we had a XC90 as a courtesy car and had to do a 'u' turn an put the front left wheel on a grassy verge where it stayed - wheel spinning.The sort of action we could do on site. Not a good 4 wheel drive.
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Volvo XC60 D5 AWD Geartronic as a towcar 5 days 11 hours ago #465466

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Clifford_374377114 wrote:
I agree with previous regarding auto as a good choice. However, some years ago, we had a XC90 as a courtesy car and had to do a 'u' turn an put the front left wheel on a grassy verge where it stayed - wheel spinning.The sort of action we could do on site. Not a good 4 wheel drive.
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The XC 60 has the same Haldex 4wd as the Freelander and my Superb less a few bells and whistles. I’ve been stuck on wet grass and muddy with 4Wd which had AT tyres. I suspect the problem with the XC 90 was either it had road oriented tyres or you didn’t give it sufficient wellie to allow the 4wd traction control to start locking the spinning wheel such that drive then went to the other wheels. 4WD isn’t an automatic cure all it will still require driver knowledge of what to do.
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Volvo XC60 D5 AWD Geartronic as a towcar 5 days 10 hours ago #465470

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I think Clive make a very valid point. Don't believe that you need a 4x4 to tow. You don't unless you are constantly using soft sites when sometimes even 4x4s don't have all the answers. It is of course down to personal choice, but I do suggest you look at what else might fit the bill, not forgetting that 4x4's invariable cost more to buy and run compared to other equally road capable tow vehicles.

If you look at the continent, where caravans are just as popular, relatively few owners have or use 4x4's to tow.
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