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Volvo XC60 (2017–)

Last updated 14 July 2017

Comfortable and classy SUV that can be packed with autonomous safety kit. T8 petrol plug-in hybrid will cover 0-62mph in 5.3 seconds.
Most of the autonomous kit costs extra. Not as sharp to drive as its rivals. Has one of the smallest boots in its class.
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Introduction

The Volvo XC60 provides a refreshing and luxurious alternative to the current crop of driver and performance-focused SUVs, like the Jaguar F-Pace and Porsche Macan. Admittedly, the second-generation XC60 is not the most dynamic of things to drive, but for what it lacks in handling it more than makes up for in comfort and refinement.

Like its predecessor, the Volvo XC60 is aimed at family car buyers, with a spacious interior, low fuel costs and lots of safety kit as standard. Volvo has pledged that, by 2020, no one will be killed or seriously injured by one of their new cars and the XC60 is a clear sign of these words in action.

All XC60 models gets automatic city braking with pedestrian (and animal) recognition. This means it scans the road ahead and will automatically apply the brakes or help the driver steer around an obstacle in an emergency situation.

The engine line-up features two diesels, one petrol and a plug-in petrol hybrid. Most XC60 buyers will opt for the excellent 190PS D4 diesel. And with good reason, it’s refined, powerful and efficient. Officially it will return 55.4mpg and 133g/km of CO2.

Those worried about the impact that diesels have on the environment can opt for the 254PS T5 petrol, with 39.2mpg and 164g/km of CO2. The 407PS T8 plug-in hybrid is the most powerful option in the XC60 range, but it will be a niche choice for private buyers owing to its high list price. For company car drivers, however, it’ll make more financial sense with its low BIK rate, 49g/km of CO2 and claimed 134.5mpg.

Comfort and refinement are the XC60's strong suit. Its excellent ride quality backed-up by a luxurious and refined interior that is more than a match for anything from the competition. The suspension set-up is carried over from Volvo's 90 range and provides one of the best ride qualities of any car in its class. Even the diesels, under hard acceleration, struggle past a muted rumble, which means the XC60 is well-suited for long drives.

The only slight issue we have with the XC60 is its shallow boot, which is one of the smallest of any mid-sized SUV. The price for the entry-level models is also higher than the outgoing XC60, but it's clear to see where the investment has gone. If you value comfort and luxury over razor sharp handling and performance, then the XC60 will make a fine choice as your next family car.

 

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