Volvo XC60 (2017) Review

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Volvo XC60 (2017) At A Glance

4/5

+Very comfortable and refined on the move. High quality well designed interior. Strong performance from all engines. Great seats for long distances.

-Not quite as sharp to drive as its rivals. Has one of the smallest boots in its class. Polestar Engineered version is expensive.

New prices start from £30,500, brokers can source from £32,625
Insurance Groups are between 28–40
On average it achieves 73% of the official MPG figure

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. 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.

There's an extensive engine line-up, including mild-hybrid petrols and diesels as well as pricey plug-in hybrid models. While the latter offer impressive performance, the XC60 is better in a mid-level trim with small wheels and an economy-focused engine.

Topping the XC60 range is the powerful Polestar Engineered plug-in hybrid T8. This offers the performance to match a Macan, with firm suspension and beefy brakes. It's expensive, though, starting around £65,000 - and it's not as fun to drive as you might expect.

Comfort and refinement are the XC60's strong suit. Its excellent ride quality (with small wheels) is 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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Real MPG average for a Volvo XC60 (2017)

RealMPG

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

73%

Real MPG

20–81 mpg

MPGs submitted

209

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Which SUVs can be started remotely?
"Which SUV manufactures in the UK provide a remotely started engine?"
Most modern automatic Volvos (including the XC40, XC60 and XC90) can be started remotely with Volvo's On Call app. Also, look at Jaguar or Land Rover models with the Connect Pro Pack.
Answered by Andrew Brady
I'd like something that's fun to drive, good looking and reliable. Any suggestions?
"My 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport will be 3 years old in July, with about 20k miles on the clock. I usually change my car every 3 years when they go out of warranty. Generally, I've been happy with it apart from a couple of minor issues, but I've been very disappointed with the dealer service. My budget is up to £40K and I would prefer a high-riding, comfortable car with good rear load space for my band gear. I would like something with a decent warranty that's fun to drive, good looking and reliable. Any suggestions?"
How about a Volvo XC60? It's a really comfortable alternative to the Discovery Sport. Consider a pre-registered model to make your money go further. A BMW X3 is another strong option, especially as you're after something that's fun to drive. If you're looking at mainstream brands, too, we'd recommend a Volkswagen Tiguan or Skoda Kodiaq. Both are very practical.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Can you recommend some all-weather tyres?
"I have 2018 Volvo XC60, which was fitted with Michelin Latitude Sport 3, 235/55 R19. They will soon be coming up for replacement. What do you recommend? In the past, on a V70 and my previous XC60, I had Pirelli P Zeros - which were excellent (nothing wrong with the Michelins). Or do I try an all-weather tyre? In a normal year, I do around 9000 miles. Thank you for your help."
Both the tyres you mention are great options, and I personally think (when it comes to the expense of new tyres) it's better to stick with a tyre you know you like than to change and get something you potentially don't like. The Michelin Latitude are specifically aimed at SUV/4x4 use, while the Pirelli are Ultra High Performance - so you can decide which one would suit your needs better based on your driving. The same goes for whether you need all-season tyres. All-season tyres can be expensive, so if you live on a hill or down a steep driveway, regularly see snow and/or ice where you live, find summer tyres don't give you the grip you want in winter months etc - then I'd advise all-season tyres. Or you may find mud + snow tyres are a good enough choice. I'd recommend Michel CrossClimate+, Continental AllSeasonContact or Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-2 if you do want to venture into all-season tyre territory. Here are the links to said tyres: Michelin CrossClimate+: https://www.blackcircles.com/tyres/brands/michelin/crossclimate-plus?awinaffid=106674&awc=1244_1605886318_36194acd90ab5bb48c668edca9004dd0 Continental AllSeasonContact: https://www.blackcircles.com/tyres/brands/continental/all-season-contact?awinaffid=106674&awc=1244_1605886328_3fddbc30acd8fba0a59c1bb26381f089 Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-2: https://www.blackcircles.com/tyres/brands/goodyear/vector-4seasons-gen-2?awinaffid=106674&awc=1244_1605886334_456c61733d1a2e5137f4d888b1559e37
Answered by Georgia Petrie
What midsize, petrol SUV should I buy?
"I'm in quandary and require your help! I have a 2009 Lexus GS450h - which I love - but I want an update because the boot is ridiculously small. I feel the need for an SUV as I have had 4x4 in the past and liked the feeling of elevation with loads of space. I don’t really want the largest of the SUVs, but I'm hesitant to buy the smaller options as I was put off either by complaints on reliability (or gearbox in the Lexus) or lack of customer care (Jaguar). My thoughts turn to Audi Q5 or Mercedes GLA - say one to two years old. I don’t want diesel as my journeys are normally up to 50 miles. I want room for my golf clubs and clutter, and there are normally only two adults in the car. I would very much welcome your thoughts and recommendations as always."
First of all, we'd cross the Mercedes-Benz GLA off your shortlist. A new model arrived this year but its predecessor is quite small and, even when it was new, wasn't that great. The Audi Q5 is a better option, or a smaller Q3. We'd recommend looking at the Volvo XC60 – it's a really good mid-size SUV with a superb interior. There's a T8 plug-in hybrid model, too, which sounds like it could suit your needs well (provided you're able to charge a car at home). It's worth considering the Lexus NX, too – its CVT gearbox doesn't appeal to everyone, but it's a very dependable choice.
Answered by Andrew Brady

What does a Volvo XC60 (2017) cost?

Buy new from £32,625 (list price from £40,460)