Volvo XC60 (2017) Review

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Volvo XC60 (2017) At A Glance

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 £31,180
Contract hire deals from £329.28 per month
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)

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

195

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What is the best mid-size SUV for £25k?
"Now that my family has grown up and are moving out we’d like to replace our reliable Chrysler Voyager load lugger. The requirements are tricky:- supremely comfortable, classy interior, economical to run, high driving position, good dog carrying access, good driveway presence. We currently drive about 16k miles per year. We’d like to buy second-hand for £25kish and this will complement our BMW MSport weekend Cabrio. I think the ride if the BMW X3 is rather harsh and my wife thinks the Audi Q5 interior is rather austere. And is currently anti Volvo. Do you have any suggestions?"
It'd be a shame to dismiss Volvo - the latest XC60 really is excellent and it sounds like it'd meet your needs well. We'd also recommend the Mercedes-Benz GLC or, if you fancy something a little left-field, a Lexus NX. The Lexus is a hybrid which might actually suit your needs quite well.
Answered by Andrew Brady
How do I keep white leather seats clean?
"About to buy a Volvo XC60 with blonde leather faced seats on the basic Momentum spec. Can you recommend how to give some protection for these seats from teenage children, jeans etc? I don't want seat covers. Cheers."
If you don't want seat covers, the key is regular maintenance. That means cleaning the seats once a week or so with a damp towel and then using a leather cleaner less often. Really depends on how much time you have and how dirty they get, but you could stretch to once a month. There are car specific cleaners and protectors which I'll link to below, or you can use something like Leatherique which we hear good things about. Once a year you'll want to apply some kind of leather oil or the like just to keep the seats soft and glossy. You can have a look at what you think will work for you. Essentially, it's just about keeping on top of it and not letting the leather dry out and crack, or get discoloured. Meguiar's 3-in-1 leather cleaner: https://amzn.to/3gerH48 Autoglym leather cleaner: https://amzn.to/33fsyhr Leatherique oil: https://amzn.to/39G585L
Answered by Georgia Petrie
Could you recommend a comfortable car for my next lease?
"I have a BMW X5 40e. The lease is coming up for renewal and the new version is much more expensive. I'd like to know what you think of the nearest equivalent cars which may cost less. The main reason I've gone for the X5 is the comfortable seats as I have a back problem. Thank you very much."
Do you need a car as big as the X5? A Volvo XC60 could be a good choice. It's still a premium car, with very comfortable seats and a plug-in hybrid option. If you're happy with something less premium, consider a Citroen C5 Aircross. It's probably the most comfortable mainstream SUV. There's a PHEV option, too.
Answered by Andrew Brady
How long will petrol last when it's sat in a car?
"Could you advise on the shelf life of petrol? I refuelled my Volvo XC60 with Shell 99 RON one month ago and I've not used the car to go more than a few miles since."
The petrol in your Volvo XC60 should be fine for up six months. If you think the car will be parked for longer it might be an idea to add a fuel stabiliser (this will prevent the chemicals within the fuel from breaking down). If the car has been parked up for less than six months, I'd recommend adding a few litres of premium fuel (Shell V-Power or BP ultimate) before you attempt a long journey. Premium fuel contains stabilisers and detergents that are designed to cope with this type of situation.
Answered by Dan Powell

What does a Volvo XC60 (2017) cost?

Buy new from £31,180 (list price from £39,480)
Contract hire from £329.28 per month