Volvo XC60 Review 2022

Volvo XC60 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.

Insurance Groups are between 28–43
On average it achieves 72% 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.

Real MPG average for a Volvo XC60


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


Real MPG

20–69 mpg

MPGs submitted


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Should I sell my diesel car?
"Should I consider selling my diesel Volvo XC60 soon as diesel is getting to be a dirty word?"
It depends... how many miles do you do a year and do you really need a diesel? If you rarely drive into city centres and regularly cover long motorway journeys or need the torque of a diesel to tow a trailer or caravan, for example, don't be too hasty. If you mainly use your diesel XC60 for short journeys or less than 12,000 miles a year, it might be a good idea to swap it for a petrol, hybrid or electric alternative.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Why has the alloy wheel on my car buckled?
"What would cause a 21-inch alloy rim on a Volvo XC60 T5 to start to buckle? Dealer advised this at last MoT and it has never had an accident or hit pothole. Only front offside and four years old at 21,000 miles. Have you ever had reports of other alloy rims buckling ? "
This type of damage is typical with a pothole, drain or kerb strike. Sometimes a slow puncture or internal tyre problem will cause a vibration that may bend the alloy. It may be possible to repair the wheel, but in most cases it'll need to be replaced.
Answered by Dan Powell
Is the Lexus NX a good choice?
"I've been happy with our Ford C-MAX, which is easy to access and reliable. With maybe £30,000 plus the trade-in on the C-max, which car would you recommend? I do about 8000 miles a year, the bulk of it in short journeys. The Lexus NX looks tempting but is there a better option for an oldie like me as it is probably going to be my last car?"
The Lexus NX lacks the showroom appeal of some glitzier rivals but it's a really good choice. It'll suit your journeys and be very reliable – Lexus came top in our latest Satisfaction Index. Take a look at the Volvo XC60, too – like the NX, it's a bit of a left-field choice, but it's very comfortable and has a superb interior.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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.
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