Volvo XC60

The Essentials

  • Price from £29,995
  • What Car? says: 4 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 49.6mpg
  • What is it? A spacious, comfortable and classy family SUV

Great

  • Spacious boot can swallow anything up to your mountain bike
  • Interior feels high class and comfortable
  • Safety features are second to none

Gripes

  • Diesel engines could be quieter
  • Not cheap to buy, unless you negotiate a discount
  • Some dash buttons are small and fiddly to use
  • Drive

    Plenty of power and comfort, but diesel engines are a touch noisy

  • Inside

    Classy to look at and to use, with an emphasis on comfort and practicality

  • Safety

    Awe-inspiring: City Safety feature warns you of an impending crash, then brakes if you don't

  • Reliability

    Top-notch build quality and materials should make for stress-free ownership

  • Space

    Lots of space in the cabin, with an exceptionally large boot as well

  • Standard and extras

    All XC60s are well equipped, with more-expensive models offering everything you could want or need

  • What's it like to drive?

    The XC60 is very accomplished on the road, with a smooth, comfortable ride and neat handling, which doesn't see the car lean too much around corners. The big Volvo is fairly quiet, too, although the diesel engines make themselves heard when they're working hard. Choose the four-wheel drive version and the car will tow a horsebox across a muddy field, but we don't expect to see most XC60s farther off-road than the supermarket car park. For that reason, versions with two-wheel drive make more sense.

  • What's it like inside?

    This is a real selling point for the XC60. The cabin is spacious, while the materials and overall finish feel very classy. Finding the right button on the snazzy floating centre console takes a while at first, but we think it's worth it for the sleek design and handy storage behind.
    The seats are supportive and comfortable, and you can add built-in children's booster seats for the rear - a bonus if you have young children or want the flexibility to drive other people's without swapping child seats.
    The rear seats fold flat to form a load bay with room to accommodate most of the Mothercare range. With the seats up there's still plenty of room for all your everyday paraphernalia.
    Even the base 'S' model comes laden with gadgets to make your life easier, including cruise control, climate control and wheel-mounted stereo controls.

  • How reliable is it?

    Top-notch build quality and materials are reassuring, but the XC60 was awarded only an average score for mechanical reliability in the most recent JD Power ownership satisfaction survey.
    There's nothing missing from the safety kit: six airbags and whiplash-minimising front headrests are standard and the City Safety feature warns you of an impending crash, then brakes if you don't take evasive action. The XC60 was awarded 94% for adult safety and 79% for child safety when crash-tested by Euro NCAP. The Audi Q5, by contrast, received 92% and 84% respectively.

  • Should I buy one?

    The XC60 isn't the cheapest SUV to buy or run, particularly if you opt for a petrol engine. That's why we'd go for the two-wheel-drive D3 diesel model, which should return close to 50mpg. Choose this model and you won't lose much when you sell, either.