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Volvo XC60 Review 2021

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  • Launched in 2017
  • SUV
  • Petrol, Diesel, Hybrid, PHEV
  • Launch year
    2017
  • Body type
    SUV
  • Fuel type
    Petrol, Diesel, Hybrid, PHEV

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Stylish, posh and safe SUV

Best bits

  • Posh but not showy
  • Spacious for passengers 
  • Very safe

Not so great

  • Engines can’t offer the power and smoothness of rivals
  • The boot’s smaller than some
  • Safe and competent, but not entertaining to drive

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Overall verdict

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Driving

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How much does it cost to run

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Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict on the Volvo XC60

"The Volvo XC60 proves that an SUV doesn't need to be particularly sporty to be desirable. It's incredibly stylish, is packed with safety kit and is one of the most comfortable cars you can possibly buy."

Volvo XC60 Review 2021 Front Side View

Rivaling some of the best premium SUVs on sale today, the Volvo XC60 holds it own against the BMW X3, Audi Q5, Mercedes GLC and even the Porsche Macan. But is it the car for you? Read our in-depth Volvo XC60 review to find out everything you need to know.


There's an extensive engine line-up with the Volvo XC60, including mild-hybrid petrols and diesels as well as pricey performance 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 Volvo XC60 range is the powerful Polestar Engineered plug-in hybrid T8. This provides startling performance on paper, but it's underwhelming in real life. The suspension is unnaturally harsh for a Volvo, while it's not as fun to drive as you'd want for a £65,000 performance-focused SUV.


Comfort and refinement are the Volvo 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 (that's the XC90 SUV, V90 estate and S90 saloon) and provides one of the best ride qualities of any car in its class. 


The Volvo XC60 is also at the top of its class when it comes to safety. There are sensors everywhere, designed to prevent a crash or, at the very least, make a collision less severe. You needn't think twice about transporting precious cargo in an XC60.


The only slight issue we have with the Volvo XC60 is its shallow boot, which is one of the smallest of any mid-sized SUV. It's also a little expensive, with new models starting from more than £40,000. It's clear to see where the investment has gone, though. And if you value comfort and luxury over razor sharp handling and performance, then the Volvo XC60 will make a fine choice as your next family car.

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  • 2016
  • 50,110 miles
  • Perrys Retford
  • Nottinghamshire, DN226AZ
Price:£19,222
HP: £543.99/mo

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Is the 2021 Volvo XC60 right for you?

The Volvo XC60 is a comfortable and safe SUV that'll easily fit into family life. You'll pay a premium for a used Volvo XC60, but even the most affordable models feel surprisingly special. Our main reservation is that some buyers might prefer something a little more practical – in which case, the bigger Volvo XC90 is a strong alternative.

What’s the best Volvo XC60 model/engine to choose?

Unless you really want to run around town under electric power, we'd recommend one of the mild-hybrid petrol or diesel engines. While diesel might be out of fashion, it actually suits big SUVs like the Volvo XC60 very well, with plenty of grunt for getting a fully-loaded car up to speed. It's likely to be the most efficient in the real world, too.


In terms of trim level, we'd recommend the entry-level Volvo XC60 Momentum. It features everything you need without any of the chintz of pricier models. If you do want something a little more upmarket, consider the Volvo XC60 Inscription for features like 19-inch alloy wheels, Driftwood inlays and a flashy crystal gear lever.

What other cars are similar to the Volvo XC60?

The Volvo XC60 competes with posh mid-size SUVs such as the Mercedes GLC, Audi Q5, BMW X3, Lexus NX and Jaguar F-Pace. You may also wish to consider left-field alternatives such as the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

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Volvo XC60 Review 2021 dashboard and interior

On the inside

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How much does it cost to run

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Prices, versions and specification

Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Do Volvo XC60s hold their value?

The Volvo XC60 is a desirable SUV that's very popular with families so you can expect it to have strong residuals versus a more mainstream alternative.

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Is the Volvo XC60 four-wheel drive?

You can have the Volvo XC60 with two or four-wheel drive – but we'd recommend the latter if you tow a trailer or often drive on slippery roads.

Andy Brady

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Which Volvo XC60 engine is best?

The B4 diesel will be the best Volvo XC60 engine for most people. It has plenty of low-down grunt to make swift progress but doesn't cost a fortune to run. That said, the T8 plug-in hybrid makes a lot of sense if you have a short commute.

Dan Powell

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