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Volvo XC60 Review

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heycar review

      Launch year
      2017
      Body type
      SUV
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel, Hybrid, PHEV
heycar editorial team

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heycar editorial team

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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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Volvo XC60 Front Side View

Overall verdict

Volvo XC60 Driver's Seat

On the inside

Volvo XC60 Front Side View

Driving

Volvo XC60 Rear View

How much does it cost to run

Volvo XC60 Right Side View

Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict

"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."

Volvo XC60 Front Side View

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. 


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.


Is the Volvo XC60 right for you?

The Volvo XC60 is the car for you if you want a practical SUV that’s posh but not as chintzy as some German alternatives.

What’s the best i10 model/engine to choose?

The Volvo XC60’s best trim/engine combination is the D4 diesel version in R-Design trim. Specified like the XC60 looks great and it’s D4 diesel has plenty of power, but doesn’t cost a fortune to buy or run. 


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 even the DS 7 Crossback

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Volvo XC60 Driver's Seat

On the inside

Volvo XC60 Front Side View

Driving

Volvo XC60 Rear View

How much does it cost to run

Volvo XC60 Right Side View

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.

Keith Moody

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Keith Moody

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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Andy Brady

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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Dan Powell