The Volvo XC60 offers a pleasing mixture of off-road and estate car styling, which looks less aggressive than rivals like the Land Rover Freelander and BMW X3. The interior looks great, too, and offers a high driving position, comfortable seats and great visibility, plus lots of space for passengers and luggage. The Volvo XC60 drives more like a car than a 4x4, and while there are high-powered diesel engines, the frugal DRIVe version, which has front-wheel drive, returns an impressive 47.1mpg. All cars get City Safety, which is designed to help avoid collisions with pedestrians and other traffic at low speeds.
- Good-looking, classy shape
- Frugal diesel models
- Very safe
- Five-cylinder diesels aren’t very efficient
- Sluggish automatic gearbox
- Not much fun to drive
The XC60 drives more like an estate car than a full-sized off-roader – but that's no bad thing. It's very easy to drive around town thanks to its relatively compact dimensions and raised seating postion. The interior is spacious and the boot generously sized. It's also a comfortable cruiser. For those looking for the last word in handling performance, a word of warning, the XC60 isn't as much fun to drive as the Audi Q5 or Land Rover Freelander.