The Volvo XC60 blends traditional Volvo strong points, such as safety and practicality, with an SUV body shape. It was one of the first SUVs to be offered with two-wheel drive – for lower running costs and a cheaper list price. The market for small premium SUVs has grown substantially in the past few years and rivals for the XC60 include the BMW X3, Audi Q5, and Mercedes GLA, as well as the Land Rover Freelander, which is the most capable off-roader in the class.
If you are used to driving a Volvo estate then there's lots to make you feel at home in the XC60. In fact it feels like a normal Volvo on stilts. The XC60 features Volvo's trademark ‘floating’ dashboard design and intuitive ventilation controls. It might lack the sparkle of rivals from Audi and BMW, but if you want to break away from the German manufacturers then this is the perfect way to do it and the Volvo loses little in terms of quality.
It's a relaxing car to drive, too – if not particularly fun. The Volvo excels as a motorway cruiser thanks to its hushed interior and seats that are some of the most comfortable you’ll find in any car. Buyers can choose from one petrol engine and a pair of diesels. The D4 diesel is a new addition to the range and the engine to go for. It's more powerful than the competition yet also extremely economical on fuel. The XC60 can be specified with two or four-wheel drive, but unless you regularly drive on slippery roads the former makes the most sense. Even if you do specify four-wheel drive, the Volvo can’t compete with the off-road ability of a Land Rover Freelander.
The Volvo XC60 was one of the first models to offers automatic emergency braking as standard and it remains one of the safest cars on sale. There are plenty of other safety features to choose from including automatic dipping headlights, automatic park, and a blind spot warning system.
All Volvo XC60s get equipment such as climate control, a DAB digital radio, and a Bluetooth phone connection. Trim levels include SE, SE Lux, R-Design and R-Design Lux.