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Volvo XC60 SUV - Reliability & safety

Reliability is a strong point, so the future looks good for the Volvo XC60

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4.2 out of 5

Owners Rating

2.8 out of 5

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Reliability & safety Rating

4.5 out of 5

The Volvo XC60 took class honours when tested by Euro NCAP, thanks to Volvo’s safety know-how and innovative technology.

The Volvo badge is similarly reassuring when it comes to reliability and a good track record for customer satisfaction has seen the brand’s reputation improve in recent years.

Volvo XC60 reliability

The latest XC60 came 69th out of the top 75 models in our 2022 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey. Owners were impressed with its safety features and smooth engines, but infotainment took a hammering – the relatively recent switch to Google software should improve things here. Reliability was also a concern, with 36% of owners telling us they’d encountered an issue. But Volvo finished eighth overall out of 29 manufacturers in our brand survey, putting it ahead of rivals including Lexus (12th), Audi (22nd) and Mercedes (23rd).

Safety

Volvo continues to lead the pack as far as safety is concerned. The XC60's five-star Euro NCAP crash-test result was almost guaranteed, but its class-leading 98% score for adult occupant protection still impresses.

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Rudimentary features like airbags are just the beginning of a long list of safety kit, which includes autonomous emergency braking and a new system called ‘Steer Assist’, designed to avoid obstacles. ‘Oncoming Lane Mitigation’ will attempt to mitigate head-on collisions and avoid accidents during motorway lane changes. The Driver Assist pack with ‘Pilot Assist’ is included from the Plus trim upwards. This brings semi-autonomous capabilities and can effectively drive the XC60 in its lane on the motorway at speeds of up to 80mph. It's a useful feature in heavy traffic and on longer journeys, as it can help reduce fatigue, but we haven't found it adept enough to take over driving duties at higher speeds.

For the 2021 facelift, there was also the addition of a new rear auto braking system, designed to help avoid dings where the driver inadvertently reverses into a hidden bollard or parked car.

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Andy is Carbuyer's managing editor, with more than a decade of experience helping consumers find their perfect car. He has an MA in automotive journalism and has tested hundreds of vehicles.

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