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Volvo XC60 SUV - Reliability & safety

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

Carbuyer Rating

4.2 out of 5

Owners Rating

2.8 out of 5

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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 30th out of the top 75 cars in our 2020 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, with a strong result for build quality and reliability. Overall, 20.5% of owners reported a fault within the first year. As a brand, Volvo finished 10th overall out of 30 manufacturers in our brand survery, with strong scores for build quality and practicality.

Safety

Volvo continues to lead the pack as far as safety is concerned, even setting itself the goal that nobody should die or come to serious harm in a Volvo by the year 2020. 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.

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. If you choose the £1,500 Driver Assist pack, ‘Pilot Assist’ is included. This brings semi-autonomous capabilities and can effectively drive the XC60 in its lane on the motorway at speeds of up to 80mph.

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