Volvo XC60 Recharge hybrid - Reliability & safety
The Volvo XC60 Recharge is one of the safest SUVs on sale, but owner satisfaction is mixed
The independent safety experts at Euro NCAP tested the non-hybrid Volvo XC60 in 2017, where it earned a maximum five-star rating.
The XC60 has been a strong finisher in our annual Driver Power surveys, finishing in 30th place out of 75 cars in 2020, however, it slipped to 69th in 2022’s results. Volvo also performed well in our brand survey.
Volvo XC60 Recharge hybrid reliability
Volvo had a good year in our 2022 Driver Power poll, coming eighth out of 29 manufacturers, significantly ahead of rivals BMW (16th), Audi (22nd) and Mercedes (23rd). The company rated well for practicality, boot space and the interior design and finish of its models, while it also received good ratings for its safety features and exterior styling.
The XC60 itself slipped to 69th out of the 75 models in our rankings, with poor ratings for reliability and build quality, infotainment, and running costs. Hopefully, the latest cars with Android-based infotainment will help pick these scores back up again, whilst the Recharge model should also perform better for running costs.
When tested by Euro NCAP, the XC60 was proven to be a safe SUV, scoring 98% for adult occupant protection and 87% for child occupants. In the pedestrian and safety assist categories, it performed similarly well, with scores of 76% and 95% respectively.
All models come with lane-keeping assistance, so will automatically steer you back into your lane if you move over without indicating. Also standard are traffic-sign recognition, a speed limiter and a fatigue detection and warning system.
If you’re after a semi-autonomous experience, consider the Intellisafe Pro pack, which costs £1,500. The adaptive cruise control this pack brings will match your speed to the speed of the car in front, while the Pilot Assist system will help steer the car for you.