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Volvo XC60 Recharge hybrid - Reliability & safety

The Volvo XC60 Recharge is one of the safest SUVs on sale and owner satisfaction is excellent

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, most recently finishing in 30th place out of 75 cars in 2020. Volvo also performed well in our brand survey.

Volvo XC60 Recharge hybrid reliability

Volvo had a good year in our 2020 Driver Power poll, coming tenth out of 30 manufacturers. The company rated well for how safe they felt their cars were, while it also received good ratings for its engines and gearboxes.

Owners also liked the comfort offered by their cars’ seats and rated their infotainment systems highly. Points were lost for fuel consumption and high insurance costs. In the interest of clarity we should highlight that 20.5% of Volvo owners reported encountering a problem with their car, which is disappointing. The XC60 performed slightly worse than this average though, with 22.4% of owners reporting a fault in the first year or ownership.

Safety

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.

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