- Fantastic interior
- Efficient diesel engines
- Infotainment tricky to use
- Rivals are more fun to drive
- Petrol engine is inefficient
Volvo’s compact SUV is up there with the best
Since Volvo’s first foray into the compact SUV market in 2009, the XC60 has gone on to be one of Volvo’s best-selling cars. In what is now a heavily saturated market, the XC60 is one of the most complete cars on offer. Combining attractive aesthetics, a luxurious interior, and an impeccable safety record, the XC60 really is an impressive package. For families looking for a touch of luxury, there are very few that come close to the XC60.
A facelift in 2014 featured minor cosmetic changes to both the exterior, and the interior, and more efficient engines.
Exceptional build quality, good space, limited infotainment
The luxury compact SUV market is jam-packed full of quality options, especially when it comes to interior quality. The XC60 features a high-class, high-quality finish, good standard equipment, and good levels of space, putting it up there as one of the best in its class.
The cabin of the XC60 is typical of the Swedish design that we’ve all come to know and love. The dashboard is well thought out, using soft-touch plastics and attractive detailing which ranges from brushed metals to wood veneers. Combine these quality materials with that textbook, Swedish ergonomic design and you've got yourself a truly exceptional interior. It’s easily as good as a BMW X1 or an Audi Q3, and almost matches that of the much, much more expensive Porsche Macan.
Space-wise, the XC60 is good, without being exceptional. With 495 litres of boot capacity with the back seats up, there’s more than enough room for day-to-day family needs, as well as having enough space for a couple of medium-sized suitcases. There’s not quite as much room as in a BMW X1, but the space that on offer is both highly useable and easily accessible.
Equipment levels in the XC60 are pretty impressive. The entry-level SE trim comes with automatic lights and wipers, climate control, and cruise control. There’s also plenty of infotainment kit, with a DAB radio, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity all as standard. It’s a little fiddly to use, especially compared to the excellent iDrive system found in the BMW X3, but it’s certainly serviceable. If you want leather seats, it’s an optional extra on the SE trim, though more expensive trims feature this as standard.
The interior of the XC60 is almost the complete package. There’s quality on show throughout the cabin, and there’s enough space to cope with all but the biggest of bulks, although the infotainment system offered in the Volvo is a bit difficult to get used to. There is plenty of standard kit, however, which will please most drivers.
Not as fun to drive as rivals, but refined nonetheless
Compared to rivals such as the Audi Q3, the Volvo XC60 isn’t the most thrilling car to drive. This is unlikely to be too much of an issue for most families, however, and that’s not to say it’s a bad car on the road. Steering is reasonably sharp, though may not be incisive enough for some, and it generally feels comfortable in nearly any situation, with plenty of grip, and very little in the way of understeer. Four-wheel drive versions offer even more stability, without maybe really adding any entertainment.
Suspension and Chassis
The level of road refinement that the XC60 offers is enough to challenge even the most accomplished of its rivals. The chassis and suspension systems easily cope with all but the worst of British roads, ironing out rough surfaces and potholes with aplomb. R-design models feature a stiffer suspension, which reduces ride quality, without adding too much in the way of driving experience.
Gearbox options in the XC60 come in two guises, a 6-speed manual, and a 6-speed Geartronic automatic. The automatic transmission shifts smoothly through the gears, though it does reduce fuel efficiency somewhat. The manual transmission is found only on diesel-powered cars, and is decent, though it could be a little sharper.
Impressive range of efficient engines
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your XC60, you’ve got the usual two options: petrol, or diesel. It may disappoint some that Volvo’s excellent plug-in hybrid technology doesn’t feature in the XC60, but engines throughout the range are punchy and efficient.
For most family buyers, power isn’t going to be at the top of the requirements list. There is, however, a petrol-powered engine in the range that has enough oomph to please the petrolheads among us. The famous 2.5-litre turbocharged T5 found in Volvo’s performance range, provides 242bhp and 350Nm of torque. This will get you from 0-62mph in just 7.2 seconds. It’s not going to break any land-speed records, but it offers good performance for a compact SUV, though it is a little bit on the thirsty side.
For eco-friendly buyers, the greenest engine in the range is the diesel-powered D4 (190). With 117g/km of C02 emissions, it’s certainly not market-leading, but it’s pretty impressive for a car in this class. This engine also happens to be the best for the money-savers out there. It’s the cheapest to buy, as well having the best fuel efficiency. With up to 68.2mpg on offer, you’ll be able to save yourself a fair bit of money at the petrol pumps.
Whichever engine you choose to go for in your XC60, it’s going to be at the very forefront of engine technology. The best in the range happens to be the cheapest, the most fuel-efficient, and the greenest, as well as offering pretty impressive performance. The D4 diesel really is worth serious consideration for all buyers.
Full marks in NCAP safety tests, exceptionally safe
Like most cars in its class, the Volvo XC60 easily achieved the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating. With scores of 94% in adult protection, 79% in child protection, and 48% in pedestrian safety, the XC60 is up there with the best in its class. There’s also six airbags, as well as stability and anti-whiplash front headrests. Most impressive of all is Volvo’s City Safety System, which features low-speed automatic braking when it spots an impending collision. Volvo is a brand that prides itself on its safety record, and the XC60 certainly lives up to expectations.
Low running costs, so long as you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
The Volvo XC60 is a surprisingly cheap car to run, so long as you’re sensible when choosing which engine you want it to be powered by. The D4 diesel is undoubtedly the best value in the range, offering impressive fuel efficiency, and low C02 emissions. The petrol-powered T5 is, however, quite the opposite. C02 emissions are much higher, which means road tax will be more expensive, and you’re going to get less from each tank of petrol. If you want good value for money, stick to the diesels.
Insurance-wise, the XC60 is a little cheaper than some of its rivals. The cheapest model in the range is, again, the fantastic D4, which sits neatly into group 28, no matter which level of trim you choose to go for. The most expensive to insure is the T5 petrol, at group 34, but it’s still a lot cheaper than the most expensive BMW X3 (group 43).
Depreciation is a large factor with the XC60, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Volvo XC60 is one of the most well-rounded luxury compact SUVs currently on sale in the UK today. There’s an impressive interior, Volvo’s exceptional safety record, and impressive diesel engines on offer, all of which are sure to please family buyers.
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*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.