In addition to its smooth ride, the XC60 generally feels very assured on the road, but you won’t find much in the way of driving fun, because it has rather limp handling in comparison to the Audi Q5 or BMW X3.
However, the XC60 is impressively refined and beats all of its rivals on the safety front. As you would expect, given Volvo’s exemplary reputation in this domain, the XC60 scored the maximum five stars in Euro NCAP’s tests, outperforming those German contemporaries for adult, child and pedestrian protection.
Where modern Volvos really stand out, though, is inside. And it’s not just the striking design that impresses; when it comes to sheer build quality, the company can now count itself among the best in the business.
The XC60 is big, too, with plenty of head and leg room front and rear, plus an impressively practical boot.
You’re going to need at least £25,000 to get into this generation of XC60. For that, it will be a 2017 car with above-average mileage but a full service history. You can take your pick of most engines and trims if you spend between £30,000 and £35,000, but the rarer plug-in hybrid is expensive, at around £45,000.
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The Pro upgrade, available on every trim, adds a heated steering wheel, a heated windscreen, larger wheels and air suspension. It will raise the price by about £1000.
Try to find a car with smartphone integration so you can use Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, because Volvo’s touchscreen infotainment software is a bit fiddly.
There have been two recalls for the XC60 so far. The first was because its powered tailgate could freeze in cold weather, the second due to an issue with its vehicle connectivity module.
The XC60 did well in the latest What Car? Reliability Survey, ranking fourth of 23 large SUVs.
Volvo XC60 D4 Momentum Geartronic: This keeps things cheap, but you’ll still benefit from the XC60’s beautiful interior and fine on-road manners. The diesel four-pot in the D4 is a good all-rounder.