Volvo XC60 review
Offering style, luxury and lots of advanced tech, there's plenty to like about the Volvo XC60 premium family SUV
With a classy interior, excellent build quality and comfortable ride, the Volvo XC60 remains a great alternative to rivals from premium manufacturers such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes. Safety is first-class, too, as is overall space and practicality, although the XC60's infotainment setup has its flaws – the fiddly climate controls among them.
If you're after more power than most, then the plug-in hybrid models are particularly punchy, and offer the best fuel economy and company car tax rates in the XC60 range. The second generation XC60 may have lost a little of its wow factor since its launch in 2017, but it's still worthy of consideration if you're after a premium mid-size SUV that offers excellent levels of comfort.
About the Volvo XC60
The original Volvo XC60 launched in 2008 and managed to become the Swedish firm’s best-selling car during its life. The second-generation XC60 went on sale in 2017, and sits on a scaled down version of the platform that also underpins the brand’s flagship seven-seater SUV, the XC90, also benefiting from the same suspension and engine range. The XC60 also benefited from some updates during a mid-life facelift to help keep it fresh and competitive among the mid-size premium SUV segment.
Among its laundry list of rivals is our Mid-size Premium SUV of the Year for 2023 – the Lexus NX – along with the BMW X3, Audi Q5, Jaguar F-Pace, Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Mazda CX-60, Range Rover Velar and Land Rover Discovery Sport.
Car group tests
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Used car tests
Volvo has said it will stop producing diesel engines by 2024, but has already removed oil-burners from the XC60 lineup, meaning buyers have a choice of a mild-hybrid petrol and two plug-in hybrid powertrains. All three versions use a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, with the plug-in hybrids – badged as the XC60 Recharge – also utilising an electric motor and 18.8kWh battery.
The entry-level B5 mild-hybrid petrol produces 247bhp, the mid-range Recharge T6 has 345bhp on tap and the Recharge T8 pumps out 449bhp, along with 709Nm of torque. All three versions of the XC60 come with all-wheel drive as standard. As well as more-than-adequate straight-line performance for a family SUV, the plug-in hybrid XC60s offer superior fuel efficiency and big company car tax savings for business users – but more on all that later on.
Volvo has three core equipment levels for the XC60 – the entry-level Core followed by Plus and range-topping Ultimate. These replace the Momentum, R-Design and Inscription trims, which were offered until early 2022. The XC60 B5 is available in all three trim levels, with prices currently starting from just over £47,000, while the Recharge T6 can only be had in Plus trim and the Recharge T8 is available exclusively in Ultimate-spec. That, along with the more complex powertrains, explains the T6 and T8’s starting prices of around £60,000 and £68,000, respectively.
Every XC60 features alloy wheels (18 to 20-inches), a powered tailgate, two-zone climate control, wireless charging pad, numerous safety systems, front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera, 12-inch digital driver’s display and nine-inch touchscreen with Google apps built-in, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity to boot. The XC60 Recharge models are also available in a ‘Bright’ exterior theme with chrome trim or ‘Dark’ that gives the car a more aggressive front end look and gloss black trim. The XC60 PHEVs are also offered with wool-blend upholstery as an alternative to the more traditional leather.
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In this review
- 1Verdict - currently readingOffering style, luxury and lots of advanced tech, there's plenty to like about the Volvo XC60 premium family SUV
- 2Engines, performance and drivePerformance is good, but the XC60 is more about relaxed progress than sporty handling
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsVolvo has ditched diesels in the XC60, but greener T6 and T8 plug-in models offer big company car tax savings anyway
- 4Interior, design and technologyIt doesn’t have the same wow factor as it once did, but the XC60 still looks handsome and features a well built cabin and Google tech
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spacePlenty of space for all the family – the XC60 is an easy and comfortable car to live with
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe XC60 features great safety kit, while Volvo continues to perform strongly in our Driver Power customer satisfaction survey