Volvo XC60 review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
Diesels are more frugal on longer journeys, but greener T6 and T8 plug-in models offer big company car tax savings
Existing XC60 owners will benefit from big improvements in the way the new model drives, but steeper prices mean you certainly pay a premium for it. The cost of the entry-level model has risen by nearly £4,000, while the range-topping Polestar-Engineered T8 Twin Engine models are over £63,000.
It’s still cheaper and better equipped than many rivals, while improved residual values should soften the blow for private buyers swapping out of an PCP deal on the old XC60 and into a similar arrangement on the new car.
The B4 diesel with front-wheel-drive produces 150g/km of CO2, while opting for the all-wheel-drive version means emissions rise to 167g/km. Fuel economy figures are 49.5mpg and 44.1mpg, respectively. Volvo claims the more powerful AWD B5 diesel delivers the same economy as the B4 variant.
Fuel consumption in the petrol-powered variants suffers quite considerably - the front-wheel-drive B5 is only able to return a claimed maximum of 38.1mpg and CO2 levels are also higher at 168g/km. You'll definitely need more trips to the fuel station if you opt for the 296bhp B6 petrol model, as it'll only achieve 33.2mpg on the combined cycle.
The XC60 also gets the T6 and T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid versions, featuring a 2.0-litre petrol engine and electric motors. Company drivers will find this especially appealing, with CO2 levels between 55g/km and 73g/km. The list price is steep, but if your company will pay that, it should save you a small fortune in tax.
Insurance premiums for the XC60 will not be cheap. The entry-level D4 diesel model with 187bhp sits in group 33, while the 232bhp B5 oil-burner in top Inscription Pro trim, occupies group 40. The T8 Polestar Engineered plug-in hybrid delivers a total output of 399bhp and as such receives a higher insurance rating of group 44.
The XC60 performs reasonably in terms of holding on to its value. On average it retains around 44% of its list price over 3 years and 36,000 miles. The plug-in hybrid models tend to fare a little better than the rest of the range at between 48% to 52%, while the 296bhp B6 petrol is not only thirsty for fuel and expensive to insure, it's also the worst at maintaining value with just a 39% return against its new price after 3 years.
In this review
- 1Volvo XC60 reviewThe Volvo XC60 offers style, luxury, lots of advanced tech and is one of the best premium SUVs
- 2Engines, performance and drivePerformance is good, but the XC60 is more about relaxed progress than sporty handling – it’s what Volvo calls ‘inspired confidence’
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingDiesels are more frugal on longer journeys, but greener T6 and T8 plug-in models offer big company car tax savings
- 4Interior, design and technologyAnother stunning Volvo interior that’s well-made, looks great and is dominated by a fantastic 9-inch touchscreen
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spacePlenty of space for all the family – the XC60 will be an easy and comfortable car to live with
- 6Reliability and SafetyVolvo is planning to have road-reading safety tech fitted to all models from 2020 onwards