Volvo XC60 review - Reliability and safety
The XC60 features great safety kit, while Volvo continues to perform strongly in our Driver Power customer satisfaction survey
Volvo’s focus on safety means the XC60 is fitted with lots of potentially life-saving equipment as standard. All versions feature autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane keep assist, dual-stage airbags and traffic sign recognition, while there’s also a system called oncoming lane mitigation, which steers away from oncoming traffic to avoid a head-on collision.
Blind spot monitoring comes as standard with the range-topping Ultimate trim, which also features rear cross traffic alert and steering assist tech that boosts steering input to help avoid an obstacle in an emergency.
The XC60 put in a very impressive performance during its Euro NCAP crash tests in 2017 and received the industry body’s full five-star overall rating. It was also awarded a 98 per cent score for the adult occupant protection and a 95 per cent in the safety assistance technology.
Unfortunately, the XC60 didn’t make it onto our list of the best cars to own this year, although the smaller XC40 managed to crack the 75-car list and finished 61st. Meanwhile, Volvo as a brand came 13th (out of 32) in our best car manufacturer rankings, which is also based on owners’ feedback from our most recent Driver Power customer satisfaction survey.
All new Volvos are covered by a three-year/60,000-mile warranty, which is the same amount of coverage you get with any new Audi, but doesn’t match the unlimited-mileage cover of BMW and Mercedes’ three-year factory guarantees.
Servicing your Volvo XC60 should be fairly straightforward. The XC60 needs a service once a year or every 10,000 miles, and fixed-price plans are available.
In this review
- 1Volvo XC60 reviewOffering 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 Safety - currently readingThe XC60 features great safety kit, while Volvo continues to perform strongly in our Driver Power customer satisfaction survey