Volvo XC60 - Used

Car Review

Volvo XC60, front
Volvo XC60, front
Volvo XC60, front
Volvo XC60, rear
Volvo XC60, rear
Volvo XC60, interior
Volvo XC60, boot

VOLVO'S XC60 crossover takes the fight to other junior executives like the Audi Q5 and BMW X3.

I've driven a couple of different models and they are easy driving, sleeker than the average, and capable of all the family things that we tend to need such cars for.

There is a bewildering range of models, which sometimes means non-Volvo dealers do not value them as they should, so beware.

There is also a wide range of engines and only some models come with all wheel drive, so if you want that facility for towing or to keep going in the winter, make sure you get it.

Most engines are diesels, either 2.0 or 2.4-litre, with power ranging from 163 to 215bhp.

There are two petrol models, the T6 3.0-litre with 281 or 304bhp and the T5 2.0-litre with 240bhp, both of these come with an automatic gearbox as standard.

The diesels get a six-speed manual as standard but the automatic was always available as an option and many have been fitted with it.

Comfort is good in most apart from some bump-thump from the large wheels and tyres, while handling is also up to the competition, albeit with some lean in the corners.

More sporting R-Design models have firmer suspension to reduce the amount of roll but this does affect the quality of the ride quite badly.

The optional four-wheel-drive works well and uses a system that takes power to the front wheels in the main, adding the rears only when slipping is detected.

There is plenty of ground clearance for off-road work, but few owners are likely to give them serious mud-plugging to do. That's not the market they are aimed at.

The interior is good looking and well-made, with an airy feel and plenty of practicality for a family of five.

Both front and rear seats are high, so the view out is excellent all round. Most drivers will also be comfortable behind the wheel because the seats are very supportive and offer plenty of adjustment.

Storage is good all round the cabin and there's plenty of space for three adults in the back.

The boot is a large and square with a floor that is level with the boot lip, making loading and unloading very easy, while there's an underfloor storage compartment for hiding valuables.

Top models have leather and electric seat adjustment, dual heating controls, voice commands, cruise with auto distance control and stop start.

But, as with some other cars, the stop start does not work if you put on the parking brake and take your foot off the footbrake - as the experts now say we should always do when in traffic.

The sat nav system is rather dated and quite difficult to use in earlier models, but you do get used to it.

Pay about £15,400 for a '12 12-reg SE Lux auto, or £21,500 for a '15 15-reg R-Design AWD.

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