Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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17 reader reviews for Volvo XC60 Crossover.
  • 2.4 D5 SE Premium 4WD 5dr

    Stuart Metcalfe Date: 14/03/2011
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      30

    My car

    I have recently come back from a 1500 mile round trip for a skiing holiday in France. Whilst the weather was not bad the car handled whatever was thrown at it superbly and provided excellent space for all 4 passengers.

    I have previously carried out the same journey in a SAAB which was in itself very comfortable but not as relaxed as the Volvo (I do prefer the seats in the SAAB however).

    Despite being loaded up with all the equipment and 4 people the car still had plenty of power to accelerate when required and I managed 500 miles between fill ups when sitting at the French limit of 80mph (130km/h)so around 34/35mpg which is not bad.

    My only real problems with the Volvo are trim working loose on the doors, indicators that cancel left when indicating right and it keeps blowing bulbs.

    The SAT NAV also does take some strange routes and guided me back through Paris - there should be an option on the TMC re-routing to say to ignore a problem. This would stop it trying to route you on a 20 mile detour around roadworks at 2.00am just because they are roadworks.

    On the whole 8 out of 10 - would I buy another one? possibly but not with an auto box

  • 2.4 D5 SE Lux Premium 4WD 5dr

    Greg Quinn , Kent . Date: 21/12/2010
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      33

    My car

    Just completed 80,000 miles in my 2 year old XC60. Its worked hard for a living, driving up to 400 miles a day, everyday, all over the UK. It has been 100% reliable, not even a puncture to blemish the record. Has made for a fantastic motorway cruiser and family car, but a bit too bouncy and 'rolly' on the B roads. Has enough shove for smart overtakes, but anything at/near the national limit can require a bit of bravery or planning depending on your mood. Not too bad to run cost-wise, largely due to great reliability. I averaged 33MPG, with up to 41 possible when cruising in low '70s. Cheap for the weight/size as it is a fantastic family removal van!

    Interior faultless for quality. Amazing hi-fi, seats etc... and intuitive controls, but that Sat Nav is sooooo poor. Works accurately, but the graphics are so dated it can actually be unreadable on the move. Loved the remote tailgate, plus leather soft and 'fat'.... nice!

    Finally a word on the dealers - I only experienced one, Lipscomb in Kent. One word - perfect!

  • 2.4 D5 SE Lux 4WD 5dr

    John Gilbert , Lincolnshire . Date: 20/12/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I test drove an auto, fully loaded with all the bells and whistles. Comfortable and stable in the bends but on a very gentle run I only managed to get 33mpg. That is as indicated on the computer, but they can be 10% inaccurate so I suspect it did nearer 30. The glove box is tiny and a ridiculous shape and the door pockets are pathetic. Why did Volv0 put the electric parking brake on the right hand side of the steering wheel? It is out of sight and almost out of reach unless you sit very close to the wheel. It is only a switch so why not put it on the centre console? The car had some sort of running board fitted. They weren't big enough to stand on to facilitate entry to or exit from the vehicle and it was impossible to stride over them without wiping your trousers across them, just what you want in winter conditions. Nice try Volvo but I feel that this vehicle is largely a triumph of style over function and after having V70s for some 15years I shall give this one a miss.

  • 2.4D SE Lux 4WD 5dr

    Tony Pedley , BERKSHIRE . Date: 15/12/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      31.7

    My car

    I changed from a Volvo V50 to this particular car with use of an XC90 for six months in between. I have to say it is thoroughly impressive. Like the review above I didn't experience reverberation through the pedals and if anything when pushing the engine hard marvel at the sound that exudes from the car. The geartronic auto is smooth and refined with the ride being supple on open roads and steady on twists and turns. The cabin layout is intuitive and while some of the buttons are small (the same as V50) you do quickly get used to them. It’s the small things about the car that make you realise the thought that has gone into the design. When the boot is opened the rear lights illuminate to offer greater visibility day and night for potential traffic around you. The automatic rear demist clears when the temperature drops below a set temperature or the humidity sensor senses higher humidity than set parameters. All round, this has to be the best car I have owned and this is my fifth new Volvo in recent years. The variable speed control is impressively reassuring when on motorways while the blind spot information system is an excellent assistant for safer lane changes. I have yet to test the city safety but the demonstration I experienced at the dealership only adds to the security you feel when driving a Volvo. The new What Car magazine (Jan 09) sums up the XC60, It beat hands down the Freelander, Q5 and Subaru Forester. It is the best compact 4x4 available, in my opinion.

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