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4 out of 5 stars

For Smooth; spacious; flexible

Against High running costs

Verdict Great upper-class crossover car

Go for… 2.4D DRIVe SE

Avoid… 3.0 T6 SE Lux Premium

Volvo XC60 Crossover
  • 1. The term crossover vehicle can be hard to pin down, but the XC60 fits the bill whatever the definition
  • 2. There's decent space inside for a family of five, and the boot will swallow 655 litres of luggage.
  • 3. Those with an environmental conscience should look for the DRIVe model, designed to produce fewer emissions and do more miles per gallon that most SUV rivals.
  • 4. There's only one petrol engine available, but it's a blinder.
  • 5. Insurance is typical for this class of car, ranging from groups 28 to 36. Servicing costs are also typical for a crossover.
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Volvo XC60 Crossover full review with expert trade views

The term crossover vehicle can be hard to pin down, but the XC60 fits the bill whatever the definition. It's an SUV that moonlights as a midsize MPV, but also thinks it might be a family car.

There's decent space inside for a family of five, and the boot will swallow 655 litres of luggage. It's refined and quiet, with little wind or road noise to disturb, while those in the back have a great view of the road ahead thanks to a slightly raised rear seat. The driving position is comfortable and the dashboard showcases Volvo's stylish design and finish.

It also drives well for a taller vehicle, with a smooth ride, limited body roll and accurate steering. It's not really designed for serious off-roading, but has reasonable ground clearance and is available with two or four-wheel-drive.

Trade view

A great alternative to an MPV or family car, but running costs will be much higher. The idea of a high-performance XC60 might be fun, but the DRIVe versions are a much safer bet in the long run.

Matt Sanger
What Car?'s Used Car Editor

Those with an environmental conscience should look for the DRIVe model, designed to produce fewer emissions and do more miles per gallon that most SUV rivals. These come as two-wheel-drive models only, fitted with a 173bhp 2.4-litre diesel engine. There's also a 2.4-litre diesel that's not so efficient. The D5 diesel has 203bhp and four-wheel drive as standard.

There's only one petrol engine available, but it's a blinder. The turbocharged 3.0-litre comes as a four-wheel drive and with 281bhp – and it's quick enough to give a Golf GTI a scare in a 0-60mph sprint.

At this level you'd expect a decent kit list, and the entry-level S model has alloys, four electric windows, steering wheel-mounted stereo controls, climate and cruise control.

The SE adds powered seats, auto wipers and folding door mirrors and the SE Lux gets leather upholstery, heated front seats and parking sensors. Upgrade to SE Lux Premium for treats like sat-nav.

Trade view

A great alternative to an MPV or family car, but running costs will be much higher. The idea of a high-performance XC60 might be fun, but the DRIVe versions are a much safer bet in the long run.

Matt Sanger
What Car?'s Used Car Editor

If you go for the petrol model they're not cheap. You'll get an official average of only 24.1mpg, but real world driving will lower that. CO2 emissions are also high at 274g/km so you're automatically in the highest band for tax.

In contrast the 2.4D DRIVe with stretch to 47.1mpg and emits just 159g/km, with the standard 2.4 and the D5 at 40.9mpg and 183g/km.

Insurance is typical for this class of car, ranging from groups 28 to 36. Servicing costs are also typical for a crossover, but higher than you'd expect to pay for keeping an MPV or family car in good health.

Depreciation is usually the biggest single cost of car ownership, so choosing the right XC60 is vital. With the cost of fuel constantly rising and the future focus on lower emissions DRIVe models are the safest bet to protect the value of your purchase, although they may prove more expensive to buy in the first place.

Trade view

A great alternative to an MPV or family car, but running costs will be much higher. The idea of a high-performance XC60 might be fun, but the DRIVe versions are a much safer bet in the long run.

Matt Sanger
What Car?'s Used Car Editor

It's a little early in the XC60's life for major faults, but there are not many reports of minor niggles, either.

Frustrations over the iPod integration system appear common, along with Bluetooth phone connection problems.

There have been some early recalls issued. The first concerns an electronic problem that causes the fuel pump to stop working on petrol-powered cars – stalling the engine, while the second identifies a problem that can cause the driver's seatbelt to release in the event of an accident. Dealers can fix both issues.

Trade view

A great alternative to an MPV or family car, but running costs will be much higher. The idea of a high-performance XC60 might be fun, but the DRIVe versions are a much safer bet in the long run.

Matt Sanger
What Car?'s Used Car Editor
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