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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18 reader reviews for Volvo XC60 Crossover.
  • 2.4 D5 R-Design Lux AWD S/S 5dr

    Jon Parker , Oxford . Date: 24/02/2013
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      35

    My car

    Owned for almost a year now. Bought second hand with very low mileage - nearly new. Overall I am a bit less than satisfied with the ownership experience. On a practical level there are some really annoying design flaws with this car. I recently drove it to France for our ski holiday and have to say the four wheel drive is very poor. OK it is the R Design with lower profile tyros but they simply spin up on any snow. You need snow chains! (never required on our CRV). The front windscreen takes forever to clear any frost and most annoying the rear doors and boot stick shut on anything below -1 degree! You cannot get into the car. Volvo dealer says it's normal - not true the CRV doors always opened. The front windscreen wipers have a huge cavity they rest in behind the bonnet which simply fills up with snow and any other crud. So your wiper blades are stuck when you need them most. Inside (again this may be due to R Design) the seats are to narrow. I am only 36 waiist. Unusual for a Volvo but it is just uncomfortable. Very difficult tom know this on a couple of hours test drive. Handbrake is simply a daft design. Economy is pretty good and motorway cruising is very good at 80 mph. Engine is a litle gruff when pushed. Rear passengers find the cabin too enclosing - kids find it difficult to see out due to high door line. Controls are quite nice but for the price I think I made a mistake. Think carefully and demand a long test drive.

  • 2.4 D5 SE Lux Premium 4WD 5dr

    Kiril Petrov , . Date: 09/08/2012
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      30

    My car

    It's one of the best cars I have driven - the interior is very classy, very practical, the space is enough for a family. Maybe in the back I would welcome some more knee room but no one will feel uncomfortable. The driver's position is excellent, it's extremely comfortable. Yes, the dash buttons are a bit smaller but it's not something annoying, they are even pleasant looking and it´s not a real reason you shouldn´t buy this car. The boot is enormous, you can have perfectly flat floor if you bend down the rear seat backs. There are different accessories for the boot that will make your life easier (you should order them). For 20000 miles - no reliability worries. The engine is powerful enough - you will feel confident every time you need to overtake. It´s the dream car for your family with a lot of safety features, etc.

    But there are some bad points which will stop me from buying this car:

    1.The fuel consumption is not very good, you should load up diesel time and time again. The best I have achieved in a journey in the country (country roads and motorways) is 39mpg but I have applied all the rules I know to save fuel. Normally the mixed driving is around 30mpg and in the city the things are very bad indeed 22mpg.

    2. Whatcar says the refinement is 4 stars but actually the engine is very gruff when you overtake and there is a lot of road noise on coarse surfaces. Just ignoring this fact (the road noise) I think their review about the car is excellent.

  • 2.4 D5 215 SE Lux 4WD auto 5dr

    Nick Riordan , . Date: 04/07/2012
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      31

    My car

    An update to my review since I’ve now had the car two and a half years. The summary is that everything I noted in the first week either still wows me or still annoys me.

    So what’s new? The bad is that the fuel economy is iffy - 28 to 34mpg depending on the type of journey/weight of foot. The rear doors can stick in sub-zero temperatures due to the rubber seal at the top getting frozen to the body (although running an windscreen scraper along the join frees it in seconds). Extras I wish I’d ordered - heated front screen, 4C suspension (mostly because I’m getting old and want a squishy ride) and speed adaptive steering.

    The good side is everything else. Things to note - it’s been 100% reliable and has had nothing but new tyres in terms of maintenance in the 20,000 miles I’ve put on it. It’s even more comfortable and quiet than I realised when I first got it (I don’t get people who say there’s wind noise or gruff engines – it just isn’t true) and the car has worn very well (it barely looks 6 months old). The running costs are also more reasonable than they first appear - the service costs are reasonable and the depreciation class leading. So ignore the fuel economy - especially with £1/litre approaching, it's not that important with my type of mileage.

    I really love this car - I can’t find anything better at less than twice the price. So, since it’s up for replacement soon, I’m ordering a new one with the options I missed last time.

    PS Don't forget to order heate

  • 2.0 D3 SE Lux Premium 2WD Auto 5dr

    Paul Yates , Cambs . Date: 01/06/2012
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      38

    My car

    Bought this car (10 plate) second hand with 25000 miles on the clock. Now just completed my first 1000 miles and have enjoyed every one! Build quality is excellent, equipment level is very high, and the driving position is superb. Other reviews have criticised the fiddly Sat Nav controls situated behind the steering wheel, but I find them easy and intuitive to use with my only criticism that it's difficult to enter an address by postcode rather than by a conventional address. Only other slight niggle is that if you use the fancy keyless entry system that sometimes when you unlock the door that the retractable door mirrors sometimes don't un-retract... which is easy to rectify once your in the car, but annoying... Average mpg so far is ~38 - which for such a large car doesn't seem too bad. Performance is good, with plenty of torquey acceleration if you put your foot down. Overall a very good car and I'm looking forward to spending some quality time behind the wheel...

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