The Volvo XC60 might be an SUV, but it's also a great family car, thank to its spacious and practical interior
Although four-wheel-drive versions are available, it’s better to think of the XC60 as a higher-riding, more rugged-looking version of the solid estates that Volvo is famous for, rather than a go-anywhere 4x4.
As you’d expect, underneath the rugged good looks, the XC60 is available with a wealth of safety kit, while the driving experience and equipment offered are geared very much towards family buyers.
That said, some models offer a more dynamic look and a chassis that allows the XC60 to better compete with sporty versions of similarly priced rivals, such as the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Range Rover Evoque.
Haggle hard and choose your model carefully and the XC60 is also one of the most affordable cars in its class to own. However, there's no doubt it now faces stiff competition in this ever-expanding class, so does it do enough to stand out from the crowd?
Read on over the next few pages to get our in depth impressions, along with our recommendations for the best trim level and engine to choose.