The Volvo XC60 is a mid-size family car in SUV form.
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 as a go-anywhere 4x4.
At its launch in 2008, the XC60 was highly praised for its flowing lines and striking details, as it clearly marked a major breakthrough and new direction in Volvo car design; at the same time it pushed the firm straight into the heart of the premium SUV market.
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 an even 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 can its unique design and approach do enough to make it 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 levels and engines to choose.