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.
As you’d expect, the XC60 is available with a wealth of safety kit, while the styling, driving experience and equipment offered are geared very much towards family buyers.
That said, R-Design 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.
The XC60 is one of the best SUVs around. While it’s not the best to drive – even in sportier R-Design trim – it more than makes up for that with its fabulously classy, versatile interior, excellent refinement and strong range of engines.
Haggle hard and choose your model carefully and the XC60 is also one of the most affordable cars in its class to own. Read on over the next few pages to get our in depth impressions, along with our recommendations for trim levels and engines.