New Volvo XC40 vs used Volvo XC60: which is best?

We love our What Car? Car of the Year, the Volvo XC40, but does a used version of its bigger brother, the XC60, make more sense?

Words By Mark Pearson

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New Volvo XC40 vs used Volvo XC60 – interior & equipment

This is Volvo’s area of expertise with the Swedish firm time and time again churning out cars with both beautiful and calming interiors. The XC40 is no exception, with an interior that looks and feels luxurious, expensive, informal and very pleasant. There’s visual flair in there, too, with its stylised dashboard and air vents, its large central infotainment system with its standard 9.0in touchscreen taking pride of place. It’s a clean and uncluttered design, and there’s plenty of standard equipment to enhance it. Our chosen R-Design trim adds sporty seats, power-folding door mirrors and ambient lighting, which all adds to its classy feel.

The XC60 is likewise opulent in feel and suitably eye-catching. Climb aboard and its Scandinavian style will win over many wavering over other similar SUVs, as will the clear and logical dash and its layout all, like the XC40, centred on the huge tablet-style touchscreen infotainment system. This looks wonderful, but turns out to be a little fiddly in use. Our chosen Momentum trim may be the entry-level spec but it is well equipped, with climate control, automatic lights and wipers and heated leather seats.

New Volvo XC40 vs used Volvo XC60 – space & practicality

The XC40 has plenty of space up front with, in R-Design trim, leather and nubuck-upholstered electrically adjustable seats of decent comfort and support. In fact its wheelbase is only 72mm shorter than the XC60’s, so those in the back won’t have much to complain about either. An adjustable floor and hands-free tailgate make the XC40’s boot easy to access, and it’s a reasonable size in terms of outright capacity.

The XC60 also has no problems with accommodation. There’s plenty of room and adjustability in the driving position, and rear seat passengers are well catered for, with good leg and head room and excellent visibility. There is a little more boot space in the XC60 than the XC40, and again access is mostly unimpeded, with a low lip and a flat load area, as well as an electric tailgate.

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