Used Volvo XC60 long-term test review

Does buying a nearly new example of the old Volvo XC60 make more sense than spending more on the new model, and how does its 10-year-old design stand up now? We've got six months to find out...

Used Volvo XC60 long-term test review
  • The car 2017 Volvo XC60 D4 SE Nav
  • Run by Mark Pearson, used cars deputy editor
  • Why it’s here To find out if a recently replaced one-year-old used SUV, with a design that's now a few years old, can make a sound alternative to the new model
  • Needs to Cope with a variety of uses, including daily commuting, motorway journeys, school runs and family life, as well as proving itself against its younger, fresher rivals

Price when new £32,865 Value on arrival £24,500 Value now £24,500 Miles on arrival 8620 Mileage now 13,295 Official economy 62.8mpg Test economy 38.6mpg Emissions 117g/km CO2 0-62mph 8.1sec Top speed 130mph Power 187bhp Insurance group 28E

21 June 2018 – quibbles

When does a poor workman give up blaming his tools and just admit that he’s an idiot?

The Volvo XC60 and I are getting on very well so far, but there are two things that are really annoying me. The first is that, every time I climb aboard this premium SUV, I forget that it needs the key placed into a slot below the starter button before it’ll start, and that key is always in my trouser pocket, so it involves an awkward wriggle to get the key out.


Used Volvo XC60 long-term test review

For a second quibble: I can never remember whether to pull up or push down the handbrake button to release it – I still can’t, even as I type this – and this is not helped by the fact that it’s oddly placed low down to the right of the steering wheel, out of sight. You can, of course, just drive off with it on and it’ll turn off automatically, but the fact that I still forget these two things every time I get in could be, I fear, pointing the finger of blame at me, not the car.

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