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...

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Mark Pearson
19 Jul 2018 12:18 | Last updated: 17 Sep 2018 15:53

  • 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 14,695 Official economy 62.8mpg Test economy 39.6mpg Emissions 117g/km CO2 0-62mph 8.1sec Top speed 130mph Power 187bhp Insurance group 28E


19 July 2018 – compare and contrast

Part of the purpose in running a used long-termer such as our one-year-old, first-generation XC60 is to see whether it compares favourably with any newer versions. As such, I’ve been out and about in the latest second-generation model to see what it's like – and a fine thing it is, too.

How does it compare with our car? It’s much better, if I’m honest, in nearly every area. It looks nicer, is plusher and more stylish inside, has a vastly improved – although by no means perfect – infotainment set-up, has lighter and more direct steering, feels quicker, is much more refined, handles better, is better equipped and probably more economical.

Used Volvo XC60 long-term test review

It feels like a completely different car. But, of course, such superiority costs. Our car is worth around £22,500, bought from a dealer, while a current XC60 Momentum D4 will set you back £37,770, albeit for a four-wheel-drive model, whereas ours is front-wheel drive only.

So what does that prove? Is it worth the extra? Well, if you can afford it, yes, I’m rather afraid it is.

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