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Volvo XC60: new vs old compared

The new Volvo XC60 is a relaxing, rather than sporty, take on a prestige SUV. But how does it compare to its hugely popular predecessor?

Words BySteve Huntingford

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Volvo XC60 new vs old – space and practicality

Like its predecessor (but unlike the rival Land Rover Discovery Sport), the XC60 isn't available with seven seats and instead concentrates on providing generous space for up to five people.

Presumably prioritising rear passengers over luggage was a deliberate decision on Volvo’s part, because the boot offers only 505-litres of space; about 50 litres down on the class norm. It is still 10 litres more than the old XC60 offered, though, and enough for a few large suitcases.

The fact the XC60’s load bay is a uniform shape with no major wheelarch intrusions helps, and all trims come with a through-load hatch in the middle rear seat for carrying skis or other long, narrow items.

Volvo XC60 new vs old – costs

The new XC60 costs from £37,205, whereas the old car kicked off at £32,935. That's quite a price hike, but then you are getting a classier, more frugal and better-equipped car.

The new entry price is also in line with the £38,035 you'll pay for the cheapest Q5 and the £36,425 that the Mercedes-Benz GLC will set you back, although the F-Pace is available from £34,730 and the Discovery Sport from £32,865.

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