What's the used Volvo XC60 4x4 like?
The Swedish certainly understand a thing or two about design. Ikea is one obvious example – and Volvo is another.
Its XC60 large SUV is proof of the manufacturer's ability to blend style, luxury and ease of use into a particularly alluring package.
The dashboard takes its name from the slim centre console, which is attached to the rest of the car at the top and bottom, but is otherwise free standing, giving a modern, airy feel to the interior. However, the sat-nav system is rather dated by post-2017 standards.
In the back, there’s plenty of space for three adults and the seats are slightly raised to give their occupants a good view out. The boot offers great practicality, with a large square storage area and a floor that sits flat with the boot lip, making loading and unloading heavy items much easier. You’ll easily fit three large suitcases (or two big dogs) in there, and an underfloor storage compartment lets you hide your valuables away.
Most versions of the XC60 have a comfortable ride. The optional four-wheel-drive system improves traction when needed, before reverting to predominantly front-wheel drive, which helps save fuel.
The XC60 also grips well in corners, but the comparatively soft suspension allows a lot of body lean and the steering feels somewhat numb. The sportier R-Design trim has firmer suspension to reduce body lean, but that's at the expense of some comfort.
Think of the XC60 as more of a lifestyle SUV than an all-out off-roader – in other words, don’t expect it to climb many mountains. Good ground clearance means it’ll easily cope with the odd over-the-kerb expedition, though.
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