What Car? says...
The Volvo XC60 large SUV is one of a number of cars that have changed the public’s perception of the Swedish brand in recent years.
Not all that long ago, Volvo was viewed as the fuddy-duddy, reasonably affordable, estate-focused alternative to the premium German triumvirate of Audi, BMW and Mercedes. Well, these days, with its revamped range, it's not simply knocking on the door of that exclusive club – it's partying hard inside.
Not particularly. Petrol versions of the Volvo XC60 finished in the middle of the table for large SUVs in the 2022 What Car? Reliability Survey with a lackluster 94.3% score. Diesel versions did much worse, with an 91.5% rating, placing them 12th of 18 car models – ahead of the Audi Q5 diesel and the Land Rover Discovery Sport but behind the Audi Q5 petrol and BMW X3 petrol. Read more here
The Volvo XC60 is not available as an electric car but mild hybrid (MHEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) versions are offered. The MHEVs have a petrol or diesel engine, plus a small electric motor. They cannot run on electric power but the motor should help with performance and efficiency. The PHEVs have a much larger motor and a battery pack, and can officially travel up to 48 miles on electricity alone – a class-leading range. Read more here
The 194bhp Volvo XC60 B4D diesel will suit most people perfectly well, although company car buyers should consider the T6 plug-in hybrid (PHEV) for its tax-busting 48-mile official electric range. Core trim offers the best value: you get all the essentials, plus luxuries including climate control, cruise control and heated front seats. Read more here
Ultimate is the most expensive trim in the Volvo XC60 line-up and adds luxuries including a Bowers & Wilkins sound system, massaging front seats and a head-up display, among plenty others. The Plus trim is significantly cheaper but still offers plenty of luxuries, including a more upmarket interior, fully electric seats and four-zone climate control. Read more here
It should be a very safe car. The Volvo XC60 was awarded the maximum five-star safety rating by the independent experts at Euro NCAP when it was tested in 2017 (although bear in mind that the tests have become much tougher since then). It recorded an impressive 98% score for adult passenger protection. Read more here
The Volvo XC60’s boot isn’t as big as those in rivals such as the Audi Q5 and BMW X3, with enough room for eight carry-on suitcases in mild-hybrid (MHEV) versions or seven in the plug-in hybrids (PHEVs). The PHEV version’s boot is larger than you’ll find in alternatives including the BMW X3 xDrive 30e PHEV. Read more here
|RRP price range||£47,560 - £68,385|
|Number of trims (see all)||3|
|Number of engines (see all)||4|
|Available fuel types (which is best for you?)||hybrid, petrol, diesel|
|MPG range across all versions||282.1 - 44.1|
|Available doors options||5|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£840 / £4,476|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£1,680 / £8,951|