Volvo XC60 review

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Volvo XC60
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18 May 2017 22:00 | Last updated: 23 Aug 2018 11:48

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Upward mobility. It's not an uncommon or unworthy quest in life and it's something that Volvo has worked tirelessly to achieve over the past few years.

Not all that long ago, the Swedish brand was viewed very much as a cut-price alternative to the premium German triumvirate of Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Well, these days, Volvo isn't simply knocking on the door of that exclusive club – it's partying hard inside.

Of course, when you're no longer significantly cheaper than your rivals, there’s no excuse for not being as good – and that's the challenge faced by the XC60. Based on the same platform that underpins Volvo’s flagship XC90, the XC60 is almost as wide but it's shorter and several thousand pounds cheaper. It also has five seats rather than seven.

The original XC60 (2008-2016) was a big hit and even picked up our SUV of the Year award. However, this latest model is up against much tougher competition than its predecessor, the best of which includes the Audi Q5, Land Rover Discovery Sport and, more recently, the DS 7 Crossback.

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Is the XC60 up to the challenge? What are its strengths and weaknesses? And which engines and trims make the most sense? Read on over the next few pages for all the answers.

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There are 6 trims available for the XC60 estate. Click to see details.See all versions
OUR PICK
Momentum
This may be the entry-level trim but we reckon it’s all you really need. Climate control, keyless start, cruise control, automatic lights and wipers and heated leather seats all come as standard, s...View trim
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R DESIGN
This is the most popular trim level, thanks to its more aggressive styling; you also get chunky 19in alloys and tinted windows. Sports suspension results in a slightly firmer ride than the standard...View trim
Fuel Diesel, Petrol, Petrol/Plug-In Elec Hybrid
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£37,062
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Momentum Pro
The Pro Pack adds an electric driver’s seat, a heated windscreen, a heated steering wheel and LED foglights to Momentum...View trim
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£37,243
Average Saving £3,677
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Inscription
Range-topping Inscription trim does bring an even more upmarket interior and fully electric seats. However, it pushes the XC60’s price into the realm of altogether bigger and better cars, such as t...View trim
Fuel Diesel, Petrol, Petrol/Plug-In Elec Hybrid
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£38,877
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R DESIGN Pro
Keeps the sporty looks of R-Design but adds even bigger (21in) alloy wheels, air suspension, a heated windscreen, a heated steering wheel and LED foglights. It is rather pricey, though, and the air...View trim
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£41,327
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Inscription Pro
Adding the Pro Pack to the already luxurious Inscription trim gets you air suspension, a heated windscreen, a heated steering wheel, LED foglights and even massaging front seats. It’s far too price...View trim
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£42,416
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