Trawling through the engine line-up on many modern cars can leave you a bit bewildered. Thankfully, that’s not the case with the XC60 because there are really only two engines you need to worry about: the D4 and the D5. Both are 2.0-litre diesels, but the former has 188bhp while the latter pumps out a healthier 232bhp.
While it won’t make you yelp with elation every time you put your foot down, the D4 has more than enough everyday vim and vigour for most people. So whether you’re knocking about in town or trundling down a slip road en route to another bout of M25 madness, rest assured, respectable pace delivered in an unstressed manner is always available. True, a Q5 2.0 TDI 190 is slightly brisker, but the D4 is decidedly quicker than a Discovery Sport.
For those that want more, you can sate yourself behind the wheel of the D5, which offers better response and an extra slice of mid-range get-up-and-go.
Either way, you’ll get an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard. This blurs its changes well enough that you won’t feel too many of them, but it is sometimes a little hesitant to change down, leaving the XC60 labouring in too high a gear – when you want to enter a roundabout briskly, for instance.
If you’re dead set against a diesel, there’s also a T5 petrol. We’ve yet to try this turbocharged 2.0-litre, but with a punchy 250bhp acceleration should be brisker than in either of the diesels. However, given how much thirstier this engine is, Volvo understandably doesn’t expect to sell many.