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Volvo XC60

(2017 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

71
%
A

Used car score:

69
%
B

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

75
%
B

Safety Rating:

76
%
B

Eco Rating:

68
%
A

Reliability Rating:

86
%
B

Running Costs:

54
%
D

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

71
%
A

Used car score:

69
%
B

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

75
%
B

Safety Rating:

76
%
B

Eco Rating:

68
%
A

Reliability Rating:

86
%
B

Running Costs:

54
%
D

Summary


The Volvo XC60 is a medium-sized premium SUV/crossover, built on the same platform as its 60-series siblings, the S60 saloon and V60 estate. The current model is the second generation of XC60, and was launched in the summer of 2017.

The XC60 has received generally good to very good reviews from the UK motoring media, and has won many awards since it was launched – including 2018 World Car of the Year.

A pair of plug-in hybrid options were added to the range since launch, and have received higher scores than the regular petrol and diesel versions of the Volvo XC60 since joining the range. As of January 2024, the XC60 holds a New Car Expert Rating of A, with a score of 71%.

The Volvo XC60 range has been particularly praised for its exterior and interior design, class-leading safety standards and comfort. However, its driving experience is not considered as enjoyable as some rivals.

Key specifications


Body style: Medium SUV/crossover
Engines: petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid
Price: From £37,785 on-road

Launched: Summer 2017
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: November 2017
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 98%
Child protection: 87%
Vulnerable road users: 76%
Safety assist: 95%

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

Model tested: XC60 B4 Diesel 4X4 Automatic

Overall score: 2 stars
Date tested: February 2021
Read the full Green NCAP review

Clean Air Index: 6.7 / 10
Energy Efficiency Index: 2.5 / 10

The Volvo XC60 2.0-litre diesel automatic B4 received a two-star rating from Green NCAP in February 2021. Green NCAP said: “The XC60 is tested here with the 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine. Its exhaust after-treatment does an excellent job of controlling pollutant emissions. Particulate number is very low for a vehicle of this type and low emissions of other pollutants lead to an impressive 6.7/10 in this part of the assessment.

“Sadly, this level of performance is not repeated in in energy efficiency or emissions of greenhouse gases. The car’s size and weight count against it and it gets 2.5/10 for Energy Efficiency. But it is in the area of greenhouse gases that the XC60 B4 really performs poorly, with values of N2O sufficiently high that the car scores nothing in this part of the assessment.

“Overall, the Volvo’s average index only just puts it into the two-star band.”

This rating only applies to the 2.0-litre diesel automatic B4 version of the Volvo XC60, and does not imply similar ratings for other engine and gearbox combinations in the range.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

The Volvo XC60 has a higher-than-average overall reliability score, according to exclusive extended warranty data provided by our partners at MotorEasy. However, this applies to all Golf models in MotorEasy’s database, so will be a combination of the current model and the previous generation.

The majority of problems with the XC60 relate to its electrical system, although fortunately these tend not to be too expensive with an average repair cost of about £275. Engine problems much more expensive and almost as common – claims of this nature usually costing around £1,200.

If you’re looking at a used XC60, make sure any extended warranty cover you purchase covers all of these potential problem areas.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models183 g/kmC170 – 206 g/kmC – D
Diesel models167 g/kmC157 – 175 g/kmC – C
Plug-in hybrid models24 g/kmA23 – 73 g/kmA – A
Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
Plug-in hybrid models48 milesD22 – 49 milesD – E
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models39C31 – 42C – D
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£361C
Year 2£896C
Year 3£1,319C
Year 4£1,551C
Year 5£2,040C
Overall£6,167C

The Volvo XC60 is a can be expensive to own and run, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

While we currently don’t have the fuel consumption data for the various models in the XC60 range, we do know that the electric-only range of plug-in hybrids is lower than the PHEV range average, and the car’s insurance premiums also sit at around the market average.

The SUV’s service and maintenance costs are unlikely to surprise either, as the accumulated cost over the course of five years of ownership (from new) is neither cheap nor overly expensive.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Volvo XC60 has received

2022

  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Premium SUV
  • What Car? Electric Awards – Best Used Hybrid Large SUV

2021

2020

  • Auto Express Driver Power – Best Premium Mid-Size SUV
  • Auto Trader Awards – Best Car for Families

2019

  • Auto Express Driver Power – Best Premium Mid-Size SUV + Safety Features Award
  • Auto Trader Awards – Best Car for Long Distances

2018

  • World Car of the Year
  • UK Car of the Year Awards – Car of the Year + Best Medium Crossover
  • AM Awards – New Car of the Year
  • Auto Express Awards – Best Premium Hybrid Car (XC60 T8)
  • Auto Trader Awards – Best Car Launched in the Last Year
  • DrivingElectric Awards – Best Large Plug-In Hybrid
  • Fleet World Honours – Best Large SUV
  • Towcar of the Year Awards – Towcar of the Year + Best Family Towcar + Best Towcar 1,500-1,700kg category
  • What Car? Awards – Safety Award

2017

  • Auto Express Awards – Best Premium SUV
  • Professional Driver Car of the Year Awards – Best Luxury SUV

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The Volvo XC60 has received good to very good reviews from the UK media and has won many awards since it was launched, including the 2018 World Car of the Year.Volvo XC60