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Volvo XC60

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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 August 2021, the XC60’s Expert Rating of 76% is second-best in class behind the Porsche Macan (which presumably appeals to a rather different audience).

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: –
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Safety rating


Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: November 2017

98%

ADULT OCCUPANT

87%

CHILD OCCUPANT

76%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

95%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


The Volvo XC60 2.0-litre diesel automatic B4 received a two-star rating from Green NCAP in February 2021. We are currently updating our Euro NCAP database, as the organisation changed its rating system and we need to change our database accordingly to be able to display the new scores.

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.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Volvo XC60 has received

2021

  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Premium SUV

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

2017

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

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