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Volvo XC60 review

Mk2 version of best-selling Swedish SUV.

Summary

The new Volvo XC60 draws heavily on its larger XC90 sister to produce a car which, while not the most fun in the class, is impressive as a complete package.

Review overview

Design
9.0
Performance
8.0
Handling
7.0
Economy
7.0
Value
8.0

Summary

The new Volvo XC60 draws heavily on its larger XC90 sister to produce a car which, while not the most fun in the class, is impressive as a complete package.

What is it?
The Volvo XC60 is the second generation of the brand’s mid-sized SUV.

Key features
New design from larger XC90, new engines, more technology.

Our view
The new Volvo XC60 draws heavily on its larger XC90 sister to produce a car which, while not the most fun in the class, is impressive as a complete package.


It is a good time to be associated with Volvo. The Swedish brand has flourished under its ownership by Chinese giant Geely – in 2017 alone sales in the UK are up 8% this year, on top of a 7.5% increase last year.

Most of this growth this has been fuelled by the new 90-series line-up (S90, V90 and XC90), which has been much praised by, among others, The Car Expert.

The 90 models are range toppers, however. Can such success transfer to Volvo’s bigger-volume cars? We are here to find out with the launch of the second-generation Volvo XC60 – the SUV that is the brand’s biggest seller of all.

Not surprisingly, Volvo appears to have applied a simple formula in designing the replacement for the original XC60 launched in 2008 – shrink wrap the XC90.

Happily adopting the larger model’s design language, this car could have been built for those who have tried an XC90, loved it but who just can’t justify such a big, upmarket SUV.

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2017 Volvo XC60 review | The Car Expert

Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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