The two-wheel-drive DRive models offer great fuel economy
5 star NCAP safety rating.
Terrible satnav system
Some cabin noise present
Defunct petrol engines
Generally poor fuel economy compared to rivals
The XC60 is Volvo's compact 4x4 model and has been their best selling car since it's release in 2008. The XC60 has done a lot to update perceptions of the brand, reforming the previous image of Volvo as purveyors of boring boxy saloon cars.
The new alien style of Volvo has found its most successful home on the bulky frame of the XC60. Whilst pretty may not be the first word that springs to mind, it's definitely modern and definitely unique. In an automotive world where everything seems to have been done before this really makes the XC60 a standout. Whilst the engine lineup consists of both petrol and diesel powerplants the huge majority of models are powered by diesel, and with good reason. The two-wheel-drive 2.0 litre is designed for fuel efficiency whilst the 2.5 litre turbo diesel boasts full four-wheel-drive and plenty of power. The petrol alternatives offer little in terms of pulling power whilst drinking a lot more fuel, they are a little quieter than the now aged diesel units though. Overall though, the engines are a little outdated compared to the competition, with fuel economy suffering.
As befits an aspiring luxury car the interior is neat and boasts as much leather and aluminium as it does plastic. The bulletproof construction is more than skin deep with the sturdy leather seats offering good support and the console laid out in an intuitive ergonomic fashion. Everything seems to be adjustable to a large degree, which is good news if you're especially tall or short. The usual wealth of space you find in 4x4's is present too with a folding rear seat built along the 40/20/40 blueprint, great for awkwardly shaped loads.
Whilst the XC60 is Volvo's best selling car to date it can't quite live up to the class act that is the Range Rover Evoque. It's just not as well-rounded a package. The same is true when we compare the XC60 to the BMW X3, the modern diesel technology on the BMW offers a much better driving experience. This said, XC60 is a great cruising car and if your aim is to keep a family safe whilst eating up some motorway miles, the XC60 is a fine choice. Many people just love that novel styling too!