2018 Volvo XC60

  • 4th May 2018 by SGDriver
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What’s good

  • Comfortable and classy SUV that is packed with autonomous safety kit.
  • Impressive levels of equipment.
  • T8 petrol plug-in hybrid will cover 0-62mph in 5.3 seconds.
  • 5 Star Euro NCAP Rating. 98% adult occupant, 87% child occupant, 76% pedestrian, 95% safety assist.

What not so good

  • Choppy ride on 21-inch wheels.
  • Almost no steering ‘feel’ at all.
  • Not as sharp to drive as its rivals.
  • Has one of the smallest boots in its class.
  • Technically complex equipment on high-end models will confuse Volvo’s older customers.


The second-generation XC60 is not the most dynamic of things to drive, but for what it lacks in handling it more than makes up for in comfort and refinement.

All XC60 models gets automatic city braking with pedestrian (and animal) recognition. This means it scans the road ahead and will automatically apply the brakes or help the driver steer around an obstacle in an emergency situation.

The engine line-up features two diesels, one petrol and a plug-in petrol hybrid. Most XC60 buyers will opt for the excellent 190PS D4 diesel. And with good reason, it’s refined, powerful and efficient.

Comfort and refinement are the XC60’s strong suit. Its excellent ride quality backed-up by a luxurious and refined interior that is more than a match for anything from the competition. The suspension set-up is carried over from Volvo’s 90 range and provides one of the best ride qualities of any car in its class, which means the XC60 is well-suited for long drives.

The interior of the XC60 is comfortable and spacious. It will easily cope with four adults, thanks to the abundance of head and legroom at the back. The cabin is also filled with high quality materials, while the overall build quality is first class, with no worrying creaks or squeaks from the plastics. This gives reassurance that everything has been bolted together with purpose.

All models get leather seats, with electric controls for height and lumbar adjustment in the front. Heated front seats are also standard across the range, along with central pillar-mounted ventilation for those in the back.

Head and legroom will seldom be an issue in the XC60 and the rear seats will easily accommodate two large adults, with room to spare for an equally large or tall driver to get comfortable in the front.

The XC60 features a minimalist dashboard with the highlight being the eye-catching tablet touchscreen. The TFD display is bright and straightforward to use, although the myriad of sub-menus can be a little confusing at first.

However, while its high-tech nature will undoubtedly impress passengers, the screen can become a little bit of a distraction, with the driver needing to take their eyes off the road to change something as simple as the ventilation.

The only slight issue with the XC60 is its shallow boot, which is one of the smallest of any mid-sized SUV, but it’s clear to see where the investments have gone. If you value comfort and luxury over razor sharp handling and performance, then the XC60 will make a fine choice as your next family car.