Volvo XC60

4/5
Volvo XC60  new car image
Verdict

Compact SUVs are a very big business at present and there is huge competition among the segment’s contenders. At the moment it appears that the reigning champion for the last few years has been the Nissan Qashqai and cars like the Mazda CX-5 are gaining popularity too. In the higher end of the segment the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5 are nipping away at each-other’s customers. However, one that seems to be often overlooked is the Volvo XC60. One of the reasons for it being overlooked could be to do with the fact that it has remained relatively unchanged for seven years now, but even with its age the vehicle still holds relevance.

Performance

Our test model was fitted with a 2.0 litre turbo diesel engine that offers 150 PS. This power is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. This engine offers a maximum torque of 350Nm. The car really feels the horses at play when the foot is down and on occasion the engine struggled to get traction. This was mostly evident when changing from first to second gear. We also noticed that the vehicle was a little sluggish when accelerating from 100 to 120 km/h. Other engines include the D4 that offers 190 PS and the D5 that offers 220 PS. Both of these engine choices can be mated to four-wheel drive. The D3 engine has front wheel drive.

Ride & Handling

The XC60 suffers from body roll in the same way as the XC90 and the only way to avoid it is to take corners very slowly. The steering can be vague too. Apart from that the ride is smooth in the XC60 and the car hugs the road nicely. This compact SUV also does a good job of soaking up bumps and bruises in the road. We did not test drive the all-wheel drive version which is available with the other engines.

Refinement

The XC60 is nicely padded from road noise and it deals well with wind noise too. The diesel engine we tested was quiet.

Quality & Reliability

The interior is presented excellently and there is a high quality feel in the cabin. The model we were driving had leather seats which are optional but pricey at €1,492. These same seats are extremely comfortable. The infotainment system looks dated and is presented in the same way that the old Ford SYNC was. There are plenty of buttons and the system can be complicated. The new XC90 shows us where Volvo will be going with their infotainment offerings into the future.

Safety & Security

Unsurprisingly the Volvo XC60 received a full five stars in the Euro NCAP. It scored 94% for adult occupancy, 79% for child occupancy, 48% for pedestrian safety and 86% for safety assistance systems. The car comes with a myriad of safety systems as well as a selection of airbags to the front and rear.

Space & Practicality

Head and leg room to the rear is excellent and there wouldn’t be much problems in getting three adults in there. However for maximum comfort we’d limit the rear to two adults. For children this area is great too and because the rear doors open so widely it is simple getting child seats and children in there. The boot offers 495 litres and with the back seats down this amounts to 1,495 litres. The front cabin is spacious too. The XC60 can also be used for towing and we are told that it will carry a maximum load of 1,500 kg.

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Key Facts

Make

Volvo

Model
XC60
Variant
XC60 D3 (150hp) FWD ES
Trim
ES
Car Category
Compact Crossover
First Launched
2013
Engine (L)
2.0
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
6 Speed
Fuel type
Diesel
Body Type
SUV
Price New
€39,795
CBG Expert Rating
4.0

Running Costs

Tax
€200
Tax Band
A4
Vrt Tax Band
0.17
L/100km Combined
4.5
Average km/L
22.2
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
70
Fuel Tank Range
1555 km
Cost of filling a tank
€85.33
Average Cost Per 200 km
€10.97
CO2 emmissions
117 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6

Performance

Brake Horsepower
150 bhp
Max Power kW
112
Displacement - CC (Engine)
1969
Engine Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Number of valves
4
Driven Wheels
Front
Aspiration
Turbo Charged
Top speed
190 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
10.0 s

Space & Practicality

Body Type
SUV
Doors
4
Seats
5
Boot capacity
490 L

Warranty

All Components
3 Years comprehensive protection
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
3 Years comprehensive protection
Car Body
12 Years against rust perforation
Paintwork
3 Years on paintwork
Mileage
100000
Roadside Assistance
2 Year Roadside Assistance

Safety

Euroncap Star Rating
5

Dimensions

Boot capacity
490 L
Wheels
Front wheel drive
Tyre size front
235/60 R17 mm
Tyre size back
235/60 R17 mm
Length
4644 mm
Width
1891 mm
Height
1713 mm
Wheel Base
2774 mm
Front Track (mm)
1713
Rear Track (mm)
1586
Turning circle (m)
12.1 - 12.6

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, transversely
Fuel Delivery
Diesel Commonrail
Front Suspension
Independent, Spring McPherson, with stabilizer
Rear Suspension
Independent, spring
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Disc
Steering
Steering rack
Power
150 bhp
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SUV
€39,795
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €200
  • Boot Capacity 490 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 150 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 10.0 s
  • New Price €39,795
SUV
€41,795
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €200
  • Boot Capacity 490 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 190 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 8.1 s
  • New Price €41,795
SUV
€44,545
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 8 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €270
  • Boot Capacity 490 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 190 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 8.1 s
  • New Price €44,545
SUV
€45,145
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €200
  • Boot Capacity 490 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 190 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 8.1 s
  • New Price €45,145
SUV
€45,995
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 SPeed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €280
  • Boot Capacity 490 L
  • Engine Size 2.4 L
  • Power 190 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 10.5 s
  • New Price €45,995
SUV
€47,895
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 8 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €270
  • Boot Capacity 490 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 190 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 8.1 s
  • New Price €47,895
SUV
€47,945
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €200
  • Boot Capacity 490 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 190 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 8.1 s
  • New Price €47,945
SUV
€48,595
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €200
  • Boot Capacity 490 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 190 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 8.1 s
  • New Price €48,595
SUV
€48,745
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 8 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €390
  • Boot Capacity 490 L
  • Engine Size 2.4 L
  • Power 190 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 10.8 s
  • New Price €48,745
SUV
€49,350
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €280
  • Boot Capacity 490 L
  • Engine Size 2.4 L
  • Power 190 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 10.5 s
  • New Price €49,350
SUV
€50,695
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 8 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €270
  • Boot Capacity 490 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 190 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 8.1 s
  • New Price €50,695
SUV
€51,345
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 8 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €270
  • Boot Capacity 490 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 190 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 8.1 s
  • New Price €51,345
SUV
€52,110
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 8 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €390
  • Boot Capacity 490 L
  • Engine Size 2.4 L
  • Power 190 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 10.8 s
  • New Price €52,110
SUV
€52,150
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €280
  • Boot Capacity 490 L
  • Engine Size 2.4 L
  • Power 190 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 10.5 s
  • New Price €52,150
SUV
€52,795
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 SPeed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €280
  • Boot Capacity 490 L
  • Engine Size 2.4 L
  • Power 190 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 10.5 s
  • New Price €52,795
SUV
€54,910
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 8 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €390
  • Boot Capacity 490 L
  • Engine Size 2.4 L
  • Power 190 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 10.8 s
  • New Price €54,910
SUV
€55,560
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 8 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €390
  • Boot Capacity 490 L
  • Engine Size 2.4 L
  • Power 190 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 10.8 s
  • New Price €55,560
SUV
€56,410
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €390
  • Boot Capacity 490 L
  • Engine Size 2.4 L
  • Power 220 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 8.2 s
  • New Price €56,410
SUV
€57,060
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €390
  • Boot Capacity 490 L
  • Engine Size 2.4 L
  • Power 220 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 8.2 s
  • New Price €57,060