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Volvo XC60

The independent definitive Volvo XC60 video review
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    THE SMART UTILITY VEHICLE (some text hidden)

    By Jonathan Crouch

    If you're thinking of buying a premium badged mid-sized SUV, you might not be thinking of buying a Volvo XC60. Perhaps you should be. Jonathan Crouch reports on the lightly revised version

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 68

    Think of a premium-badged mid-sized compact SUV and you probably think of something German - an Audi Q5 perhaps, or maybe a Mercedes GLC or BMW X3. We'd also suggest though, that you should be looking at the car we're going to test here, Volvo's second generation XC60. It's a now a rejuvenated proposition with the option not only of Plug-in hybrid tech but also mild hybrid engines.

    Backgroundword count: 140

    The original XC60 was the car that established Volvo in the minds of buyers in the mid-sized SUV segment. In nine years of production, it became the best selling car in its class in Europe, will nearly a million units sold annually, and accounted for 30% of Volvo's total global sales. Hence the crucial importance of this second generation which, along with the smaller XC40 model, is a key part of the Swedish marque's future SUV strategy. This MK2 model XC60 shares its platform with its larger XC90 stablemate but isn't quite such a revolution in terms of its design as that model was at launch. Nevertheless, there's ground-breaking safety tech and smart looks that'll eat into the sales of key rivals like Audi's Q5 and the Mercedes GLC. Now, the car's been embellished with extra media and safety technology.

    Driving Experienceword count: 276

    Volvo offers a choice of various powerplants all of which are in some way electrified - there's plenty of choice. All use the brand's advanced kinetic energy-recovery braking system and all are mated to automatic transmission. Some will still want the one remaining diesel unit, the mild hybrid 197hp B4 variant, which only comes with AWD. The rest of the range is petrol-powered - with various electrified options. There are two mild hybrid conventional ones - the 197hp front-driven B4 and the AWD 250hp B5 hybrid. Beyond that, you step into one of the top Recharge Plug-in hybrid AWD auto models, all of which use an 87hp electric motor mated to a 2.0-litre petrol engine. Those Plug-in hybrid Recharge XC60 variants come in two flavours: there's the T6 variant (with a 350hp output); or the T8 model (with a 455hp output). If you were to place entertaining driving dynamics as a priority for your premium-badged mid-sized SUV, then let's be honest, this Volvo probably wouldn't be the first model you'd turn to. But you shouldn't gauge from that an expectation that this XC60 will be a complete duffer when the road turns twisty. It's very far from that, this model described as 'confident and predictable', which is what we've found it to be and precisely what most likely buyers will want it to be. There's unruffled poise and exemplary refinement, plus you get supple standards of ride comfort from the multi-link rear suspension. A standard 'Drive Mode Settings' driving dynamics system allows you to tailor throttle response, steering feel and shift timings from the standard 8-speed auto gearbox to suit the way you want to drive.

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    Max

    Price:

    £32,685.00

    £41,390.00

    Max Speed (mph):

    124

    130

    0-62 mph (s):

    7.6

    9.2

    Urban Mpg:

    42.2

    57.6

    Extra Urban Mpg:

    55.4

    67.3

    Combined Mpg:

    49.6

    62.8

    Length (mm):

    4644

    Width (mm):

    2120

    Height (mm):

    1713

    ... and 3 other stats available

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    Category: Crossover or SUV 4x4s

    Performance
    80%
    Handling
    70%
    Comfort
    90%
    Space
    70%
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