Volvo XC60 2024 experience | maximum speed

Volvo XC60 2024 experience |  maximum speed

This is the middle child of Volvo’s SUV range – smaller and less luxurious than the big XC90, but roomier and more family-oriented than the small XC40. In the broader automobile market, it sits in the middle of the most crowded and competitive segment, the midsize crossover.

However, whatever the competition, the Volvo

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It also doesn’t get distracted by any of this nonsense about pretending it’s an off-road-oriented lifestyle. Does anyone still want their SUV to pretend to be an SUV? Of course we’ve long since gotten over that. Nor does she wear it under the pretense of athleticism. It is therefore not hampered by the heavy and cumbersome devices of the former, or the cruel inflexibility of the latter.

Of course, this compromise approach pits it against some tough competitors. The Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC are all there and have unparalleled efficiency. But the Volvo looks very different inside – while the Germans go in one direction, the XC60 has the confidence to follow its own way.

It’s been a long time, hasn’t it?

This is the second generation version of the XC60 – the first was launched in 2008 and went on sale for nine years. It was Volvo’s best-selling car, so you can understand why they were hesitant to stop selling it. This current version has been around since 2017, with a mid-life facelift in 2021 helping to keep things fresh.

With the second edition of the Reassured.

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So what engines do you offer?

It’s actually a fairly simple choice – you can opt for a 2.0-litre petrol engine (no diesel options now) with 48V mild-hybrid technology, or there’s a hybrid setup with two levels of power from the petrol engine and an 18.8kWh battery. Enough for up to 47 miles.

The mild hybrid petrol delivers 247bhp, 0-62mph in 6.9 seconds, a slightly disappointing official fuel economy of 31.7mpg, and CO2 emissions of 180g/km.

The T6 PHEV setup delivers 345 horsepower and a 0-62 mph time of 5.7 seconds, and the more fun T8 model delivers 449 horsepower for a 4.9-second sprint. Both PHEV models are rated at 217mpg (a meaningless figure – keep the electric while you laugh; let the battery die and you’re looking at less than 30mpg), 24g/km of CO2, and a tax-free eight per cent Beck.

I caught you. how much does it cost?

Prices start from £44,820 for the mild hybrid, while the T6 PHEV starts from £52,359 and the T8 PHEV from £59,606.

Our selection from the range

Volvo

2.0 T6 (350) PHEV Plus Dark 5dr AWD Geartronic

£60,000

What is the ruling?

The Volvo XC60 does things differently than its BMW, Mercedes and Audi counterparts… and that’s for the better

We’re big fans of modern Volvos, and the XC60 is no exception. It takes most of the good parts from larger 90-series cars and SUVs and distills them into a smaller package.

It’s comfortable to be in thanks to a nice, quiet cabin (get it in a bright color, you won’t regret it…unless you have kids), and mostly relaxing to drive. It does things differently than BMW, Mercedes, and Audi, and as good as those cars are, this one is the best for it.

We say it’s something cooler and less aggressive in appearance for the Potter as well. It’s not the sportiest nor the cheapest SUV, but it’s probably the most socially acceptable.

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