Strong on safety

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mean feat given the com­pe­ti­tion it faced. It ar­rived rel­a­tively late, other brands hav­ing launched their own SUVS.

Nat­u­rally, be­ing a Volvo, safety was a strong suit— the XC60 topped the tree when it came to crash pro­tec­tion. But there was more to it than that. Its sturdy body was fit­ted with lay­ers of fea­tures that set it apart.

The turbo diesel en­gines are the pick of the bunch for per­for­mance, drive­abil­ity and fuel econ­omy.

It’s im­por­tant, how­ever, that any­one con­sid­er­ing a diesel do the maths on run­ning costs, as self-ig­nit­ers don’t al­ways add up against the petrol equiv­a­lents.

On the road the XC60 steers well, rides firmly but is not un­com­fort­able, and han­dles any­thing a city­bound driver is likely to throw at it with aplomb. In­side, there is more than enough room for five adults to ride in



There are no fun­da­men­tal flaws show­ing up in the XC60 and sec­ond­hand buy­ers can shop with con­fi­dence. At this early stage of life ser­vic­ing shouldn’t be an is­sue but check for a main­te­nance record to show that all has been cov­ered to date.

Look for pos­si­ble crash re­pairs, par­tic­u­larly ones that haven’t been well car­ried out. The XC60 wasn’t de­signed to go of­froad to any ex­tent but nev­er­the­less check for ev­i­dence of such use as some own­ers might not un­der­stand, or choose to ig­nore, its lim­i­ta­tions.


Five stars on the ANCAP scale are the mea­sure of the XC60’S level of safety— it’s first rate, as good as it gets. It had all the imag­in­able safety aids, from anti-lock brakes and a slew of airbags to elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol and the so-called City Safety sys­tem, de­signed to min­imise low-speed city im­pacts with driver warn­ings and au­to­matic brak­ing in­ter­ven­tion.


If you need fuel econ­omy, go the diesel but re­mem­ber to do the sums. Be­cause fuel prices bounce around, the petrol ver­sus diesel pic­ture changes all the time. Some­thing to con­sider is that the petrol en­gines re­quire 95RON fuel. Do you or have you owned a Kia Soul? If so why not share your views with other Cars­guide read­ers by send­ing your com­ments to Gra­ham Smith at gra­ham.smith@cars­ or write to Cars­guide, PO Box 4245, Syd­ney, NSW, 2010.

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