Strong on safety
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Carsguide, PO Box 4245, Sydney, NSW, 2010.