True GT car that ticks all the right boxes . . .

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The 2017 Me­gane Sport Tourer looks and goes well COM­ING soon to a Volvo show­room near you will be the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion of their best-sell­ing XC 60.

Your Mo­tors man got a pre­view of what we can ex­pect last week when those aw­fully nice peo­ple at Volvo came to the north west to launch their lat­est mid-sized SUV in the UK.

So there was a row of shiny new XC60s parked out­side Chea­dle’s Oddfel­lows ho­tel for me to try - apart from the T8 Twin Engine hy­brid which is promised later this year.

That meant there were D4 and D5 ver­sions in var­i­ous trim lev­els from Mo­men­tum spec up to In­scrip­tion Pro.

An ex­tended two hour test drive (in­clud­ing a sec­tion on the Snake Pass, see above) in the base level, low­er­pow­ered D4 (still 190bhp with a 0 to 62 time of 8.4 sec­onds) showed why Volvo are still at the front of the pack when it comes to SUVs and es­tate cars.

With a promised 55mpg plus from its two-litre diesel engine, AWD, am­ple per­for­mance and priced from £37,205, the new XC60 ticks all right the boxes.

The range goes up to £45,600 for the In­scrip­tion Pro T5 with the, to come, T8 hy­brid (with over 400bhp!) ex­pected to be a shade un­der£58,000.

So what’s it like? Well let me tell you what Volvo say of their lat­est of­fer­ing: “The new XC60 brings new lev­els of so­phis­ti­ca­tion, con­nec­tiv­ity, ef­fi­ciency and safety to the class.” And they also tell us that the XC60 ‘com­bines el­e­gant Scan­di­na­vian de­sign, pre­mium nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als, skilled crafts­man­ship and in­no­va­tive en­ter­tain­ment and con­trol sys­tems to cre­ate a mod­ern, lux­u­ri­ous place in which to travel’.

Well I found the two ver­sions I tried out to be pretty much as de­scribed - but then I would ex­pect noth­ing less from a com­pany with Volvo’s rep­u­ta­tion.

And speak­ing of rep­u­ta­tion, add to all the above Volvo’s leg­endary ap­proach to safety, with the car stuffed with safety fea­tures in­clud­ing an­other first for Volvo, Steer As­sist, which can au­to­mat­i­cally de­tect and help you to steer you around a po­ten­tial col­li­sion! ● See Mo­tors later this year for a full road test on the XC 60, which goes on sale in the UK in Septem­ber.

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