Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The XC60 is unmistakably a Volvo and the same can be said of the interior. There’s a genuine sense of style thanks to the neat design, which is dominated by the trademark floating centre console that flows seamlessly into the central cubby. This is angled towards the driver and all the controls are well placed and easy to navigate, particularly the funky chrome ventilation buttons that glow green at night.

The minimalist Scandinavian design is easy on the eye and certainly unique, while build quality is exceptional. The driving position is good and from behind the wheel the XC60 doesn’t feel like an off roader – while the raised position means a great view of the road ahead.

Volvo XC60 comfort impresses thanks to a good blend of ride and handling, making it an incredibly relaxed cross-country cruiser.

The suspension does a great job in absorbing potholes and bumps in the road surface, even at higher speeds, which makes for a refined ride. There’s minimal wind or road noise and the seats are wonderfully comfortable – a Volvo tradition.

Passengers in the back get good head and legroom and all cars come with electronic climate control as standard. Unlike many larger off roaders the XC60 doesn’t wallow in corners – or pitch and dive under hard acceleration or braking.