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Safety and the Swedish car manufacturer are like cup and saucer, known to go together, so Volvo XC60 safety levels are always going to impress.

Firstly, the XC60 is one of the safest cars Volvo has ever built and no surprise then that it was awarded the maximum five stars by Euro NCAP - even in the more stringent tests introduced in 2009.

All models come with City Safety as standard - this is active up to speeds of 19mph and if the vehicle in front brakes suddenly (and the system deems a collision is likely) it primes the brakes - if the driver remains inactive the car applies the brakes automatically. When the speed difference between the two cars is less than 9mph then City Safety may help avoid a collision. Between 9mph and 19mph the focus is on reducing the impact and any potential damage or injuries.

Six airbags are standard along with DSTC stability control, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, whiplash protection and roll stability control. Trailer stability assist (TSA) is an option which works with the stability control to prevent a trailer from snaking. Other systems available include a blind spot warning function and lane departure warning.

It may be stylish but the XC60 isn't a case of form over function. It's got a generous boot with 495 litres of space available (under the parcel shelf) with the seats up.

The rear seats split 40/20/40 and fold down flat so it's easy to carry large objects while the boot itself is very wide and has no load lip so loading and unloading are straightforward. An electrically operated tailgate is available as an option but it's quite slow and as the tailgate is light enough to close easy there seems little point paying extra for it.

Up front there's plenty of storage thanks to a good-sized glovebox and central cubby, plus there's stowage behind the central console. The door pockets aren't especially large though.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volvo XC60 (08-17).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats

ES equipment

ES standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
ES optional equipment
  • Space saver spare wheel

Ocean Race equipment

Ocean Race standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Front fog lights
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
Ocean Race optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel

R DESIGN equipment

R DESIGN standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Sports seats
R DESIGN optional equipment
  • DVD
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel

R Design Lux equipment

R Design Lux standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sports seats
R Design Lux optional equipment
  • DVD
  • Sat Nav

R Design Lux Nav equipment

R Design Lux Nav standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
R Design Lux Nav optional equipment
None available

R Design Nav equipment

R Design Nav standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • DVD
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
R Design Nav optional equipment
None available

R Design Premium equipment

R Design Premium standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
R Design Premium optional equipment
  • DVD
  • Space saver spare wheel

R Design SE equipment

R Design SE standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
R Design SE optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers

R Design SE Premium equipment

R Design SE Premium standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
R Design SE Premium optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Space saver spare wheel
S optional equipment
None available

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
SE optional equipment
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel

SE Lux equipment

SE Lux standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
SE Lux optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • DVD
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel

SE Lux Nav equipment

SE Lux Nav standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
SE Lux Nav optional equipment
None available

SE Lux Premium equipment

SE Lux Premium standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
SE Lux Premium optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • DVD
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Space saver spare wheel

SE Nav equipment

SE Nav standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • DVD
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
SE Nav optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Leather seat trim

SE Premium equipment

SE Premium standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Front fog lights
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
SE Premium optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Space saver spare wheel

Euro NCAP Rating

The Volvo XC60 (08-17) was tested by Euro NCAP in 2009 and received the following safety ratings:

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.