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Volvo XC60 review

2017 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 53.5
” Still an excellent all-rounder after all these years “

At a glance

Price new £47,625 - £69,385
Used prices £14,018 - £54,057
Road tax cost £190 - £600
Insurance group 31 - 44
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Fuel economy 28 - 122.8 mpg
Range 502 - 750 miles
Miles per pound 4.1 - 18.0
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Available fuel types




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Pros & cons

  • Spacious, stylish and comfy interior
  • Excellent safety credentials 
  • Generous standard equipment
  • Options really ramp up prices 
  • Average running costs at best
  • Big wheels mean a bumpy ride

Written by Keith Adams Published: 30 August 2022 Updated: 16 January 2024


From the scaled-down XC90 exterior design to the luxurious, high-technology interior, it feels every bit the high-end modern family accessory. It also features generous levels of standard equipment across the range, and a distinctive, warm, cutting-edge image without the aggression of the German alternatives – especially the Audi Q5 and BMW X3.

Other Volvo XC60 rivals include the Mercedes-Benz GLC, Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Land Rover Discovery Sport. It stands up well against any of them, although its character is particularly sensitive to specification, so you need to be careful to pick the version that best suits you.

It’s getting on a bit now, but the XC60 has been continually updated. The latest upgrades (in 2021) included an Android-based in-car infotainment system with built-in Google Maps and Google Assistant voice control. Not to mention increased safety equipment, over-the-air software updates, and an improved 12.3-inch digital instrument display.

Engine range is limited to the B4 mild-hybrid diesel with 197hp, and a similarly-equipped petrol with 250hp. There’s also a pair of plug-in hybrids known as the T6 and T8 Recharge. The plug-in hybrid models offer up to a claimed 47 miles of electric-only range.

The T6 variant boasts 350hp, and the T8 makes a generous 455hp. Every XC60 comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive (AWD) – except the least powerful B4 diesel, which is front-wheel drive (FWD).

Trim levels are simple enough – Core for the B5, Plus for the B4, B5 and T6, and Ultimate for the B5 and T8. All models get a full leather interior, dual-zone climate control with CleanZone filtering, and a very complete package of safety features – as you’d expect for a Volvo.

Over the next few pages we’ll cover everything from the interior and practicality to running costs and performance in our full Volvo XC60 review. So keep reading for the Parkers expert verdict.