Parkers overall rating: 3.3 out of 5 3.3

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 3.3 - 4.5 mpp
Diesel engines 4.0 - 5.5 mpp
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 9.8 - 33.2 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.
Based on "Weighted" mpg; figures depend on the proportion of miles driven in pure electric mode and may vary widely

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 28.0 - 38.6 mpg
Diesel engines 35.3 - 47.9 mpg
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 83.1 - 282.1 mpg
  • Recharge models cheapest to run on paper
  • B4 diesel likely cheapest in real world
  • Fuel economy not that impressive

How much does it cost to run?

When it comes to running costs, the majority of the XC60 range is firmly middle of the road in our experience – not helped because its heavy (the lightest is 1,756kg), all have automatic gearboxes and the majority of them have all-wheel drive as standard. This is further evidenced by the miles per pound figures, the impressive end of which are skewed by the plug-in hybrids, with an overall span of 3.3 - 33.2 mpp.

MPG and CO2

Under the more rigorous WLTP testing regime, the engine range consists of:

  • B5 FWD: 33.6-38.1mpg, 168-191g/km CO2
  • B5 AWD: 31.7-36.7mpg, 176-202g/klm CO2
  • B6 AWD: 30.0-34.0mpg,. 190-213g/km
  • B4 (D) AWD: 39.2-44.8mpg, 166-188g/km CO2.
  • Recharge T6 PHEV: 100.9-256.5.0mpg,  25-64g/km CO2, 28.6-48.5 mile EV range
  • Recharge T8 PHEV: 100.9-256.5mpg,  25-64g/km CO2, 28.6-31.47.8 mile EV range

Fuel tank capacity is 71 litres on all models, with an 11.5 litre AdBlue tank for the diesel.

A larger battery fitted in 2021 increased the claimed electric-only range, although we’d still only expect to cover around 30-35 miles on a full charge.

Is the XC60 reliable?

  • Looks and feels incredibly well-made
  • Four official recalls so far, though
  • Three-year warranty as standard

Based on the same Scalable Product Architecture – known as SPA – underpinnings as the larger Volvo XC90, S90 and V90, the XC60 shares its underlying technology with other models. While still relatively new, it has been in production for a little while now, any initial kinks will hopefully have been ironed out.

Nevertheless, the DVSA vehicle insprectorate has deemed it necessary to issue four recalls since the Mk2 XC60’s launch: two related to software issues, another for a sticking tailgate, while the fourth concerned a potential loss of power while driving

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Remedial work should by now have been undertaken, but it’s worth checking wth a Volvo dealer if you are considering buying a used model.

Those aside, the cars we’ve tested feel solid, they don’t seem to develop squeaks or rattles after prolonged use and new ones come with the benefit of a three-year warranty for peace of mind.

Read owner’s reviews on the Volvo XC60

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £165 - £520
Insurance group 31 - 44
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