Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

Should you buy one?

Yes, it’s a popular choice for good reason. The XC60 is an excellent family SUV. It combines a high standard of safety equipment with a modern design and very good ride comfort. In terms of which is the best one for you, it comes down to priorities.

While some rivals are cheaper to buy new, it’s difficult to think of one that challenges this Volvo for overall satisfaction of ownership. It’s very well suited to family life thanks to a practical and spacious cabin with neat touches, the technology on offer doesn’t overwhelm you and it’s comfortable across the range. And as such, we’ve no hesitation in recommending the Volvo XC60 over rivals such as the Audi Q5BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC.

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What we like

We like the typically relaxed nature of the XC60, combining seat comfort with refinement and powerful engines.

What we don’t like

The petrol engines are thirsty, the ride on larger wheels can upset the ride and the hybrids are expensive.

Which version is best for you?

The best part is you don’t even need to go for the fastest, most expensive model to get the best. As appealing as those Recharge models are, for us the pick of the crop is the B4 (D), as it’s a fine all-rounder and will be more cost-effective if you spend most of your time on longer journeys at higher speeds.

Beyond that it’s a question of taste: R-Design models fulfil a sportier brief, while the Inscriptions focus on luxury. The Pro versions of each also come with desirable features like the adaptive air suspension – well worth having.

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