What is it?
This is the Volvo XC60 2.4D. It’s the entry-level engine in the XC60 range and features a de-tuned 161bhp version of the familiar ‘D5’ five-cylinder turbodiesel.
What’s it like?
The XC60’s flowing haunches, sleek roofline and rakish tail lights really make the car stand out - a useful asset in a market segment brimful of unimaginative me-too rivals.
But though the XC60’s appearance is a break from the norm, from the moment you climb aboard it feels just like a Volvo. The light, airy cabin has just enough luxury touches to feel upmarket without seeming ostentatious, and the controls feel solid but not over-engineered.
The 161bhp 2.4D we tested is the least powerful XC60 variant on offer, but although it’s not exactly brisk, the five-cylinder turbodiesel rarely feels underpowered.
The six-speed manual gearbox isn’t particularly precise, but it feels slick enough and actually works much better with this engine than the optional Geartronic auto, which occasionally feels dull-witted and robs the driver of that extra level of control needed to make the most of the relatively modest power on offer.