What is it?
Volvo’s long-awaited entry into the booming compact SUV segment. Although it is related to the Land Rover Freelander, the XC60’s gestation has taken over 18 months more.
Although its shares ‘some floor parts’ with the Freelander, the XC60 version of Ford’s C1+ platform is significantly different.
Under the skin, everything from the front bulkhead to the upper structure to the seating position is unique to the Swedish car.
Most UK interest will be in the five-cylinder diesel versions, but there’s also a range-topping 282bhp T6 turbo petrol engine for those wanting one of the most powerful soft-roaders on the market.
The XC60’s standard specification is generous, including climate control, cruise, aluminium trim, roof bars, roof spoiler, front fogs and 17in alloys.
However, the big news is the standard fitment of Volvo’s new ‘City Safety’ anti-collision system, which automatically brakes the car at speeds of less than 15km/h if there’s a risk of a rear-end collision with the car in front.
What’s it like?
This is probably the best new Volvo for some years. Under chief designer Steve Mattin, the last vestiges of Volvo’s formerly boxy lines have been completely wiped away.