XC60 prices have risen sharply compared to the outgoing model (by around £4000), but that still keeps the car broadly in line with the premium rivals it’s up against, and in return for your cash you get plenty of kit.

Of the three trims levels to choose from – Momentum, R-Design and Inscription – we’d say entry-level Momentum will suit most fine.

Have a D5 R-Design. And if you cover a lot of motorway miles, add the Intellisafe Pro pack

You still get cruise control, keyless start, automatic lights and wipers, 18in alloys, rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, a gorgeous leather interior with heated front seats and a 9.0in portrait-style Sensus infotainment system with DAB radio and sat-nav.

Of course, this is a Volvo, so you get a host of safety features thrown in too. There’s an advanced form of autonomous emergency braking that recognises cars, cyclists and animals and can even help you safely swerve out of the way of oncoming traffic and back onto the correct side of the road, should you need to – while the semi-self-driving Pilot Assist comes as an option.

The latter’s one of the market’s better systems, though not the match of Mercedes’ equivalent by most tester’s estimation.

It does seem a bit off that you need to pay £300 to get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

If you’re desperate for the air suspension on a model that doesn’t have it (it’s standard on R-Design Pro and Inscription Pro) you can add it as an optional £1500 extra.

Over three years you can expect the XC60 to hold onto its value better than most rivals, but its engines aren’t any more efficient.


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