Volvo’s XC60 may seem like a slightly anonymous fixture in the mid-size SUV market, but the car makes up around a third of the Swedish brand’s total global sales.
That was quite a surprise to us in the Petrol News office, considering some of the big hitters in the Volvo range, like the brilliant V40 hatch and Range Rover Sport-rivalling XC90.
Also, the current XC60 originally went on sale in 2008; it’s remarkable that so many people are still drawn to a car that is almost a decade old.
A long-awaited (or should we say ‘overdue’?) second-generation XC60 was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March and now we’ve got all the details on the much anticipated compact off-roader.
The XC60 mk2 will retail from £37,205 on-the-road when it arrives in Volvo showrooms in the third quarter of 2017.
That represents a £4,270 uplift on the price of the current entry-level XC60. However, this bloated asking price is justified by some significant upgrades that include an all-new chassis, all-wheel drive and a raft of safety features as standard. Prices before extras top out at £47,205 for the D5 PowerPulse AWD R-Design Pro.
The XC60 is built on Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture – the platform that helped make the XC90 and V90/S90 so outstanding – and it uses the same engines as those cars too: the two-litre four-pot D4 and D5 diesels, as well as the T5 petrol.
A super-efficient T8 petrol-electric plug-in hybrid is slated to join the range before the end of 2017 too.
The entry-level model uses the 184bhp D4 powertrain, developing 400 Nm of torque but returning a fleet-friendly 55.4mpg whilst emitting 133g/km of CO2. The 231bhp D5 diesel produces 480Nm of torque and returns 51.4mpg at 136g/km CO2.
Equipment is split over three trims: Momentum, R-Design and Inscription. Each has its own higher Pro tier which adds a few fancy extras like larger wheels, upgraded air suspension, or in the case of the range-topping Inscription model, massage seats. Mmmm!
Every XC60 comes with the following as standard: leather-faced upholstery, LED headlights with active high beam, two-zone climate control with air-filtration system, heated front seats, a powered tailgate and 18-inch alloy wheels.
There’s also a nine-inch portrait-style touchscreen with in-built sat-nav, as well as Volvo’s automatic emergency braking system, designed to slam on the brakes when it detects pedestrians, cyclists or large animals.
Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, adds: “After the excellent XC90, it looks like all the best tech from that car is finally filtering out to the rest of the Volvo range. We can’t wait to see it out on UK roads this summer.”