It’s often tempting to dismiss SUVs or crossovers that look like they belong off road when in fact they don’t, and highlight their frequent and obvious failings: they’re too tall to drive pleasingly and their pretentiousness usually makes them thirstier and heavier than they need to be.

But while there are elements of that with the Volvo XC60, it actually looks more suited to the road than most. Admittedly there might not be a great deal of satisfaction for the enthusiastic driver, especially in comparison to some of its more polished rivals, but the XC60 has a breadth of talent that ensures it maintains plenty of appeal.

Hilton Holloway

Associate editor
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There’s a wide range of engine and drivetrain options, the latest of which adding a welcome dose of sophistication to the car, and it’s incredibly safe. In 2009 it gained a five star Euro NCAP rating, offering a vast array of safety-focused technology either as standard or optionally. And as many XC60’s will be used to transport owners’ nearest and dearest, that counts for a huge amount of its appeal.

It’s just as stylish, both inside and out, as its many rivals too. And while it’s not as capacious as some of Volvo’s traditional estate models the XC60 does a decent job of being day to day practical as well.

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In fact, there’s a great deal to like about the XC60, which is undoubtedly one of the most appealing and attractive small SUVs on sale. This can only stand it in good nick as the 2017 model is readying itself to enter the market.

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