As we’ve written so many times, what constitutes a great-handling mid-sized SUV is a complicated thing to define.
In outright terms, the answer may simply be ‘a Porsche Macan’, but for someone who wants the comfort, isolation, versatility, space and convenience that most cars of this type afford – and that, in many cases, the Porsche does not – that answer may be as good as useless.
However you prefer to define that idea, few would expect the new XC60 to set the premium SUV class standard on handling dynamism and so perhaps few will care that it doesn’t.
But we’re not here to overlook the shortcomings of the car’s suspension and steering on that basis, because to do so wouldn’t be fair on Volvo’s competitors – nor would it be much use to you.
In air-suspended form and on optional 19in alloy wheels at the very least, the XC60 is a car that falls between two stalls, providing a driving experience that doesn't stand out in terms of its ride nor its handling.
It’s a dynamically competent car, and as secure in extremis as anyone could want a Volvo to be.