94: Volvo XC60 – Classy Swede now with plug-in appeal

Top 100 cars for 2020: Mid-sized SUV is sentsitive to specification level you choose

Volvo XC60: T8 plugin hybrid a good diesel alternative, although it gets thirsty if you forget to charge it up.

Volvo XC60: T8 plugin hybrid a good diesel alternative, although it gets thirsty if you forget to charge it up.

 

Volvo’s mid-size SUV is one of the most spec-sensitive cars we’ve ever come across. Pick a luxurious Inscription model and you have one of the nicest cars in its class. It’s smooth and comfortable, and really very relaxing to drive. Good looking, too, and with a really gorgeous interior.

The new B5 mild-hybrid diesel engine is a cracker, so all should be well. Pick a sporty-looking R-Design version, though, and it all goes to pot a little. The firmer ride just doesn’t suit the car, the interior doesn’t seem as sybaritic and comfy, and the more aggressive steering setting makes the XC60 feel too ‘pointy’ and darty in corners.

So, the lesson here is simply not to be seduced by the dark side of sporty styling, especially when the car you’re buying is supposed to be a comfy family conveyance. T8 plugin hybrid a good diesel alternative, although it gets thirsty if you forget to charge it up.

Best model: XC60 Inscription B5 Automatic AWD for €66,764

Price range: €53,850 to €81,000 Finance from POA per month.

Co2 emissions: 56 to 175g/km

Sum up: Beware the options list.

* A note on Co2 figures: For almost all the cars in the Top 100, we’ve quoted the stricter WLTP figures for Co2 emissions. A few are still quoted on their older NEDC2 figure, and that’s the number they’ll be taxed on. If you’re confused at all, just consult your local dealer for specific data for the make and model in which you’re interested.