Volvo XC60 D4 Momentum

Three months ago, when pterodactyls filled the skies and all the world seemed new, I wrote a review of a Volvo XC60 with the T5 petrol engine. No, really, I did! Here it is. One of my comments, as you’ll remember if you read it, was that although it was a fine car in itself, it seemed to make less sense financially than a diesel XC60, even though unfortunate things that some people knew about diesel engines all along have only recently come to the attention of others. Avoiding political…

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Volvo XC60 T5 R-Design

Blue Volvo XC60 R-Design being pushed hard into a left-hand corner.

Since the very notion of diesel-fuelled vehicles has been called into question lately, what I’m about to write may seem very odd as little as five years from now, but here goes anyway: right now, in 2017, the most obvious choice if engine for a Volvo XC60 is one of the diesels. Mike Grundon gave an account of the new XC60 a couple of months ago, so for general information about the car I suggest you read his review. At that time, access to the T5 turbo petrol engine wasn’t…

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Volvo XC60

UK-registered Volvo XC60 being driven over Snake Pass in the Peak District.

The concept of Scandinavian design is now so ubiquitous that it’s become a bit of a clich√©. But if your understanding of the idea is a combination of clean and simple lines, underpinned by solid and innovative technology, then the new Volvo XC60 has it by the hink-load. It’s an elegant, well-planted, four-wheel drive, five-seat SUV which is one rung down the ladder from the high and mighty XC90. This is the second-generation XC60 and it’s a couple of inches longer and a substantial nine inches wider than the model…

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