Well, the list is long - but I have come up with an answer.
First in my garage line-up, would be the Range Rover, because it’s still the best 4X4 on the market. Second would be a Fiat Panda 4X4 - basically because it’s cute. And last but not least would be a Volvo XC60. The first two are really good yes, but the XC60 is brilliant, plus Volvo XC60 is just about the safest car you will ever come across.
Let’s see how it faired in my quick fire road test?
My test car was fitted with the 181BHP 2.0-litre diesel engine; its gutsy performance along with a good 8.0 second 0-60mph figure is more than enough to keep you happy. As will the fantastic stop-start technology, that will help you return a healthy 62.8mpg combined, and CO2 emissions of 117g/km. I think you will agree that that’s amazing!
On the outside:
The XC60 a very desirable car indeed, which is not only built well - it’s also a very nice car to look at. The XC60’s chunky looks, also adds to the uniqueness of this car, which is why I happen to like the XC60 very much, along with its bigger brother the XC90, which is also a fantastic car.
Plush, and very well set out. As you would expect the XC60 is really spacious and comfortable, plus the combination of leather-faced upholstery, electronic climate control, integrated satellite navigation system, high performance multimedia audio system with DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) radio is designed to complement the existing high level of specification whichever variant you choose.
On the road
The XC60 delivers the goods, because it’s poised and has minimal body roll for such a big car. To be honest, it acts more like a Range Rover Sport. I felt like Volvo had given it a dam good make over, with its sharper handling and a sportier feel. There is no doubt in my mind, that this car is underpinned by an excellent chassis. Well done Volvo.
The XC60 also has an absurdly long list of safety features available depending on what model you choose. The XC60 was also fitted with one of the world's most advanced stability control systems – the high-tech DSTC (Dynamic Stability and Traction Control) - reduces the likelihood of skids. In addition to this, there is Volvo’s blind-spot information system that uses sensors mounted below each door mirror to detect vehicles creeping alongside the car. When a vehicle is detected, a warning light is displayed to alert you not to change lanes.
So, to sum up, the XC60 is stylish - well-equipped and a spacious sports utility vehicle – plus it’s very safe indeed. That’s the thing with a Volvo; they really do major on safety and the needs of people with families. Let's hope that the XC60’s sleek safety features also continue to find itself onto some of Volvo’s future models.
5 stars for Volvo, it’s just plain brilliant.
Model: Volvo XC60 D4 SE FWD
Engine: 2000cc In-line 4 cyl., turbo diesel
Max Torque: 400Nm
Combined mpg: 62.8
0 – 60mph: 8.0 sec
Top Speed: 130 Mph
Transmission: 6 speed manual
Price: 32,460 By Anthony yates