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Volvo XC60: a good-looking, impressive model

One new SUV I was looking forward to testing was the latest Volvo XC60 – the XC60 first arrived in Europe in 2008, by 2015 it was Europe’s best-selling premium mid-sized SUV a title it still enjoys. Locally the XC60 represents 45 percent of Volvo Australia’s sales. 2017 wasn’t a good year for the local company with sales dipping 20 per cent so the XC60 is their most important model. The second generation model arrived last year in three models Momentum, Inscription and the more-sporty R-Design and a choice of five powertrains depending on model. I’ve just tested the 2.0-litre D5 twin-turbo diesel R-Design – $73,990 in eight-speed automatic with manual paddle shifters. This really is a good looker, a five seater with excellent room and well packaged with electric power steering, 21-inch alloy wheels, a full suite of safety and support electronics, 360 degree camera, full leather interior and an impressive 9-inch vertical colour touch screen. The XC60 sits in premium mid-sized segment with some impressive models – the Range Rover Discovery Sport is the big seller followed by the Mercedes-Benz GLC, BMW X3, Lexus NX, Audi Q5, Porsche Macan and Jaguar F-Pace.
However, this second generation Volvo XC60 has the where with all to do better against this opposition. The model mix is interesting however the twin-turbo diesel R-Design is a great driver with exceptional performance. The steering feels a high point – the touch screen too fussy and at times an annoyance. I’m David Berthon

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