Volvo XC60 SE
SE is the entry level trim, but is by no means basic. It gets you climate control, auto-folding wing mirrors, a Bluetooth hands-free kit and DAB digital radio. The XC60 is quite a big car, so standard rear parking sensors are a welcome addition and the power-closing boot lid means you don’t have to worry about closing the heavy rear door.
Volvo XC60 SE Lux
Choosing SE Lux trim brings the bonus of leather seats, which up the feeling of luxury in the cabin and are electrically adjustable for the driver. On the outside, you’ll also find powerful Xenon headlights complete with an Active Bending function (to help illuminate corners in the road) and powerful washers. The 18-inch alloy wheels (up from the basic model’s 17-inches) are also better proportioned to the XC60’s large dimensions.
Volvo XC60 R-Design
R-Design trim is to Volvo what M Sport is to BMW and S line to Audi – basically it’s a sports pack that adds visual appeal to the car’s exterior and interior. The 18-inch Ixion alloy wheels (unique to R-Design models) are polished with black highlights, while the door mirrors are matt silver and the rear bumper has an aero-dynamic-style diffuser. The car’s sports suspension not only gives it a more ground-hugging stance, but also cuts down on lean in the corners. Inside, there’s metal trim, sports seats and an R-Design steering wheel that’s smarter looking than the standard item.
Overall, the Volvo XC60 is a very good car and well worth a look. It’s well built, usefully practical, has plenty of safety kit and is quite nice to drive. However, some rivals offer a better compromise between ride and handling, and some newer rivals (such as theAudi Q3 and Range Rover Evoque) make the Volvo feel a little outdated despite its recent facelift.
It’s not the outright best in its class, but the Volvo XC60 has plenty of positive attributes, and is a worthy choice if you want a quirky yet sensible and comfortable alternative to its more mainstream rivals.