Volvo Is Premier League Player

Issue 46

Volvo can now be seen as one of the premium brand manufacturers. Their cars are loaded with safety kit, they are well equipped and all are comfortable and good to drive. There's a serious sense of quality throughout their product range.

Safety has always been a key word for Volvo. When they launched their latest XC60 about 18 months ago, it was instantly named bestperforming car in the prestigious Euro NCAP safety awards. In a nutshell it proved that the Volvo XC60 is not only one of the safest cars Volvo has ever produced, it is one of the safest cars currently available…anywhere.

The XC60 is a huge favourite amongst UK motorists. This new model will increase its number of fans. £38,470 gets you into an XC60. If you want 0-60 performance in just 5.5 seconds, go for the 2.0 litre T8 petrol hybrid model. Most buyers will opt for the excellent D4 or D5 diesels. Something like the D4 Inscription will still achieve a lively 0-60 in 8.8 seconds, but you’ll manage 52.3mpg. The D5 will reach almost 49mpg but complete the 0-60 dash in 7.2 seconds. These are impressive figures for what is a chunky car.

Every XC60 comes with all-wheel drive and all but the entry level models have an automatic gearbox. The all-wheel traction has a double bonus; it helps with traction when cornering in dry or wet conditions, and in the dreadful weather we’ve been having lately, it will be a boon for anyone living out in the sticks. It will also cross rough or boggy ground and happily haul a horsebox across a field or reverse a boat into a lake.

The XC60 is a handsome beast. It’s also roomy and extremely comfortable. Volvo don’t go down the firm suspension, sporty handling route. They prefer to err on the side of comfort. Bearing in mind that long distance, family cruising is the forté of the Volvo XC60, a cushy ride is important.

Gone are the days when you needed to dip into the extras booklet to get a decent level of equipment on a Volvo. Every XC60 comes with leather upholstery, heated seats, sat nav, air con and an incredible list of safety equipment to keep you, your passengers and pedestrians protected.

In a nutshell, the Volvo XC60 is safe, oozes quality, is stacked with standard equipment, and is comfy and good to drive. In fact, it’s premier league.

Mill Garages are the experts for Volvo across the North East of England. They also rank as one of the top Volvo dealers in the UK. The best idea is to go along to their dealerships in either Newcastle, Sunderland, Stockton or Harrogate and have a chat with the sales guys at Mill Volvo. They’ll be delighted to talk you through all of the XC60 details and offer you a test drive. They can also sort out any finance deals as well as discussing your various purchasing options.

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