Our 2022 Volvo XC60 Review

By Libby Foster
Our 2022 Volvo XC60 Review

Fancy leasing a Volvo XC60?

The Volvo XC60 large SUV is one of several vehicles that have altered the public's perception of the Swedish manufacturer in recent years. Not long ago, Volvo was regarded as the old-fashioned, reasonably priced, estate-focused substitute to the luxury German trio of Audi, BMW, and Mercedes. With its revamped collection, it's not just knocking at the door of that exclusive gang, it's making its statement.

The XC60’s greatest challenge is competing against the other manufacturer's premium ambitions. Is the Volvo XC60 up to the task? Let’s find out together.

Volvo XC60 Drive

Volvo has included battery assistance in all XC60 engines, with a 'B' designation for mild-hybrid models. There is only one diesel option, the B4, which has 194bhp and four-wheel drive. While it won't exactly crush you back in your seat, it has plenty of mid-rev oomph for a relaxed pace and is ideal for private buyers. The 0-62mph acceleration time of 8.3 seconds is slightly slower than that of the Audi Q5 40 TDI but slightly faster than that of the Land Rover Discovery Sport D200.

The petrol engine lineup begins with the 194bhp front-wheel-drive B4. If you live in a wetter part of the country, you may want to consider the 247bhp B5, which comes standard with four-wheel drive for better traction in bad weather. It's also quite quick, with a 0-62mph time of 6.9 seconds.

Following that are the two plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) classified as 'Recharge.' The first is the T6, a driver-friendly company car with 345bhp and a 0-62mph time of fewer than six seconds. The XC60 Pro T8 has 449 bhp, making it a remarkably quick vehicle. More notably, the electric motor has enough tenacity to propel you to highway speeds without the use of the engine. In terms of range, both the T6 and T8 have an official electric-only range of around 48 miles, which is longer than the BMW X3 xDrive 30 e's 30 miles but about the same as the Lexus NX 450h+'s.

Volvo XC60 Interior 

When you're driving the Volvo XC60, you're looking down on other drivers. That's a big part of the appeal of high-riding SUVs for many people, and the Land Rover Discovery Sport puts you even higher up. The driving position of the XC60 is excellent, thanks to ample adjustment in the steering wheel and an extremely comfortable and supportive driver's seat.

The standard digital devices are clear, and centre console buttons are kept to the bare minimum for a tidy and straightforward appearance. The only issue with this level of simplicity is that the majority of the functions are incorporated within the infotainment touchscreen. The XC60's large 9.0in touchscreen is placed on the dashboard in portrait orientation rather than landscape, with a convenient button at the bottom (similar to an iPad). Because it is a touchscreen, you must prod icons, some of which are quite small. That means you have to consider taking your eyes off the road and poking at its small icons, even to quickly change the interior temperature.

Volvo XC60 Space 

Even if you're very tall, you'll have no trouble fitting in the front, as befits such a large vehicle. The front seats slide back a long way to allow for people with particularly long legs, and there's plenty of headroom. Although the Land Rover Discovery Sport is larger, Volvo's preference for light-coloured interiors gives the appearance of even more space than there is. The back seat of the XC60 is quite spacious. A Discovery Sport may have an extra cm here and there, but very tall people will applaud the extra knee room over an Audi Q5. 

To keep personal belongings out of sight, there's a deep bin underneath the centre armrest and a cubby by the gear lever with a sliding cover. The door compartments are easily large enough to hold a one-litre bottle of water each. Because of the location of the battery, plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models have shallower storage areas in the centre console and under the front armrest. This is another area where the XC60 falls short of the class leader but is far from bad. It has 483 litres of storage space, which is about 10% less than the Q5, NX, or BMW X3, and the boot is quite shallow.


Inside, the Volvo XC60 looks and feels classy, and it's also spacious and well-equipped. In short, it's an excellent choice. However, the Audi Q5 is a better all-arounder, while the BMW X3 and Porsche Macan are more enjoyable to drive. If you're still unsure of which car to choose, why not read our Volkswagon ID5 review? We have also reviewed the Volvo XC40, so why not take a read here?

At MWVC, we provide a range of Volvo XC60 SUV car leasing offers to suit every driver's requirements for finding the ideal vehicle for themselves or their business. So, whether you're looking to lease a car for business use or personal use, our knowledgeable sales team can assist you in finding the greatest price. Are you still confused if a car lease is the best option for you? One of our representatives will be pleased to assist you if you call 0116 490 4113.

Follow us on Instagram to stay up to date with all our latest offers.

*All pricing is correct at the time of publishing