The Volvo XC60 Mk2 stands out for the restrained elegance of its design, both externally and within, in a busy sector of the car market. A Swedish company (though currently Chinese-owned), Volvo has embraced its home nation’s penchant for clean, modern design to give its mid-sized SUV a distinctive identity, vital when facing rivals of the quality of the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC.
Another point of differentiation for the Volvo XC60 Mk2 is the way it drives compared with its competition. Volvo has prioritised comfort and safety over a high-thrills driving experience – if you’re the sort of driver who appreciates a bit of fun behind the wheel this could mean the XC60 Mk2 is not the car for you, but for most people the Volvo performs with more than enough vigour to satisfy their needs.
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Of greater consequence to most owners is the fact that the XC60 Mk2 is spacious as well as stylish inside. Four adults can be accommodated with generous room for heads, knees and shoulders; a third, centrally seated, passenger in the rear may not mind gently rubbing shoulders with their companions, but a large hump in the floor (the transmission tunnel) means they have to sit uncomfortably with their legs astride.