When Volvo introduced its first SUV in 2002 (the seven-seat XC90), the car proved a smash hit. The brand couldn’t make them quickly enough, so it was inevitable that for an encore a smaller, more affordable SUV would follow; and sure enough, that model arrived in 2008.
The XC60 was engineered to typical Volvo standards and came packed with cutting-edge safety tech, so was another big success for the Swedish company.
We’ve always liked the car in isolation, but the compact SUV market features some very talented choices, some of which put the Volvo in the shade. Still, as an overall package, the XC60 remains hugely likeable, and a worthy used buy.