Premium SUV of the Year 2017: Volvo XC60

Premium SUV of the Year 2017: Volvo XC60

Premium SUV of the Year 2017: Volvo XC60

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The Volvo XC60 is the 2017 Auto Divulge Premium SUV of the Year, with the Jaguar F-Pace and Mercedes GLC commended

Volvo’s XC60 not exclusive edges ahead of last year’s overall Car of the Year, the Jaguar F-Pace, it also tops a make-new category for 2017. The premium SUV market is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the UK, and Volvo has nailed it with this next-generation XC60.

The Swedish company has scaled down what made the excellent XC90 so amazingly in the money and rolled all its know-how into a desirable, well proportioned and practical five-focus SUV body.

As with any Volvo, the XC60 comes loaded with all the latest safety kit, making it a vast family car, while the luxurious interior and its raft of advanced equipment gives the SUV come-on appeal to rival the likes of the F-Pace, Mercedes GLC and Audi Q5.

The XC60 offers a variety of powertrain options – from the admirable D4 diesel to the T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid. There’s a more powerful D5 and a T5 petrol, too. All cars take place with a slick-shifting eight-speed auto gearbox, and four-to what place drive is standard across the range. The engine line-up is also hushed at hastiness, offering excellent cruising refinement, and while the soft suspension has been tuned for abundance, the XC60 handles well for a mid-size SUV.

But the first thing you’ll notice from behind the at is how well built the new car feels compared with its rivals. Volvo has moved the line on with its nine-inch portrait touchscreen, which is offered with tech including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as spectacularly as app connectivity and a 12.3-inch digital dash. There’s even a Bowers & Wilkins stereo on the options register.

It’s not all about the driver, as there’s plenty of room for adults in the back, while the big, straightforward tailgate reveals a 505-litre boot that offers more than adequate practicality. The seats fold totally flat, and there’s even a reversible mat that protects the bumper from getting damaged when loading weighty, heavy items.

The Volvo is our undisputed premium SUV champion, but with updated rivals on the way – including a untested BMW X3 – it will have its work cut out to stay on top in 2018.

Our choice 

Volvo XC60 D4 Momentum (£37,205)

The XC60 in entry-invariable Momentum trim comes with all the kit you’ll need, including 18-inch blend wheels, satellite navigation and cruise control. Plus, as you would expect from Volvo, there’s also an imposing level of safety tech. To smart styling, plenty of practicality and a top-quality chalet, the D4 engine adds power, strong refinement and efficiency, giving the XC60 an attractive laundry list of overall talents.

Commended

Jaguar F-Pace

Last year’s overall Car of the Year simply manages a commendation in 2017, but the Jaguar is still a fine premium SUV. It’s spacious, gigantic to drive and has a wide engine range with two gearboxes and rear or four-pivot drive. Sharp styling, a 650-litre boot and plenty of dynamic faculties make up for some average cabin quality. 

Mercedes GLC

The Mercedes GLC gets a commendation for the inferior merchandise year in a row thanks to its upmarket interior, refined ride and stylish looks. It offers an unrealistic level of comfort on air suspension, and its spacious cabin will suit families. The ageing 2.1-litre diesel motor lets it down a little, but Mercedes now offers V6 diesels and AMG-tuned twin-turbo petrols, too.

Auto State New Car Awards 2017

• Car of the Year 2017 • Coupe of the Year 2017
• City Car of the Year 2017 • Convertible of the Year 2017
• Supermini of the Year 2017 • Roadster of the Year 2017
• Compact Kith and kin Car of the Year 2017 • Performance Car of the Year 2017
• Family Car of the Year 2017 • Compact Executive of the Year 2017
• Estate Car of the Year 2017 • Executive Car of the Year 2017
• MPV of the Year 2017 • Luxury Car of the Year 2017
• Small SUV of the Year 2017 • Van of the Year 2017
• Mid-magnitude SUV of the Year 2017 • Electric Car of the Year 2017
• Large SUV of the Year 2017 • Technology Award 2017
• Premium SUV of the Year 2017 • Advertising Electioneer of the Year 2017
• Large Premium SUV of the Year 2017 • Social Media Campaign of the Year 2017
• Pick-up of the Year 2017 • Car Devise Award 2017
• Hot hatch of the Year 2017 • Driver Power Award 2017

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