Volvo offers four different trim levels for the XC60, starting with SE Nav and rising through SE Lux Nav, R-Design Nav and R-Design Lux Nav. The range kicks off with the sub-£33,000, front-wheel drive D4 manual and finishes with the D5 AWD at a whopping £39,000. All models are well-equipped, and it’s the D4 manual SE Nav that strikes the best balance at £34,215.

It’s a Volvo, so all variants of XC60 come loaded with safety equipment including front, side and curtain airbags as well as whiplash protecting seats. And in a bid to steer clear of the accident itself, every trim level benefits from ABS, Electronic brake-force distribution, ready alert brakes, electronic brake assist and traction and stability control.

Nic Cackett

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Those on the quest for economy should look towards the DRIVe

There’s even City Safety which brakes the car to a halt if it detects an impending impact at low speed. R-Design trim brings with it 18-inch alloy wheels, skidplates, matt silver mirrors and grille treatment and blue instrument dials for the cabin.

Those on the quest for economy and efficiency should look towards the DRIVe model. This front-wheel drive only model emits 149g/km, and more importantly can return 49.6mpg on the combined cycle. Opting for the same engine but with the six-speed Geartronic transmission means economy drops to 41.5mpg and emissions jump to 179g/km. And if you must have a petrol, then the 2.0-litre T5 is the one to have, thanks to reasonable 33.2mpg combined figure and 198g/km CO2 output.

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