The vast majority of XC60s sold in the UK come with a diesel engine under the bonnet – Volvo's T5 petrol only accounting for a few percent of UK annual sales.

That leaves three different diesel engines to choose from, starting with the 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit found in the front-wheel drive DRIVe models. Focusing on economy, the lack of heavy four-wheel drive system allows this 188bhp unit to sprint from 0-62mph in 10.3 seconds. There is also a five-cylinder version of the 2.4-litre oilburner which can only be had with Volvo's all-wheel drive system and surprisingly prodcuing the same output.

Matt Prior

Matt Prior

Road test editor
The D5 engine emits more of a grumble than a rattle, and the note is curiously pleasing when pushing on

Topping the range is a 2.4-litre five cylinder producing 218bhp, with all the extra weight of the AWD system it’s actually one tenth of a second slower from 0-62mph when fitted with a manual gearbox – the six-speed Geartronic taking 10.9 seconds to complete the benchmark. It’s a decent automatic box, but the Powershift unit mated to the 2.0-litre turbocharged T5 engine swaps cogs quicker and smoother.

But if it's performance married to economy that floats your boat, the most powerful D5 diesel is for you, dispensing with the 0-62mph sprint in only 8.4 seconds and carrying on to 130mph. Best of all there is no penalty in terms of emissions or economy for this extra oomph either.

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However, the D5 isn’t the newest of engines, and neither is it the quietest in the class – though the five-cylinder emits more of a grumble than a rattle, and the note is curiously pleasing when pushing on.

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