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Volvo XC60 Recharge hybrid reliability & safety

The Volvo XC60 Recharge combines dependability of regular XC60 with Volvo’s traditional focus on safety. Crash protection is impressive

Volvo XC60
Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Reliability & safety rating

4.5 out of 5

Price
£52,425 - £62,475
Fuel Type:
Hybrid Petrol
Euro NCAPAdult protection ratingChild protection ratingSafety assist rating
5 stars (2019)98%97%95%

Safety and reliability have traditionally been Volvo strengths and the XC60 doesn't disappoint here.

Volvo XC60 Recharge hybrid reliability & problems

Volvo is a relatively strong performer in the annual Driver Power owner satisfaction survey. In 2020 the brand finished 10th overall, but the XC60 itself achieved a strong 30th-place finish out of 75 cars. A higher-than-average 22.4% of owners reported a fault with their car, however. 

As for the hybrid system, this setup is used by many models in Volvo's range and in the three years they’ve been on sale we’ve not heard any reports of failure. Of course, that eight-year warranty protects you if anything should go wrong with this part of the car, too.

Safety

The XC60 comes as standard with plenty of safety technology, including autonomous braking with pedestrian, cyclist and large animal detection, collision warning, a system that'll help you swerve to avoid oncoming traffic if you stray into the other lane, a system that prepares the car for a crash if it senses it runs off the road, plenty of airbags and whiplash protection for the seats.

This was enough to earn the XC60 five stars in its Euro NCAP crash test, but you can also upgrade the safety systems with the £1,500 IntelliSafe Pro package. This adds adaptive cruise control with semi-autonomous lane guidance, blind-spot warnings, cross-traffic alert and autonomous braking for when you’re in reverse.

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