More on my determination to get good fuel consumption figures out of XC60.

I’ve already written about the (approved) increase in tyre pressure, now the aircon has been turned off.

Early runs showed a marked jump from my previous best of 36.9mpg. So last week I went into full-on fuel-miser mode – no more than 65mph on the motorway, super-gentle throttle etc, and on my usual test route I got 41.8mpg, which is better than the official 37.7mpg average.

Even when I returned to 70mph cruise on the commute, the trip computer was still reading 39.0mpg.

Volvo XC60 2.4 D5 SE Lux manual
Mileage 9518
Claimed combined
Our average
P11D price £28,785
Model price range £24,250-£33,740
CO2 (tax) 199g/km (30%)
BIK 20/40% per month £143/£287
Service interval 18,000mls
Insurance group 14
Warranty 3yrs/60,000mls
Boot space (min/max) 495/1455 litres
Engine size/power 2400cc/185PS
Top speed/0-62mph 127mph/9.0secs
Why we’re running it Volvo’s new baby 4×4 is
the best in class and
loaded with hi-tech kit
Positive Comfort, practicality,
safety kit
Negative Delay in ‘instant’
mpg reading