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Our Fleet Test Drive: Volvo XC60 - 2nd Report

Date: 28 April 2009   |   Author: Tristan Young

AT Manheim
Category: Small 4x4
P11D price: £26,485
Key rival: Audi Q5

It's only been six weeks since we last wrote about our Volvo XC60, but in that time the mileage has leapt nearly 3000 miles to 4057.

The XC60 is now doing what Volvos do best - carrying stuff long distances in perfect comfort, including BusinessCar awards to winners in Coventry (Manheim), Birmingham (Autolease), and Luton (Vauxhall) and a disassembled kids' climbing frame following an intensive Ebay session.

After our first 1000 miles running the car in our early impressions were that the 2.4 diesel was still tight. But now we're well past that the engine feels freer revving, although there is still a noticeable amount of turbo lag that can make nipping into gaps on a roundabout a less than smooth affair.

The one thing that's not changed much about the engine's performance is the fuel consumption. On the one hand the average fuel figure is pretty close to the official 37.7mpg at 32.1mpg, nut on the other hand, no matter how we drive (either 'enthusiastically' or in full eco-mindset) we can't get below 30mpg or much above 34mpg.

However, having recently checked the tyre pressures for the first time (I know we should have looked earlier), I discovered there are regular and 'Eco' pressure settings, so I've adjusted them to eco to see if it makes a difference.

We'll report back in another few weeks.

Volvo XC60 D5 SE manual
Claimed combined
Our average consumption32.1mpg
P11D price£26,485
Model price range£24,250-£33,740
CO2 (tax) 199g/km/30%
BIK 20/40% per month£132/£264
Service interval18,000mls
Insurancegroup 14
Boot space (min/max)495/1455 litres
Engine size/power2400cc/185PS
Top speed/0-60mph127mph/9.0secs
Why we’re running itBest in small 4x4
class, City Safety
PositiveComfort, simple seat
folding, safety kit
NegativeEarly fuel figures,
turbo lag