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Our Fleet Test Drive: Volvo XC60 - 3rd Report

Date: 15 May 2009   |   Author: Tristan Young

Volvo's XC60 and XC70 models to gain a front-drive Driv-e eco version
Category: Small 4x4
P11D price: £28,785
Key rival: Audi Q5

If you're keeping up-to-date with our reports on the long-term Volvo XC60, you'll know we've not been able to improve the fuel economy much through gentle driving.

Our average is sitting at 32.1mpg.

We recently discovered there are two official tyre pressure settings. One of which is labelled 'eco'.

Having adjusted the pressures accordingly - i.e. pumped them to 39PSI - we've since used three tanks of fuel on mainly motorway driving. The average for those three fills was 34.3mpg, so a 7% improvement. Worth it, but not a great leap.

The question is then, why not just have this pressure as standard?

Volvo claims the increased tyre pressure means the only payoffs are a slightly harder ride and lighter steering. We've noticed the steering change and aren't fussed, but we have yet to feel any negative effect on ride comfort.

Volvo XC60 2.4 D5 SE Lux manual
Claimed combined
Our average consumption32.6mpg
P11D price£28,785
Model price range£24,250-£33,740
CO2 (tax) 199g/km (30%)
BIK 20/40% per month£143/£287
Service interval18,000mls
Insurancegroup 14
Boot space (min/max)495/1455 litres
Engine size/power2400cc/185PS
Top speed/0-62mph127mph/9.0secs
Why we’re running itVolvo’s new baby 4x4 is
the best in class and l
oaded with hi-tech kit
PositiveComfort, practicality,
safety kit
NegativeEarly fuel figures,
turbo lag