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The Top Gear car review:Volvo XC60
Running costs and reliability
It’s not cheap, and there’s no bare-bones low-CO2 FWD version. It’s all 4WD and auto transmission and rich safety and infotainment equipment. That said, the cost ratings are competitive.
The D4’s official-cycle economy, as well as price, is bang-on with the rivals. That means the 133g/km CO2-based company-car tax is in the exact neighbourhood of the corresponding Q5 and GLC. Insurance is a little higher than some, but not a killer. It looks like strong residuals and cheaper servicing will help keep the overall costs below rivals, especially if you do big mileages.
The case for the D5 gets weaker when you realise you can have a Jaguar F-Pace V6 diesel (a bigger faster car) for very similar running costs.
You might succumb to intensely tempting tax savings of the 49g/km T8 plug-in hybrid. But first, think hard about how you use your car. If you drive an urban commute and can get a plug-point at home or work, it could provide huge fuel savings as well as scoring just nine per cent BIK against the D5’s 30 per cent.
But on long trips you’ll soon have flattened the battery and be running on the thirsty twin-charged petrol engine. Then you’ll notice it has a smaller 50-litre fuel tank than the rest of the range, so you’ll be filling it often. Still, 407bhp and 5.3sec 0-62 eh? Not to be sniffed at.