The Volvo XC60. Your friend for life.

The Volvo XC60 provides flexibility, reliability and safety in the form of a comfortable and capacious SUV. That makes it the ideal choice for Motability customers, says Tim Gibson

If you’re trying to decide on the best car to choose under the government’s Motability scheme, it can seem hard to weigh the options.

At heart, though, you’ll want a vehicle that offers practicality and reliability without any compromise on style.

That makes the Volvo XC60 a compelling proposition. It’s one of the most popular SUVs in the UK, thanks to sharp Scandinavian styling, class-leading safety and unparalleled levels of interior comfort.

Everything about this car oozes class, as even a cursory examination of its fit and finish confirms. The body panels sit snugly on the elegant exterior, giving an appearance that is by turns muscular and chunky without being unduly bulky.

Indeed, this speaks of one of the XC60’s strongest suits. Far from being a cumbersome off-roader, it’s a refined vehicle that is perfectly poised on the asphalt. But it has the elevated ride height of an SUV. And, in all-wheel drive form, it has the sort of go-anywhere ability that brings welcome reassurance when the going gets tricky, or if you want to venture off the beaten track.

More than that, the car benefits from a generous amount of space, meaning passengers have plenty of room to get comfortable. And the boot is large enough to accommodate all manner of items, including wheelchairs and pushchairs if the need arises.

With large door openings, the XC60 is easy to load with people and luggage. While the higher driving position affords an excellent view of the road ahead, the door sills are low enough to ensure that getting in and out of the car is made as simple as possible.

The XC60 is the kind of vehicle that makes long journeys a pleasure. That’s partly thanks to the seats, which Volvo designs in consultation with orthopaedic surgeons to guarantee their fitness for purpose. It’s also the result of a quiet and refined cabin that keeps road noise at bay, and a generous range of standard equipment, including sat nav, an mp3-compatible stereo, and climate control.

It helps that the car is effortless to drive, too, with light steering and powerful yet frugal engines. The innovative range of four-cylinder turbo-diesel Drive-E engines used on theXC60 has been pioneered to combine eye-catching performance, minimal carbon emissions and the best possible fuel economy. In consequence, running costs are kept well within reach.

By way of an example, consider the front-wheel drive SE Lux Nav Manual that’s fitted with the very latest 190hp D4 engine. This has an official fuel consumption figure of 62.8mpg on the combined cycle, and CO2 emissions of just 117g/km make it free to tax. But its 0-62mph acceleration time is a speedy 8.1 seconds, meaning this car is anything but a slouch on the open road.

From a driver’s point of view, that means there is no need to sacrifice pleasure behind the wheel for the sake of making a common-sense decision about your Motability car. With your mobility allowance being used to cover the monthly lease costs, you can enjoy cost-effective, family-friendly, motoring, in one of the most desirable cars on the road.

As you’d expect, the XC60 is also renowned for its safety credentials. Volvo’s famous iron mark brings peace of mind to motorists around the world, and the company aims that by 2020 no one will be killed or seriously injured while travelling in one of its new cars.

The XC60 is available with a range of safety equipment that will help Volvo to achieve its ambition as well as ensuring your loved ones are kept out of harm’s way. This includes City Safety, which works to prevent collisions in slow-moving traffic, and Blind Spot Information System, which lets you know if there’s an obstacle in your blind spot before you change lanes.

Active Cruise Control is also available, enabling you to maintain a constant distance from the car in front, regardless of the speed of travel. This makes motorway driving much less tiring, and helps you to be disciplined about stopping distances, without endlessly pressing the accelerator and brake pedal during long journeys.

Touches like these make the XC60 an ideal choice for Motability customers. Whatever your precise needs, this car enhances your life, without diminishing the fun you derive from driving. And it really is at home in any environment: an effortless cruiser, an accomplished city slicker, and a natural in the country.

All of which means that, wherever you live, and whatever adventures you wish to embark upon, the XC60 can truly become your perfect companion.
To find out more, contact your local Volvo dealership, or visit www.volvocars.co.uk/motability
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