Upmarket equipment - and prices - for Volvo's desirable new XC60 SUV

Volvo XC60

VOLVO has said that prices of its new XC60 SUV will start from £37,205 - almost exactly the same as Audi's latest Q5 and dearer than the outgoing car.

The entry point, for now at least, is a D4-engined XC60 with four-wheel-drive and Momentum trim.

With its scaled-down XC90 styling and Volvo cool, the XC60 is a highly desirable vehicle.

It is also well finished. Standard equipment includes one of Volvo's swanky touchscreens, satellite navigation, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a voice activation system, LED headlamps, 18-inch alloy wheels and a power-operated tailgate.

Every model at launch gets an eight-speed automatic gearbox and all-wheel-drive.

Engine options include a range of 2.0-litre diesels, badged D4 (187bhp) and D5 PowerPulse (232bhp), and a T5 petrol unit (251bhp). A T8 Twin Engine petrol-electric plug-in hybrid will be available later in the year.

Trim levels rise from Momentum to sporty R-Design and luxury Inscription. A more highly specified 'Pro' variant of each trim is available.

Safety advances - a traditional Volvo calling card - include 'city safety with steer assist', which provides steering assistance to help avoid low-speed collisions, and a semi-autonomous drive function called pilot assist.

Volvo Cars UK managing director Jon Wakefield said the company was "incredibly excited" about the new XC60.

"Not only does it bring all the style and advanced technology from our larger cars to our best-selling SUV, it is the latest step in Volvo's transformation," he said.

The XC60 is available to order now, with the first cars due to reach customers by the end of the summer.

Volvo is on a strong run of form at present; the large XC90 is superb, and the S90 and V90 saloon and estate duo bring a low-key sophistication to the executive car class.

A smaller SUV, the XC40, is due to be unveiled towards the end of the year.

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