Pure-diesel, company car-focused models like the XC60 D4 are looking increasingly niche these days, but Volvo’s option looks a clever one. It could save choosers money over rivals from BMW and Audi, while still bringing strong enough performance, an appealing cabin and comfortable cruising ability.
In many respects this feels like a car that time is passing by – but that shouldn’t mean that it won’t find customers in the here and now.
Remember the days when the go-to fuel type for a family SUV was diesel? They’ve been and gone, we’re told – not least by Volvo, which says it won’t launch any new purely combustion-engined cars at all after this year. Yet here is the new Volvo XC60 D4, a slightly old-school, company car tax-friendly offering that the company is sneaking into its schedule just before it goes all electrified.
Of course, this car doesn’t really deserve to be called old-fashioned, because the diesel engine under its bonnet is the company’s latest offering, equipped with the sort of Euro 6 technology that means it’s emitting less harmful NOx than many petrol cars. It’s a 2.0-litre four-cylinder twin-turbocharged motor, with 188bhp and 400Nm of torque.