With apologies to The Wizard of Oz: ding, dong, diesel is dead. Or so we're being endlessly told, anyway, with diesel's market share now at a 17-year low. So what are we supposed to do? Thankfully, there is an answer, and it comes in the form of our old friend, petrol. We spent a week with a Volvo XC60 T5 to see how it fared.
We were always fans of the old Volvo XC60. That's not surprising when you consider it consistently found itself at the top of the premium SUV best sellers list. In fact, Volvo sold more XC60s in its last year of production than they had in any other year. Clearly, this new XC60 is a car Volvo can't afford to get wrong. So let me start by letting you in on a secret: they haven't.
Edward Cullen might seem an unlikely poster-boy for a Swedish car manufacturer, but it certainly worked well for Volvo. The twinkly-skinned vampire lead of the Twilight films started off with a rakish C30 before upgrading to an XC60 for New Moon. The Volvo XC60's job was to attract younger buyers. Hollywood tie-ins aside, has it worked?
Volvo has updated the S60, V60 and XC60 ranges with new exterior designs and an enhanced focus on quality and attention to detail, in what the company describes as the most extensive review of existing models
The Volvo XC60, with Volvo's unique Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), is one of only five cars to receive the highest rating in Euro NCAP's new assessment procedure for evaluating the degree of whiplash protection offered by passenger cars in rear-end collisions
Early in 2009, Volvo will launch a new Volvo XC60 model with front-wheel drive, an upgraded Euro 5-compliant 2.4-litre diesel engine with 175 hp, 420 Nm of torque and CO2 emissions of less than 170 g/km