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Car of the Week: XC60 D4 AWD Inscription auto Price: £48,480 (as tested)

IT IS easy to see why Volvo’s new XC60 scooped the coveted Best Large SUV award at this year’s Fleet World Honours.

The Volvo XC60 beat all-comers in this competitive market sector based on its blend of refinement, safety and technology.

Few car manufacturers have enjoyed such a renaissance as Volvo. It’s cars retain an enviable reputation for safety, but have adopted a genuine, upmarket edge that puts the company alongside some of the industry’s big-hitters.

Transformations like that don’t come easily, but Volvo has managed it through stunning design, market-leading technology and some of the best interiors in the business. You can add the XC60 Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) to that list of impressive vehicles.

There are a plethora of good engines which Google can update you on but you should know where it matters, on the road, the Volvo XC60 is comfortable, smooth ad quiet.

Inside, despite the XC60’s sleek out- line, Volvo hasn’t sacrificed practicality and there’s enough room for five people. Knee, shoulder and headroom are all plentiful in the front and back. The boot will take 505 litres of luggage.

Alex Grant, editor of Fleet World, said of the imposing Swedish offering: “Volvo’s XC60 is a reflection of how far the brand has come in recent years.

“A distinctly non-German take on the premium SUV, inside and out, the XC60 is quiet and luxurious over long distances and packed full of the latest connectivity, safety and plug-in technology for fleets.:

The Volvo XC60 offers class-leading technology, connectivity and safety.

Luxuriously equipped, even the entry-level Momentum variants enjoys leather-faced upholstery, a 9-inch touch screen control system, LED headlights with active high beam, two-zone climate control with ‘CleanZone’ air-filtration system, heated front seats, a powered tailgate and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The XC60 was recently named as Europe’s safest car in the latest Euro NCAP crash tests, and its advanced technology includes pedestrian and cyclist detection, fully automatic emergency braking and a system to aid steering around an object in an emergency.

Pilot Assist, a semi-autonomous driv- ing aid which helps keep the vehicle in its lane and at the desired speed on the motorway, is also available.

Having driven three Volvos in the last year or so, I can now confess that I am now a fully paid up member of their fan club!

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