Positioned alongside rivals such as the BMW X3, the Volvo XC60 is essentially a stylish and comfortable, upmarket SUV. Fresh to the market in 2008, the XC60 was face lifted just last year and most recently saw the addition of a frugal diesel derivative that’s bound to sky rocket it’s appeal for car leasing customers, in particular those looking for an economical company car in the form of an SUV.

There’s no denying the fact that the XC60 is a great looking car. It’s a clear attention seeker and somewhat masculine in form. From the high waste line to the slopped roof, the car is perfectly proportioned which is undoubtedly the secret to its desirable physique.

Of course, exterior appearance isn’t all that counts. The interior is arguably just as important and as you’d expect, the XC60 delivers here too. It’s essentially a large and airy space, and thanks to the aforementioned facelift gets Volvo’s impressive TFT instrument display. Meanwhile, the cabin benefits from the Swedish manufacturer’s trade mark floating centre console. There’s also a whole bunch of cleverly conceived and exceptionally user friendly climate controls backed up by on screen graphics.

volvo4On to the seats which are notably comfy, something that is pretty much guaranteed with a modern day Volvo. In addition the cabin features a number of soft touch materials which look great, but also add to the comfy feel.

Storage wise there’s a whole host of cleverly thought out internal compartments, but also a boot capacity of 655 when filled to the brim, that equates to ample room for work gear, shopping or even a couple of large suitcases. However, if you require even more space, the rear seats can be levelled, this increases boot capacity to 1455.

The XC60 is available in a choice of two or four-wheel drive, but also as an eight-speed automatic or six-speed manual. In addition to those options there’s a whole bunch of engines to choose from, the most economical of which is the D4 2.0-litre, it kicks out 179bhp and manages a massive 62.8 miles to the gallon and chucks out just 117g/km of CO2. However, be warned, adding the four wheel drive package sky rockets CO2 emissions to 139g/km, while the range per gallon of fuel reduces to just 53.3 miles.

Volvo1Aside from performance, comfort, economy and affordability, another important consideration is on the road safety. It’s something that Volvo has been at the forefront over for longer than I care to remember. For a start, entry level examples get as many as five cutting-edge electronic braking aids along with dual-stage airbags, traction control and hill descent control. On top of that there’s a nifty inflatable side impact curtain.

The Swedish manufacturer’s City Safety technology also comes fitted as standard. It works by automatically applying the vehicle’s brakes in the vent of a collision, but only works when the XC60 is travelling at speeds of 19mph or lower.

volvo2With all this in mind it’s hardly surprising that the XC60 has proved to be a popular choice with car leasing customers, I’d even go as far as to suggest that it is a better offering than that of the BMW X3, something that’s contrary to many other reviews. Adding to the plus points is the fact that it can be picked up on a range of spectacularly affordable car lease deals.