The Volvo XC60 has been chosen as the overall winner of UK Car of the Year 2018, a mere month after it won Best Medium Crossover.

The XC60 was rewarded for its connectivity and infotainment system, the quality of its interior, its driving appeal and its advanced safety technology.

In the UK Car of the Year Awards, the best new models on sale in the country are scrutinised by a panel of 27 judges, made up of top motoring journalists from publications such as The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Telegraph, Top Gear, Auto Express, CAR, and

The Swedish SUV has a nine-inch touchscreen control system as standard, from which the driver can access important functions of the car, as well as their phone, using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

Volvo’s semi-autonomous Pilot Assist system is available across the XC60 range. It takes some of the strain out of driving by helping with braking, steering and accelerating, while also keeping a safe distance from the car in front.

Other useful autonomous features are Steer Assist, which automatically avoids potential collisions, and Oncoming Lane Mitigation, which keeps the car in-lane.

John Challen, editor and managing director of the UK Car of the Year Awards, said: “The XC60 being crowned UK Car of the Year 2018 is very well deserved, at a time when crossovers are becoming increasingly popular.

“Having been runner-up in 2016 with the XC90, it’s fantastic to see Volvo now claim the top spot with its smaller – but every bit as impressive – stablemate.”

Ian Lynas, another of the competition’s judges, commented: “Amid a sea of crossovers, the new Volvo XC60 has emerged a winner with its build quality, high level of technology and, above all, sheer driving joy.”

Jon Wakefield, managing director of Volvo Car UK, added: “Winning both the overall UK Car of the Year and Best Medium Crossover awards is a fantastic accolade for Volvo. The awards reflect the desirability and sophistication of the XC60.

“The XC60’s elegant Scandinavian design, cutting-edge technology and luxurious equipment levels have proved a big hit with customers, continuing the XC60’s success story in the UK.”

Tristan Shale-Hester


February 23, 2018