Which cars are built similar to Volvos

It's amazing that a relatively small automaker is setting the tone in the premium SUV segment - at least in Europe. In the middle class, the Volvo XC60 has been leading the registration statistics for years, showing German competitors such as Mercedes GLC, Audi Q5 and BMW X3 the taillights. The SUV also broke all records internally. "No Volvo model has sold as often as the XC60 in just under nine years," says Volvo boss HÃ¥kan Samuelsson.

When the first generation is discontinued at the Ghent plant this August, the production figure will just close to the one million mark. How can that be? Do the others build worse SUVs? Not at all. In terms of interior quality, the XC60 fell significantly short of an Audi Q5, for example. The Swedes, however, managed an attractive combination of good design and restrained presence. An XC60 never looks bragging, but it is definitely stylish.

This legacy occurs in an even more pronounced form for the successors. Its design will hit competitors from Germany just as hard as the V90 station wagon in the business class. The XC60 is an eye-catcher, the proportions are right, the car looks pleasing without a trace of aggressiveness. Volvo's chief stylist Thomas Ingenlath calls it "Scandinavian design".

Just after the Geneva world premiere in March, Volvo noticed how well it was received by the public. Since then, the dealers have been piling up incoming orders. But everything has two sides. At the headquarters in Gothenburg, precautions are already being taken to keep delivery times as short as possible so as not to annoy customers. "Anyone who decides to buy today will have to wait until the end of the year for delivery," says Sales Director Anders Gustafsson. "This is why we are all banned from buying and selling cars until further notice."

The eco version costs almost 70,000 euros

Technically, the XC60 shares the platform (called "Scalable Product Architecture") with the large SUV XC90 and the sedans S90, V90 and V90 Cross Country. As a result, the same drives are used. All engines, diesel and gasoline, are modular, have a displacement of two liters and four cylinders. At the market launch in July, the customer has the choice between the well-known D4 and D5 diesel with 190 and 235 hp or the T5 or T6 petrol engine with 254 or 320 hp.

The alternative is called the T8 Twin Engine, a plug-in hybrid version that is also available on the XC90. It has 407 hp system output, 640 Newton meters of torque and (theoretically) 45 kilometers of electric range. However, Volvo can reimburse the eco-variant with at least 69,270 euros. It costs over 20,000 euros more than the entry-level D4 diesel for 48,050 euros. A little later this year there will also be a weaker diesel variant with manual transmission and front-wheel drive.