The holiday where we road tested a Volvo XC60 | mummypinkwellies

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The holiday where we road tested a Volvo XC60

#8220;In a Volvo XC60, tackle any path laid before you. Whether you#8217;re driving down Main Street or the bumpy side of a mountain, with the Volvo XC60 you#8217;ll be doing it in comfort and style.#8221;

As my recent posts might have suggested we went on a fantastic UK holiday a couple of weeks ago. We stayed near to Maldon in Essex. The whole holiday was just perfect.

Made even more so by the Volvo XC60 we had been loaned for the week.

I found my two favourite features of this car before we even left home. The power tailgate (or electric boot to you and I) was brilliant. Just a press of a button and it opens and closes. Brilliant.

My other favourite was the motorised drivers seat. It store up to 3 positions (it moved the back, the height, the tilt of the base of the seat, even the wing mirrors). This is a brilliant bonus when you have such different height and shape drivers as me and Daddypinkwellies.

One touch of a button and the seat was adjusted to each of our settings.

Now, anyone who knows me knows that I simply cannot pack light. It just doesn#8217;t happen. I like to plan for every eventuality so suitcases full of clothes for warm weather, wet weather, freezing weather were packed. Tonnes of toys and craft activities for rainy days. Littlebit#8217;s trike.

Daddypinkwellies golf clubs. A small library of books for me to read. Boxes of food that I had collected over the months to save us pennies once there. All of this had to fit in the car.

This was it#8217;s first test. Unfortunately it didn#8217;t pass this one. Though a very large boot, it just wasn#8217;t large enough. I am very strict when Littlebit is in the car. I won#8217;t pack above the window line in the boot and I don#8217;t like piling stuff up on the back seat next to her so it didn#8217;t stand much of a chance really.

It wasn#8217;t a very fair test though as we were taking an awful lot. The golf clubs and trike had to be sent over to Grandma and Grandad#8217;s to go in their car but we were good for the rest.

Littlebit was very comfortable in the back surrounded by her toys for entertainment on the 3.5 hour drive.

The car had it#8217;s second test the day after we arrived when we did the weeks shop for the 5 of us. It didn#8217;t even touch the sides!

It was a much larger car that I was anticipating. Daddypinkwellies is 6ft 5ins so you can see the height of it in this photo below, and against the in-laws Vauxhall Zafira below that.

Though large it actually drove like a much smaller car. It was incredibly easy to drive, though not as easy to park if I#8217;m honest. Thank goodness for front and rear parking sensors!

Though it feels like a smaller car you still have the height and all the added bonuses of a larger 4 x 4 in this car. On one journey we hit the causeway for Mersea Island at high tide. In a smaller car we wouldn#8217;t have dared cross, but we had no fears in the XC60. It handled the crossing just fine (and was a lot of fun!)

The safety features of the XC60 were good and bad. The model we borrowed had a #8220;Blind Spot Indicator System#8221;. A little red light by each of your wing mirrors that lights as something comes into your blind spot and if you#8217;re indicating to pull out and there#8217;s something in your blind spot it will flash.

I initially thought this would annoy me but it was quite subtle and actually really useful.

The #8220;Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake and Pedestrian Detection#8221; I#8217;m sure could come in handy if you miss someone braking ahead, or something runs out infront of your car. However I actually found it more of a hindrance. It went off a number of times, a great bright red flash right in your eye line (at the bottom of the windscreen on the front of the dash board) and none of those times was I about to hit anything.

I may have got slightly closer to a kerb than the car would have liked but I didn#8217;t hit a thing. So I wasn#8217;t mad keen on this feature. However, it can stop you from hitting something if your reactions aren#8217;t quite quick enough.

I also didn#8217;t like the #8220;Lane Departure Warning#8221;. This is an audible alarm that goes off if you cross a white line without indicating. Ok on the motorway maybe but not when driving around town when you are constantly meandering over the white lines to avoid parked cars.

The good thing is that all of these features are easy enough to turn on and off, either by buttons on the dash or through the settings menu for the car. All of these features gave me the impression that the car is designed for drivers who maybe aren#8217;t as alert a driver as I am? It always seemed to be warning me about something or other I was already aware of.

The #8220;Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist#8221; was great. You set your maximum speed and minimum distance from the car infront and the car does the rest. This would be even better in an automatic model as then all you#8217;d have to do is steer!

The car also has #8220;Road Sign Information#8221; so if you miss the speed limit on a particular road it is displayed on the dashboard anyway.

Daddypinkwellies favourite feature was the #8220;Active High Beam#8221;. A setting you can put your lights on which means it automatically dips and puts on your full beam at night. How it does this I do not know but it keeps the lights as bright as possible and just dims them out for the approaching car, or the car infront.

When I was trying to explain this to a friend the other day the other way I could describe it was that it#8217;s like there#8217;s a little man inside your headlights who holds up a piece of card the shape of the approaching car infront of your headlight so they#8217;re not blinded but so that the rest of the road is highlighted as much as possible. You can actually see a blacked out area as you drive. It#8217;s bizarre but everso clever.

The thing I miss about having a larger estate / MPV / 4#215;4 type car is the boot. The fact that it doesn#8217;t have a lip and you can use it to sit in to change your shoes, picnic in if it#8217;s raining, use the potty in (we did this ALOT) is brilliant for families.

It#8217;s great for those regular (for us) DIY store / furniture store runs too. You can fit a number of larger items in the boot no trouble.

There are lots of family friendly features too, including built in booster seats for older children. Brilliant idea and saves you lugging the booster seats in and out of cars, it simply just pops up out of the seat.

The multimedia system and Sat Nav were easy to use. Once hooked up to my iPhone it would automatically connect and I could play anything through my phone.

We also averaged 36mpg so it was much more economical than I was anticipating too.

At an on the road price starting from £30,735 it#8217;s not a cheap car (the model we were provided with was closer to £40,000 with all the extras) but I certainly wouldn#8217;t say no to owning one. It is a beautiful machine. Since giving it back I keep spotting them around and lusting after them.

There#8217;s a lot to love about this car. If you are after a crossover vehicle I would definitely recommend you take one for a test drive!

This is a review post. We were supplied with a Volvo XC60 for 10 days for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

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