28 March 2018

Volvo XC60 wins World Car of the Year 2018

The new Volvo XC60 midsize SUV has been named World Car of the Year 2018 at the New York Auto Show, writes Trish Whelan.

The World Car of the Year win is the first in this competition for Volvo Cars.

Volvo say the XC60 is one of the safest cars they have ever built.

It also scooped the prestigious North American Utility of the Year Award earlier this year while the XC40 small SUV was named European Car of the Year at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month.

In the XC60, Euro NCAP’s best overall performer in 2017, Volvo’s City Safety Autonomous Emergency Braking system has been enhanced with steering support for when automatic braking alone may not help avoid a potential collision. In addition, Oncoming Lane Mitigation with Steer Assist which helps mitigate head-on collisions and Blind Spot Information System with Steer Assist has been added to reduce the risk of lane-changing collisions. 

XC60 scored a near-perfect 98 per cent in the Adult Occupant category and in its Large Off-Road class showed a clear advantage in Safety Assist with a score of 95 per cent - 20 percentage points higher than the nearest Large Off-Road competitor. 

XC60 is available with a range of diesel and petrol engines as well as Volvo Cars’ award-winning T8 Twin Engine petrol plug-in hybrid at the top of the powertrain range, delivering 407hp and acceleration from 0-100km/h in 5.3 seconds.

In the same competition, the Audi A8 won the 2018 World Luxury Car title; BMW M5 took the 2018 World Performance Car; Range Rover Velar the 2018 World Car Design of the Year; Nissan's LEAF EV was awarded the World Green Car title while the Volkswagen Polo took the World Urban Car award.