Does it make sense to buy an older version over the brand new one?
Volvo must have been quietly amazed at the constant success of its XC60. The SUV just kept on selling as the years passed. Ten years passed and they still hadn’t fully revamped it. Yet in that year, its final year, it actually sold more than ever. But eventually Volvo stopped being amazed and launched the brand new XC60, new doyen of the school run in leafy suburbs.
The new version is fabulous, but also quite a lot of money. So what about a relatively new one? Would that make more sense? The basic numbers seem to make a lot of sense – new, £32,865; nearly new (2017) – £24,500. So a saving of about £8000 for a mileage of only 8000 plus. Depreciation of a pound a mile might make some blink, but that someone was someone else, not you.
We picked up a D4 SE Nav, so that means it has the 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine making 187bhp. The car came well equipped, including options such as park assist front and back, a rear-view camera and rear tinted glass. Not only that, but buying through Volvo West London meant the car had a thorough check as part of Volvo Selekt, which is created to make buying and running your car as painless as can be.
Integrated booster seats, breakdown assistance, and more
The list goes on. There’s the Driver Support Pack, which adds AEB, collision warnings and more. Then there’s the Family Pack so you get integrated booster seats for the rear. And, not even finally, there’s the Winter Pack with heated front seats and screen.
That’s all jolly fine, but it doesn’t end there. The car attracts the On Call app, so you can do useful things like get the car defrosted before you get into it. There’s also breakdown assistance that can see exactly where you are, and the system will contact the operational centre on your behalf if it thinks you’ve been involved in a major shunt. It will then send an emergency vehicle to where it thinks you’ve crashed. Let’s hope it’s right.
The vehicle is simply chock-full of devices aimed at keeping driver and occupants happy, relaxed and safe. Much of it all happens automatically, although the driver does still need to actually drive the thing. And that involves changing gear since we’ve got a six-speed manual for a change. It’s good, if a touch on the slow side, a bit like the steering.
We’ll have to see how we get on, we and the systems, but for now it’s looking very promising, and it feels great to get all this for such a hefty discount, while the vehicle itself still feels and even smells so new.