Volvo’s XC60 has been named World Car of the Year for 2018.
A panel of 82 automotive journalists from 24 countries around the world voted for the winner.
The XC60 was selected from an overall field of 34 vehicles, which were culled to 10 before just three finalists were announced in Geneva earlier this month.
Each of the journalists on the panel typically drives and evaluates new vehicles on a regular basis as part of their work.
Through their respective outlets they collectively reach an audience of multiple millions world‐wide.
Previous winners of the prestigious award include:
Jaguar F‐PACE (2017)
Mazda MX‐5 (2016)
Mercedes‐Benz C‐Class (2015)
Audi A3 (2014)
Volkswagen Golf (2013)
Volkswagen Up! (2012)
Nissan Leaf (2011)
Volkswagen Polo (2010)
Volkswagen Golf (2009)
Lexus LS460 (2007)
BMW 3‐Series (2006)
Audi A6 (2005)
Priced from $59,990 to $92,990 for T8 Twin Engine Plug-in Hybrid, the XC60 is one of the safest cars on the road and best overall performer in Euro NCAP safety tests last year.
In Australia the mid-sized SUV has been awarded the highest scores to date in the areas of Adult Occupant Protection and Safety Assist.
Steer Assist has been added to the ground-breaking City Safety autonomous braking system.
A new safety system called Oncoming Lane Mitigation uses steer assist to help mitigate head-on collisions.
The system works by alerting a driver who has unwittingly wandered out of a driving lane by providing automatic steering assistance, guiding them back into their own lane and out of the path of any oncoming vehicle.