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)
  • Mazda2 (2008)
  • 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.

This system is active between 60-140 km/h.

Volvo’s Blind Spot Indication System (BLIS) now uses Steer Assist functionality to reduce the risk of lane-changing collisions.

Pilot Assist, Volvo’s advanced semi-autonomous driver assistance system, which takes care of steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads up to 130 km/h, is available in the All-New XC60.

“I am pleased to see our company’s product investments paying off,” President and CEO of Volvo Cars, Håkan Samuelsson, said.

“We are up against some tough competition, but this award for the XC60 shows that Volvo has the right combination of design, connectivity and safety that appeals to customers across the world.”

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XC60 World Car of the Year

Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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