Since its introduction in the Australian market in early 2009, the Volvo XC60 has established itself as the go-to SUV for safety-focused Australians.

As a result, it’s currently Volvo’s best-selling vehicle.

Alex Forrest

The XC60 was also the first production vehicle in the Australian market to be available with autonomous braking when it launched here six years ago.

Nowadays, autonomous braking is continuing to become more widely available as the technology appears on increasingly affordable new vehicles like the Mazda2 and the Ford Focus.

Auto braking and a rear camera are standard equipment in the XC60, however our test vehicle was also equipped with the optional driver support pack ($5,000).

This brings extra features such as Queue Assist, which in heavy traffic, automatically adjusts the vehicle’s speed to match that of the vehicle in front.

The driver still has to steer the vehicle and be ready to take full control, but it’s technology like this which is taking us ever-closer to the reality of fully autonomous cars on WA roads.

The Driver Support Pack includes other tech such as Road Sign Information (RSI), which can see road side speed signs and alert the driver if they are speeding.

As part of the November 2014 update, the XC60’s interior was also revamped.

This included the addition of a new colour TFT screen in front of the driver, which houses the vital gauges such as the speedo and the fuel gauge, while there’s also a gauge indicating how much power you’re using.

This screen is also where, in vehicles where it fitted, you can see the speed zone you’re in and other information such as the status of the adaptive cruise control system.

In the XC60 there is a choice of four engines – two diesels and two petrols. The one we tried was the 2.0-litre turbo diesel, which comes in the entry-level XC60 D4.

It makes 133kW and 400Nm, which in a vehicle this size is acceptable but by no means is it a performance machine.

What really surprised was its fuel efficiency – we recorded 5.5L/100km around town.

Specifications 2015 Volvo XC60 D4

driveaway (as tested): $79,663 driveaway
Engine: 2.0-litre four cylinder turbo diesel
Power: 133kw @ 4,250rpm
Torque: 400Nm @ 1,750-2,500rpm
Claimed fuel economy: 4.9litres/100km
ANCAP Rating: 5 Stars
CO2 Emissions: 127g/km
This vehicle qualifies for RAC Less Emissions Mission rewards.