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Volvo XC60 voted Best Premium SUV at the Auto Express New Car Awards 2017

The Volvo XC60 has been voted 'Best Premium SUV' at the Auto Express New Car Awards 2017.

The new XC60 gained praise for its interior quality, design, technology, spaciousness and comfort-oriented approach. The testers said the XC60 has "a level of safety, connectivity and autonomous technology that leads the sector" and that it "will be a very easy car to live with day-to-day".

Commenting on the award, Steve Fowler, Editor-in-chief of Auto Express, said: "Volvo has done it again with the XC60. The XC90 has been a serial winner at our Awards and now the XC60 wins at the first attempt. It's another super-stylish SUV from Volvo that offers a level of quality, comfort and technology that rivals can't – it really is the complete package."

This second generation car brings Volvo's latest elegant Scandinavian design to the mid-size SUV class. The XC60 also includes the ground-breaking Sensus touchscreen control system.

The XC60 is available with a range of powerful yet efficient engines, including the innovative T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid. Combining a petrol engine with an electric motor makes the XC60 is near-silent zero-emission city car one minute and a high-performance family SUV the next. With CO2 emissions of just 49 g/km, the T8 is also exceptionally tax-efficient.

Jon Wakefield, Managing Director of Volvo Car UK, said: "Winning the Auto Express 'Best Premium SUV' award is a fantastic testament to the quality and desirability of the new XC60. The XC60 brings all the style, sophistication and cutting-edge connectivity and safety features from our largest cars to our best-selling model, introducing the fruits of Volvo's transformation to even more owners."

The XC60 wasn't the only successful Volvo at the Auto Express Awards. The XC90 – a two-time winner of the 'Best Large SUV' award – was also highly commended in the 'Best Large Premium SUV' category this year, showcasing Volvo's expertise when it comes to SUVs.