The Volvo XC60 was conceptualized in 2007, with its design features including a glass roof, a more prominent Volvo logo that would include the signature “V”, a new version of the grille, 20 inch wheels, and an electronic boot lid. The first generation of the XC60 was released in 2008, with its introduction into the European market done in the third quarter of the same year. In terms of features, the XC60 has similarities to the Land Rover Freelander and the Volvo Y20.
In terms of safety, the Volvo XC60 boasts of a side impact protection system, dynamic stability, inflatable airbags, collision warning, brake support, roll stability control, and patented structures on the rear, front, and sides. The XC60’s main danger-free feature is its City Safety, a driver support system that aims to prevent any vehicle collisions that run at 30 kilometers per hour. These features have not gone unnoticed, as the EuroNCAP gave the XC60 five stars for its adult occupant protection. It also received a total of 37 points from the same evaluation body, with points being given for its pole test and seat belt reminders. Other cars that shared the same amount of safety points were the Renault Megane and Nissan Qashqai.