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XC60 is set to woo buyersDriven Volvo XC60 D3 Drive SE - on sale nowBy Jeremy BennettIt's too early to say what the long-term impact of the Range Rover Evoque's headline grabbing, award-winning romp into the market is on the Volvo XC60. While the jury is out, Volvo is well prepared to mount a plucky defence. In the showroom, customers will be wooed away from German and homegrown competition with selling points focusing on the sporty, 'crossover' characteristics of a coupé mixed with high ground clearance, the widest boot opening in the segment, a world-first 'city safety' feature designed to help avoid frontal collisions at low speeds slowing the car automatically (the dashboard-mounted red warning light will scare the bejesus out of you the first time it goes off), and integrated child's booster cushions.So far, the confidence is paying off. Registrations are up 7.9% to 1,301 to the end of March, with the D5 AWD SE Lux the most popular model accounting for 11% of the sales. Our car was the lower spec, manual, as opposed to the Geartronic automatic models. The SE spec - falling between ES and SE Lux - gains rain sensors, rear park assist, power operated tailgate and electric folding door mirrors with ground lights, enhanced uphol­stery, Bluetooth hands-free kit, auto dimming rear view mirror and audio system with USB socket and eight speakers.With Geartronic you pay for the technology with sacrifices to economy and performance. Maximum speed and acceleration is reduced to 118mph and 10.9 seconds respectively and if you're a company car driver you will note the increase in CO2 emissions to 179g/km. So the percentage of P11D price goes up from 19 to 25.There are opportunities for dealers to upsell R-design to R-Design Lux. The R-Design Lux features include autofolding power door mirrors with ground lights, autodimming rear view mirror, a better sound audio system with Bluetooth, grocery bag holder, power folding rear headrests and a power adjustable driver's seat with memory for seat and exterior mirrors.  Exterior details include a rain sensor, rear park assist, active bending headlights and headlight cleaning system.Additional packs available include the new 'inscription' (for SE Lux models), which adds soft leather upholstery, driver and passenger electric lumbar support, front centre armrest in leather and contrasting stitching, unique door panels, inscription logo treadplates and 20" Avior alloy wheels. SpecificationPrice £29,750Engine 2.4-litre dieselPerformance 0-62mph 10.4 secs; top speed 121mphTransmission 6-sp manualEfficiency 49.6mpg, 149g/km CO2RV (3yr/30k) 45%Rivals Audi Q5, Range Rover XC60, Evoque, BMW X3, Land Rover Freelander

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