Volvo Reviews

The Swedish carmaker is traditionally known for its quality, durability and innovation in safety. Ford sold the company to the Chinese Geely automotive group in 2010. It continues to build a range of luxury models comprising of hatches, sedans and wagons, and SUVs. The models include the V40 hatch and Cross Country, the S60 and S80 sedans, the V60 wagon, high-riding all-wheel drive XC70 wagon, and XC60 and XC90 SUVs. Most have petrol and diesel engine options.

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A tiny Swedish flag pokes out of the front seat stitching on every new Volvo XC90 -- even though the brand is owned by Chinese car giant Geely. It's one of the ways Volvo is reclaiming its identity, even though it has been owned by foreign firms for the better part of two decades. Volvo was bought by US car maker Ford in 1999 and, faced with mounting losses, was sold to the Chinese in...Read more
The XC90 is Volvo's entry in the top-end SUV race , a race in which it is pitted against the likes of the BMX X5 , Mercedes-Benz ML and Audi Q7 . NEW It arrived here in 2003 and has become a top-selling model for the Swedish carmaker, accounting for a large slice of the company's business in Australia. Apart from some minor facelifts and a few specification changes it remains little unchanged in the...Read more
The first thing to do as you slide into the driver's seat of Volvo's V40 D4 Luxury is set a theme for the instrument panel. The five-door's adaptive digital display is customisable, with three themes from which to choose: Eco, Elegance and Performance. We select Performance mode primarily because it inserts a big, easy to read digital speedo bang in the middle of the instrument panel. FEATURES Other deft touches include speed recognition, showing the...Read more
This is a Swedish car with a distinctly Ocker accent. The Volvo S60 Polestar has had Australian input from the very start, and not just because of the company's involvement in V8 Supercar racing. Australia is the test and development market for Polestar and now its hero car is heading out to the rest of the world after two earlier efforts to ensure it is just right for the likes of Japan, Britain and the...Read more
Volvo's first ultra fuel efficient 'DRIVEe' cars were fairly spartan affairs. Not so with the latest XC60 , a mid-sized crossover that boasts the outstanding fuel consumption figure of 4.2 litres/100km. We were prepared for the worst but found the XC60 as pleasant as it is fuel efficient as we headed south on the October long weekend. VALUE Priced from $59,890 our test vehicle the XC60 D4 Kinetic is just $2000 more than the entry...Read more
The name Volvo doesn't normally end up in the same sentence as a fast car. The brand that built its reputation on safety is known for its practical designs. But when you do too good a job at being responsible it can start to feel a bit boring after a while. Which is why the Swedish car maker that gave the world the three-point seatbelt -- and hasn't charged one cent for any other brand...Read more
We turn the spotlight on the car world's newest and brightest stars as we ask the questions to which you want the answers. But there's only one question that really needs answering would you buy one? What is it? This is Volvo’s new efficiency optimised S60 performance model, now with a 2.0-litre four cylinder engine. All new Volvo Drive-E cars will have four cylinders including the big SUVs. Yep XC90 too . The Drive-E program...Read more
Volvo is a curious company, capable of backing a V8 Supercar race program in Australia but also building plug-in electric cars in Sweden. Book A Test Drive > Request an eBrochure > Find Latest Offers> Safety, of course, is bedrock for the brand. Design, also, is more than just straight black lines on a white background these days. Thank goodness. In fact, the Volvo V40 T5 is the favourite car of my partner Ali. She...Read more
The Volvo S80 is the model that changed the image of the Swedish car company back in the dying years of the 20th century. Once seen as the company that built safe and square, but unexciting machines, Volvo is nowadays regarded as a style leader and it was the big S80 sedan that led the way. The Volvo S80 has attractive looks that are very much in the 'simple but effective' Swedish manner, particularly in...Read more
The S60's worst enemy is probably Volvo's own XC60 off road wagon . That's because it's only $3000 more and offers the same level of equipment with added utility. One thing is for sure -- Volvo's lineup is looking a lot healthier these days with plenty of attractive options. VALUE The diesel is priced from $55,990 for the entry level Kinetic, or $60,990 for the more upmarket Luxury model. Leather and climate air are standard,...Read more
Volvo's V40 hatch was a long time in gestation but it was worth the wait. A biggish hatch the V40 replaces the funky four-seat C30 and the rather staid S40 sedan and wagon . VALUE Prices for the V40 kick off at $34,990 for the D2 Kinetic, a 1.6-litre manual turbo diesel. Our test car the top of the line D4 Luxury diesel is priced from $45,990 and is available only with an auto. For...Read more