Volvo XC60 D4 Momentum

Three months ago, when pterodactyls filled the skies and all the world seemed new, I wrote a review of a Volvo XC60 with the T5 petrol engine. No, really, I did! Here it is. One of my comments, as you’ll remember if you read it, was that although it was a fine car in itself, it seemed to make less sense financially than a diesel XC60, even though unfortunate things that some people knew about diesel engines all along have only recently come to the attention of others. Avoiding political…

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Volvo XC60 T5 R-Design

Blue Volvo XC60 R-Design being pushed hard into a left-hand corner.

Since the very notion of diesel-fuelled vehicles has been called into question lately, what I’m about to write may seem very odd as little as five years from now, but here goes anyway: right now, in 2017, the most obvious choice if engine for a Volvo XC60 is one of the diesels. Mike Grundon gave an account of the new XC60 a couple of months ago, so for general information about the car I suggest you read his review. At that time, access to the T5 turbo petrol engine wasn’t…

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Volvo V90 Cross Country D4

Frontal close-up action shot of white Volvo V90 Cross Country.

Volvo was one of the first manufacturers to offer a type of car which, though still not common, is at least more popular than it was twenty years ago. In 1997 it launched the V70 XC, which was essentially its largest estate with four-wheel drive and enough extra body protection and ground clearance to make it a reasonable choice for off-roading. I don’t recall many of the cars I drove that year in much detail, but I do remember how impressed I was by the XC. The V90 Cross Country…

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Volvo V90 D4 Momentum

Volvo V90 D4 Momentum cornering at speed on a moorland road.

It was difficult to remember, as I drove the D4 Momentum, that this is the Volvo V90 in its most basic form, with the less powerful of the two engines currently available, the least impressive of three trim levels and an on-the-road price of under £35,000. If you had been in the car with me, I dare say you would have found this as unlikely as I did. The V90 is the second Volvo based on the Scalable Product Architecture platform, which was first used on the XC90 SUV and…

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Volvo V40 D2 R-Design Nav Plus

In the first half of 2016, Volvo introduced several changes to its small family car, the V40. The most noticeable of these was a revised front end featuring the “Thor’s Hammer” LED headlights first seen on the XC90 SUV and later on the S90 and V90. Less obvious was the update to the £450 optional On Call system, which provides more services than it used to if connected to your smartphone, tablet or watch. In most other ways the V40 is much the same as it was when Volvo introduced…

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Volvo XC90 D5 Momentum

Volvo XC90 Momentum parked in front of a modern building.

The first Volvo XC90 was already inspiring frantic public interest more than a year before its launch in 2002, and proved so popular thereafter that it was still selling well in 2014, even though the age of its design had long since become a source of concern. By that time Volvo was already well on its way to releasing the second-generation XC90, which has proved to be better in every important respect. It undoubtedly scores well for practicality. All UK-market versions have seven seats, four of them suitable for full-sized…

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