Good: Good to drive. Packed with safety kit including ‘City Safety’ as standard. Geartronic start/stop. New 2.0 Volvo D4 diesel from 2014 under 100g/km CO2.
Bad: Decent handling comes at the expense of ride at times. CO2 emissions were only average for this class of car until new Volvo diesel arrived in 2014.
Good: Very comfortable seats and excellent ride quality. Feels like a solid and well made car.
Bad: Lags behind the competition when it comes to handling. Smaller engines lack refinement.
Good: Very comfortable and refined with excellent ride. High quality interior. New 2.0 litre Volvo D4 DriveE engine extremely smooth and economical.
Bad: Steering could do with more weight. Choosing an automatic means big drops in economy and increases in CO2.
Good: Clever safety systems. Impressive direct injected petrol engines. Comfortable seats. New 2.0 Volvo D4 diesel from 2014 under 100g/km CO2.
Bad: Artificial steering feel. Ride struggles on rough surfaces. Not a load carrier like traditional Volvo estates. Five cylinder engines dropped from late 2013.
Good: Big and practical estate. Perfect for families. Good cabin quality. Plenty of safety kit as standard.
Bad: Lacks the refinement of its German rivals. Steering feels overpowered. Ride tends to be bumpy at low speeds.
Good: Very comfortable and refined. Makes for a good long distance car. Stylish cabin. R Design models look sporty. Low emissions DRIVe versions available.
Bad: D5 diesel starting to feel dated. Geartronic automatic can be sluggish. Handling more SUV than sportscar.
Good: Smart-looking estate with more off-road ability than the previous XC70. Comfortable, safe and practical.
Bad: Mediocre to drive and arguably not as good looking as its predecessor.
Good: Incredibly refined and quiet on the move. High quality cabin with room for seven. Well equipped as standard. D5 is smooth yet punchy with good economy.
Bad: Cheaper D4 front-wheel drive model not arriving until 2016.