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: Genuine premium feel with a luxury interior. 2.0-litre diesel engine is impressively quiet and smooth. Exellent ride comfort. Good value for money alongside the competition.
Bad: Limited engine range. Boot is deep but the opening not that large.
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. AWD gives steering more 'feel'.
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: Beautifully finished cabin. High level of standard equipment. Extremely impressive safety technology.
Bad: Smaller boot than rivals. Apple CarPlay a cost option.
Good: Very comfortable and refined. Makes 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: 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. T8 has tax advantages.
Bad: Gargantuan size can make parking a challenge. Petrol engine is pricier than the diesel. T8 hybrid only does 35-40mpg in normal driving. Complaints of recurrent software glitches.