Volvo Road Tests

Those nice people at Volvo are only planning on selling 5,000 C30s in 2007. They’d better make some more.
Fri, 03 Nov 2006
I wasn’t a fan of the old Volvo C70 convertible. It shook, shimmied, leaked through the door mirror housings and did not drive anything like as well as its styling promised.
Tue, 06 Jun 2006
It’s not often I get to test a new car and it turns out to exceed all expectations. Okay, just about anything would have been better than the old Mitsubishi Carisma based Volvo S40. And the Mazda 3 had already given a foretaste of what to expect in the chassis department. If the new Volvo S40 had been just a little bit better than the Mazda 3 it would have been fine.
Sat, 01 Nov 2003
Volvo's new S60 saloon is a slightly shorter S80 with sportier suspension and a more rakish look about it.
Wed, 22 Nov 2000
Technobabble alert. To pitch its 300bhp S60 and V70 Type Rs against Audi’s 340bhp S4, BMW’s 343bhp M3, Mercedes 354bhp C32 AMG and Mercedes forthcoming 371bhp C55AMG, Volvo had to come up with a better way of getting its power to the road.
Thu, 10 Jul 2003
The Volvo S60, V70 and XC70 have all been around for 5 years now, so Volvo thought it was time to refresh them.
Fri, 18 Jun 2004
It used to be called ‘Carriage Trade’. Now ‘Private Hire’. Those Middle Eastern guys in sharp suits, sunglasses and E220 CDIs who show up to take you to a TV studio. I wondered what they would think of the new Volvo S80 D5.
Tue, 12 Dec 2006
In being called out to Monaco to test drive the Volvo S80 D5 205, it seemed only yesterday that I had last test-drove a Volvo S80.
Sun, 22 Mar 2009
Volvo's executive saloon gets the low CO2 treatment, with emissions under 120g/km. But does that compromise performance?
Mon, 01 Aug 2011
It may not be a real 4x4 model, but don't let that put you off - the beefy looking V40 Cross Country is polished, comfortable and pleasant to drive.
Tue, 05 Feb 2013
The new V40 hatchback is a premium hatch that Volvo hopes will offer something different to the competition thanks to its Scandinavian design.
Thu, 12 Jul 2012
Here I look at the new Ford/PSA 2.0 litre diesel version of the Volvo V50, which is anticipated to account for 50% of V50 sales, and the All Wheel Drive 220bhp Volvo V50 T5, which arrives later in the year.
Sun, 22 Feb 2004
Don't want an SUV? The Volvo V60 Cross Country is a beefed-up 4x4 estate that feels like it could tackle anything.
Fri, 01 Mar 2019
The jacked-up Volvo S60 and V60 Cross Country models do not all have four wheel drive. We tested the version that does.
Fri, 31 Jul 2015
Is the pumped-up, pseudo-offroad version of the V60 worth £5000 more than a Skoda Octavia Scout?
Tue, 15 Mar 2016
HJ drives petrol and diesel versions of the all new Volvo V60 and finds himself preferring the diesel.
Thu, 24 May 2018
HJ gets his hands on the first of Volvo's all-new family of 2.0 litre Drive-E engines that are set to power the carmaker into a greener, more economical future.
Tue, 28 Jan 2014
Volvo's V60 Plug-In Hybrid has emissions of just 48g/km coupled with refinement, quality and luxury. But is the steep £45,000 price tag justified?
Thu, 04 Apr 2013
After a five year flirtation with high-performance concepts, Volvo has finally broken its hot hatch taboo and created the V60 Polestar.
Tue, 13 May 2014
Have a crash in a new Volvo 2007 V70 and your chances of stepping out intact are better than in any other station wagon.
Thu, 21 Jun 2007
More than 20 years since the introduction of the first Cross Country badged V70, Volvo has renewed its outdoorsy credentials with the launch of the V90 Cross Country.
Fri, 10 Feb 2017
Volvo can't claim to have invented the estate but over the last sixty years it's certainly championed them more than most.
Fri, 01 Jul 2016
It doesn’t feel like the XC40 is trying to keep up with its rivals – instead Volvo is doing things its own way.
Mon, 27 Nov 2017
The Volvo XC40 T3 Momentum 2WD manual is the cheapest XC40. We wanted to find out how it compares to the most expensive XC40 T5 Inscription 4WD automatic tested here. And, of course, to other SUVs in the £25,000 - £30,000 price bracket.
Mon, 29 Oct 2018
The Volvo XC40 T5 is so exceptionally pleasant it’s easy to understand why it was voted European Car of the Year. Now and again, a car comes together exactly right and, to Volvo’s credit, that it what it has done with the XC40. Quiet, easy to get on with, a doddle to drive, yet capable of rocketing to 60mph in 6.2 seconds, without requiring Saudi Arabia’s oil reserves to run. I saw up to 35.4mpg on V-Power and even averaged 34.64 over 911 miles including the fuel it came filled with.
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
Guest Test of 2008 Volvo XVC60 by Chris Rees. Video by Honest John.
Mon, 29 Sep 2008
The Volvo XC40 B4 Inscription is just one electrified model with which Volvo intends to continue disrupting the new car market. And it’s a strategy that is working. Volvo’s UK sales this year are already 27% up on the same period last year, against a general fall of 3%. Buy a Volvo these days and you’re backing a winner.
Wed, 18 Sep 2019
The new 2017 Volvo XC60 is big and bold, but is it good enough to match its German SUV rivals?
Mon, 22 May 2017
There are lots of jacked-up, Jeep-like 4x4s that carry their passengers half a metre higher, and cannot quite manage to defy gravitational forces on corners. And now there is the Volvo XC90, which is essentially a jacked-up estate car.
Sat, 17 Aug 2002
It’s nearly 4 years since the Volvo XC90 was launched. You can see my original test way back at Volvo XC90 2002 Road Test.
Thu, 08 Jun 2006
It's been a long time coming but the new XC90 has been well worth the wait.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015
Will the Volvo XC90 T8 really do 134.8mpg combined? HJ drives one 621 miles to find out.
Mon, 22 Feb 2016

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