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Volvo has been in the car-making business for 92 years now. The company is best known for handsomely contributing to the safety aspects in a car. In fact, the three-point seatbelt that is used in every single car built today was invented by Volvo. The Swedish automaker has all the traits and features in all its cars that would make them best-sellers, but it still lags behind for some reason. The design philosophy can be considered as the culprit too. While I’m a fan of the Scandinavian look, some folks find it too edgy and sharp for their liking. The company has potent powertrains in its lineups, but they are appreciated much, perhaps because of their unorthodox specifications. Even in butch SUVs, Volvo offers tiny 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engines. People who live by ‘no replacement for displacement’ don’t even give these cars a second look. Volvo has also been subject to a lot of collaborations and different owners over the years and is currently owned by China’s Geely Holding Group. Nevertheless, Volvo cars are splendid machines that not just great to drive, but are also filled to the brim with features and gadgets to die for.

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2023 Volvo XC60 Recharge - Performance, Price and Photos

2023 Volvo XC60 Recharge - Performance, Price and Photos

With 455 horsepower and 35 miles of all-electric range, the sleek 2023 XC60 Recharge is an outstanding Scandinavian package that you can’t ignore

If there’s one mainstream legacy automaker, that showcased its commitment toward electrification early on, it’s got to be Volvo.The Swedish automaker aims to go all-electric by 2030. Compared to other brands, Volvo took the plunge back in 2018 and it today has more vehicles in its portfolio with some sort of hybridization. It introduced the Recharge line, made up of models with either a plugin hybrid or battery-electric powertrains.

As part of a mid-cycle refresh for 2022, Volvo has made some significant changes to its most popular model, the XC60. The plug-in hybrid XC60 Recharge packs a more competent iteration of the T8 powerplant that now offers more range and better performance. The XC60 competes in the highly competitive mid-size luxury SUV/crossover segment where buyers have a lot of choices, but with this latest refresh, the plugin Hybrid XC60 Recharge has an edge over the competition. Here’s how.

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2022 2022 Volvo C40 Recharge: A Great EV But Not Perfect

2022 2022 Volvo C40 Recharge: A Great EV But Not Perfect

Are You Ready for Your First EV?

Perhaps more than any other legacy brand, Volvo has been the most intentional about their transition to an all-electric lineup; slating 2030 as the goal line. Currently, plug-in hybrids dominate Volvo’s offerings, but they do have a couple of pure EVs right now: the XC40 Recharge and this C40 Recharge, both of which can only be purchased online.

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2022 Volvo XC60 - Performance, Price and Photos

2022 Volvo XC60 - Performance, Price and Photos

All-new hybrid powertrains along with some minor tweaks and on-board tech updates keep the best-seller Swedish SUV in the game

We all know that cars lose consumer interest over time. After all, competitors will do everything to always stay ahead of the curve. However, in the case of the Volvo XC60, it appears that the sales figures have only improved over time, as it is the Swedish brand’s best-selling vehicle. Can you believe that the second-generation XC60 has been around since 2018?

Now, Volvo has finally decided to give it a much-needed mid-cycle update. While it may initially seem that not much has changed, Volvo has refreshed the engine lineup with all trims now coming with some form of hybridization out of the box. Volvo has also updated the infotainment system, which is now Android-based, and the automaker’s legendary safety suit has also received updates.

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The Best Electric Family Cars for 2022

The Best Electric Family Cars for 2022

If you’re in the market for an electric family car, then this is the list you need to check out

As of 2022, it’s safe to say that EVs are mainstream. With all major mass-market automakers offering multiple EVs in their portfolio, it is confusing to choose one. EVs, with their convenience and refinement, make for great family runabouts if the range isn’t a major concern, but, with a whole range of EVs to choose from, the decision-making process is getting increasingly difficult. So, here is a list of 10 EVs that we think should be on your list if you are on the lookout for an electric family car.

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2023 Volvo C40 Recharge Review: The Sportier Electric Alternative to the XC40

2023 Volvo C40 Recharge Review: The Sportier Electric Alternative to the XC40

Test-driving the Volvo C40 Recharge Twin left us pleasantly surprised

Volvo, like other manufacturers, is hard at work electrifying its entire lineup. While Polestar (Volvo’s ex-tuner) is considered to be the EV arm of the Swedish brand, Volvo is churning out fully-electric versions of its own models. The first Volvo-badged EV is the XC40 Recharge, which is still being sold with a variety of internal-combustion engines. However, its sportier sibling, the Volvo C40 Recharge is the brand’s first EV-only model, and we recently got a chance to spend some time with the twin-motor variant.

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Rendering: This Volvo All-Terrain Taxi Can Literally Take You Anywhere

Rendering: This Volvo All-Terrain Taxi Can Literally Take You Anywhere

This rendering brings to life a Volvo taxi that can take you anywhere you want to go

The world of digital renderings is quite fun, isn’t it? Without the limitations of safety and emissions regulations, the economics of scale, or even market demands, you are literally free to create whatever you want. This Volvo All-Terrain Taxi is one of those vehicles that the Swedish luxury automaker will never create, but it’s still a digital recreation that’s worthy of exploration.

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The Best Cars Under $35,000

The Best Cars Under $35,000

Here’s a list of the 10 best cars that you can buy for under $35,000

If you are in the market for a new car, there are plenty of options available today. The price bracket doesn’t matter, because you have multiple offerings right from $20,000 to one million dollars, and even beyond that. The only difference is that the options are a lot more when you’re in the mass market segment, especially under $35,000. There’s no denying that the higher the choices, the more it can confuse a person. So, to help sort things for you to a certain extent, we’ve come up with a list of the 10 best cars under $35,000 that you can buy in 2022, and it includes vehicles ranging from crossovers to sedans to SUVs, and even cars from premium marques.

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P1800 Cyan: When You Want to Pay Ferrari and Lamborghini Money for a Volvo

P1800 Cyan: When You Want to Pay Ferrari and Lamborghini Money for a Volvo

The P1800 Cyan is coming to the U.S. but you probably won’t like how much it costs

Cyan Racing unveiled the resto-mod Volvo P1800 back in 2020, and in Europe, it was available to order shortly thereafter. Two years later, Cyan is also bringing the P1800 to the U.S. market. It will be presented to both media and the public in Los Angeles at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering on August 9. The only problem is that the Cyan P1800 won’t be cheap. On the British market, it is priced at £379,000 (about $476,000 at the current exchange rates), but for the U.S. market, prices will start from an eye-watering $700,000!

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The Volvo C40 Recharge Becomes The Most Efficient EV Of The Swedish Brand

The Volvo C40 Recharge Becomes The Most Efficient EV Of The Swedish Brand

The Volvo C40 Recharge becomes the fastest Swedish EV to cover the 621-mile challenge

Volvo, like other manufacturers, has entered the EV market. While Polestar was supposed to be the EV sub-brand, we already have two electric models with the Volvo badge – the XC40 Recharge and the C40 Recharge. It is the latter of these two that Bjørn Nyland, a YouTuber with a focus on EVs, recently took on a 1,000 km (621-mile) trip, to see how fast the new Swedish coupe can cover the distance. The end result was a pleasant surprise.

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2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge

2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge

The Volvo XC40 Recharge is the all-electric version of the funky, compact SUV from Sweden, and it’s much better than you think

Volvo, like many other carmakers, has taken steps towards a fully-electric lineup. While this mostly refers to Polestar – Volvo’s sub-brand – since January 2021, the first EV with a Volvo badge is a fact. The 2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge is an all-electric take on the funky, compact SUV (CUV), and there’s a lot to like about it.

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2022 Volvo XC40

2022 Volvo XC40

For a starting price of $34,000, this Scandinavian compact SUV comes fully outfitted, making it a worthy competitor to the X2, Q3, and GLA

As the entry-level Volvo SUV, the XC40 is an attractive and lively vehicle for the price. It’s still in its first generation, which debuted in 2019, but it’s a family-friendly small SUV with appealing looks, powerful performance, and plenty of tech. So, how does it stack up against the more popular German competitors?

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2022 Volvo S60 Black Edition

2022 Volvo S60 Black Edition

A few high gloss black elements make all the difference!

The third-generation S60 went into production in late 2018, and it is the first Volvo model manufactured in the United States. The model is offered in Momentum, Inscription and R-Design trim levels, but there are also plug-in hybrid and hybrid versions.

Now, the lineup will also receive a new limited edition called the Volvo S60 Black Edition. There will be only 450 examples offered and prices will start under $40,000. For the sake of comparison, the 2022 Volvo S60 starts at $39,250 for the B5 FWD Momentum model.

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What is the Cheapest Volvo?

The XC40 is the cheapest offering from Volvo. It does not follow Volvo’s design philosophy as much as the other products do. That does not mean it’s bad-looking, but it does feel a little out of place. Not a good view if you are looking to associate yourself with the ‘Volvo’ feels. This compact SUV starts from $33,700. Although the interior is well-laid out and has most of the creature comforts, look away if you are planning to seat more than four people in your vehicle. It is also the first car sold through the company’s subscription plan.

What is the Sportiest Volvo?

Now, this is a tough call, but going with the driving dynamics and the likes, it is the Volvo S60. The sedan’s strongest points are its ride and handling, and the butter-smooth drivetrains. The only fly in the ointment is the steering. It does not feel dead, but it lacks feedback, which is not confidence-inspiring at high speeds. The base S60 trims come with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine that churns out 250 horses and 258 pound-feet of torque. The top trim is offered with the same mill found in the XC90 as well – a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder supercharged engine that makes 400 ponies and 472 pound-feet of twist.

What is the Most Popular Volvo?

As is the market trend right now, sedans are not doing well, and Volvo is going through the same struggle. Its bigger SUVs, the XC60 and the XC90, are doing pretty well. The XC60 was the most popular vehicle as Volvo managed to move 32,425 examples in 2018. It beat the XC90 by a narrow margin of fewer than 1,000 examples. Overall, Volvo sold almost 100,000 vehicles in 2018, out of which the XC60 and XC90 accounted for almost 64 percent of the sales.

What is the Most Expensive Volvo?

On paper, the Volvo V90 has a higher starting price - $51,500. But if you are looking at the top-of-the-line trims, it is the XC90. The top trim of this magnificent SUV breaches the six-digit mark. This SUV defines Scandinavian looks, and if you are a sucker for understated looks, this SUV will win your heart. While it comes with all bells and whistles, and tech-heads will feel at home, the enthusiast driver in you will be disappointed. For $105,000 before taxes, the XC90 does not justify its price.

What is the Fastest Volvo?

Well, the fastest cars from are the Polestar-badged Volvos. The 2017 S60 Polestar takes just 4.4 seconds to hit the 60 mph figure from a standstill. But, if you are looking at pure Volvo cars, then it’s the XC90 T8 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Although this trim comes with a puny 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine, it can sprint to 60 mph from naught in 5.3 seconds, thanks to the supercharger. It tops out at 130 mph, and that’s when you miss the extra punch from the engine. As for the power figures, it makes 400 horses and 472 pound-feet of torque.

Are Volvo Cars Reliable?

Considering that Volvos are considered well-built, safe cars, they are not as reliable as you would think. Repair Pal ranks them 19th out of 32 automakers. This rating is not a good sight if you are planning to buy a Volvo. But if you are not looking to go extreme with your vehicle, a Volvo is not that hard to maintain. The average annual repair is also slightly on the higher side, but that will be for the mid-tier and top-tier Volvo vehicles. For the likes of XC40, the repair costs will be comparatively lower.