Volvo

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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2021 Volvo S90

2021 Volvo S90

Volvo’s flagship sedan is due for a refresh that’s slated to arrive next year

The Volvo S90 is scheduled to receive a mid-cycle revamp that’s expected to debut in 2020 for the 2021 model year. Once Volvo finally applies the finishing touches on the facelifted model, the S90 will feature mainly visual changes on the outside, but the Swedish firm might also tweak the sedan’s infotainment system to keep up with its rivals, and it may even introduce the mild-hybrid powertrain brought by the freshly-revised XC90.

A big question mark for now is how (and if) the S90’s interior will change. Volvo’s prowess for nicely laid out cabins that are also comfortable and high-quality suggests the carmaker won’t fiddle too much with an already perfect recipe.

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2020 Volvo XC40 Recharge

2020 Volvo XC40 Recharge

Volvo’s first-ever fully electric car

Mazda has the MX-30. Volkswagen has the ID.3, and the ID.4 is almost done brewing. Porsche has the Taycan. Mercedes-Benz has the EQC and Audi the e-tron. BMW had the i3 and is now cooking the i4, while Jaguar relies on the I-Pace, so Volvo couldn’t just sit around and watch the competition get ahead. So there it is, the Swedish carmaker’s first-ever electric car, which opens the avenue for a downfall of EVs grouped under the Recharge moniker. Ladies and gents, let’s meet the new Volvo XC40 Recharge.

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2020 Volvo V90

2020 Volvo V90

The Swedish automaker is playing it safe by carrying over the same classic design with very few changes under the hood

Even though they are arguably the most practical vehicles you can buy, wagons were never really considered to be an enthusiast’s first choice. Things are so bad in the States that automakers started retracting their wagons from here and focused on the European markets instead, where they were greeted with open arms. However, times are changing now. Volvo has been renovating the 90 series, and now it’s the V90’s turn. The current V90 is already about three years old and it has started to look dated (blame the Cross Country models to an extent for this). The new V90 does not look radically different from the current model, but the automaker did hide the subtle changes it brings in on the bumpers and fog lamps.

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2020 Volvo XC90

2020 Volvo XC90

Volvo’s range-topping model now features an energy recovery system and a six-seat layout

The 2020 Volvo XC90 is an updated version of the second-generation SUV. Unveiled in 2019, it features a mild exterior upgrade and adds new technology inside the cabin. The Swedish SUV carries over with the same engines, but it now includes an energy recovery braking system that enhances fuel economy. Additional safety equipment rounds out the XC90’s mid-cycle facelift, which keeps the crossover competitive against vehicles like the BMW X3 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class.

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Volvo Raises the Bar for Safety, Limits All New Cars from 2020 Onward to 112 MPH

Volvo Raises the Bar for Safety, Limits All New Cars from 2020 Onward to 112 MPH

It sure will have polarizing opinions, but it’s good to see Volvo sticking to its core beliefs and principles

At a time where automakers are feeding their cars with supplements to give them more power and higher top speeds, there is this Swedish angel who cares about peoples safety instead of competing in the rat-race to see who builds a faster car. Volvo recently announced that it will be limiting the top speed on all of its models to 112 mph from the 2021 model year. Will this affect Volvo’s sales?

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2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country

2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country

A well-rounded Scandinavian package that may cannibalize into the sales of other Volvo products

Wagons are the most practical vehicles one can buy today. They amalgamate the practicality of an SUV and the ride and handling of a sedan. Although they lacked the star-power and the glamorous looks until five years back, things have changed. A lot of mainstream automakers have started making these long vehicles look sexy. One such company that deserves credit for making a wagon look so desirable is Volvo. The Scandinavian company has gone a step ahead by mixing a crossover and a wagon into one beautiful product called the Volvo V60 Cross Country.

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Volvo to Offer Driver-Focus Cameras - Does the Concept Threaten Our Privacy?

Volvo to Offer Driver-Focus Cameras - Does the Concept Threaten Our Privacy?

Will they save your lives or rat you out?

Volvo has decided to offer a driver-facing camera in its cars within the next one year, citing it as a safety feature. With privacy being a real issue these days and AI intruding the personal space, is this a wise move? Also, how are the introverts and camera-conscious people supposed to drive with camera staring at their face at the all time?

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Volvo and Google Come Together to Create an Android-Based Infotainment OS for Cars

Volvo and Google Come Together to Create an Android-Based Infotainment OS for Cars

No new Volvos in sight at the L.A. Auto Show as connectivity takes center stage

The big news from Volvo’s booth at this year’s L.A. Auto Show isn’t about any new models, because there aren’t any. In fact, the automaker didn’t bring a single car. Instead, Volvo’s emphasis was placed on a new Android-based operating system that is currently being co-developed with Google, and it could eventually be seen spreading throughout the Geely-owned family of marques.

Technology is paramount for Swedish automaker Volvo, this much we’ve known for years. But Volvo took it one step further by using the L.A. Auto Show as a place to talk about its future technologies, not about a futuristic concept car or a world premiere of sorts. We don’t really know too much about the new infotainment system that’s in the works but judging by the alliance involved; it should be impressive once ready.

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The L.A. Auto Show is Going to Be Packed and Some Genius Decided to Keep Volvo's Stand Empty

The L.A. Auto Show is Going to Be Packed and Some Genius Decided to Keep Volvo’s Stand Empty

It’s technically not empty, but there won’t be any cars in it

Volvo will be in attendance at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, except that it won’t bring in any car — concept or production — with it. Instead, the Swedish automaker is renting premium space at the event to show…nothing. Ok, that’s not entirely true, either. Volvo will have its own booth at the show, but the booth is described as a showcase to show the automaker’s “vision,” specifically in “redefining what a car can be.” In other words, Volvo’s booth at the L.A. Auto Show will consist of a number of areas that talk about the company’s future services and a giant sculpture in the middle with the message: This Is Not a Car.

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The Three Million Mile Man Takes His Last Ride To Heaven

The Three Million Mile Man Takes His Last Ride To Heaven

Irv Gordon had covered more than three million miles in his Volvo P1800S before his death

The owner of the famous three million mile Volvo P1800S, Irv Gordon, has passed away aged 77, during his trip to China. This news comes courtesy of sources in the American Volvo community. Gordon holds the Guinness World Record for highest mileage count for a single production car ever and became famous in the classic car circle for accomplishing this feat in his invincible Volvo P1800S.

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Uber Moves to Resume Autonomous Testing on Public Roads

Uber Moves to Resume Autonomous Testing on Public Roads

But will the public move on from the deadly accident in March?

Uber wants to resume testing of its autonomous vehicle systems eight months after a Volvo SUV, part of the Uber test program struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona. Now, Uber wants to kick off testing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and hopes to regain public trust.

Back in March, a Volvo XC90 SUV equipped with Uber’s self-driving systems hit a pedestrian who was crossing a street at night in Tempe, Arizona. Although the person was hit away from a crosswalk, Arizona officials quickly suspended Uber’s permits that allowed it to test the new technology on public roads in the aftermath of the incident.

Now, Uber has released a detailed safety report to showcase the lengths it will go to to ensure that future testing of the autonomous technology will be carried out safely. The company stated that it carefully analyzed what went wrong and that it has improved the onboard systems and now wants to resume testing in Pennsylvania.

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2019 BMW X7 vs 2019 Volvo XC90

2019 BMW X7 vs 2019 Volvo XC90

Two new SUVs from two established brands compete for segment bragging rights

The BMW X7’s arrival adds another worthy challenger to what is becoming a crowded mid-size luxury SUV market. The X7 joins other established models like the Mercedes GLE-Class, Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q7, and the model that it’s being compared to here: the Volvo XC90. It’s been a while since BMW and Volvo are talked about in equal terms. That’s a credit to the incredible gains Volvo has achieved in re-establishing its place in the luxury vehicle segment. The BMW X7 arrives just in time to compete with the XC90, so it’s reasonable to compare to the two to determine which of these two SUVs has the edge over the other.

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13 Crossover Wagons You Could Buy Instead of an SUV

13 Crossover Wagons You Could Buy Instead of an SUV

Buck the trend, get a wagon!

High-riding vehicles, like crossovers and SUVs are at the height of popularity right now, but they’re not the only way to go if you want practicality and some off-road capability. Crossover style raised wagons are a great alternative and while they can still drive you over a rough field or rutted road with ease, they’re better to drive on road and actually pretty stylish.

They are essentially the wagon versions of different cars which have gained extra ride height and plastic cladding on the outside to protect them from scratches in their most vulnerable points. These vehicles usually have standard all-wheel drive and are usually a higher trim level, so they are not cheap (compared to the vehicle they’re based on) but they also come with a lot of equipment.

Here’s a list of the 13 coolest crossover-style wagons you can buy today.

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2019 Volvo V60 Cross Country

2019 Volvo V60 Cross Country

Sweden’s take on the Audi A4 Allroad

The V60 Cross Country is the raised version of the company’s familiar V60 wagon. Redesigned in 2018, the V60 Cross Country bridges the gap between the V60 and the XC60. It’s not as big as the latter, but it adds some off-road capability on top of the V60’s wagon-style utility.

Unveiled only a few months after the S60 sedan and V60 wagon, the V60 Cross Country comes to the U.S. to take on the Audi A4 Allroad. Sure, it will be sold in Europe as well, but wagons are a much bigger deal in North America where most of them have been replaced by crossovers. It will be an interesting battle as the V60 is now more upscale than ever and its tech package is on par, or even above in some departments, with what the Germans have to offer. How does it compare to the Audi A4 Allroad? Find out in the review below.

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2019 Volvo V60 R-Design

2019 Volvo V60 R-Design

The sporty Volvo for the whole family we wished was sportier still

Volvo brings the R-Design treatment to its latest V60 Wagon. It will be the top-tier trim for the V60, and it will enhance the car’s performance as well. A sportier exterior look is part of the deal, and it’s available for all the engines in the lineup.

The R-Design, where "R" stands for "Refined," is Volvo’s range-topping performance trim, with the first Volvo that benefitted from this treatment dating back 23 years. It comes as no surprise that the V60 will be available, for the 2019 model year, with the R-Design package that adds improved suspension to make sense of the sporty, yet conservative, exterior. The base price for the Volvo V60 R is $46,558.

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2018 Volvo 360c

2018 Volvo 360c

Worried about the stress of regional flights? Take the Volvo 360c instead

Volvo has pulled the sheets off of the 360C, a fully autonomous electric concept car that showcases a new way to go about domestic travel without having to pay the exorbitant amounts attached to airline tickets. The 360c concept is essentially a bedroom on four wheels that Volvo views as a possible alternative to regional flights. It’s not expected to go into production anytime soon, but it does open the door to a new and innovative way of using autonomous driving technology.

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What in the World is Volvo Teasing?

What in the World is Volvo Teasing?

It’s supposed to be the sound of the future, or at least that’s what Volvo’s teasing

Volvo recently took to its Facebook page to unveil a teaser video, promising what could be the “sound of your ride.” No clue or hints were divulged other than the cryptic #360c hashtag. It doesn’t say anything revealing, which leads to the question on what exactly is Volvo teasing with the “sound of #360c”?

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2019 S60 T8 Polestar Engineered Sells Out In Less Than An Hour

2019 S60 T8 Polestar Engineered Sells Out In Less Than An Hour

Forget SUVs - the fast four-door is still going strong!

Volvo introduced the third-generation S60 compact earlier this year, and with it, the limited, hot-to-trot Polestar Engineered edition. Thanks to its sultry aesthetic and potent powerplant, Volvo fans were eager to scoop it up - so much so, every available unit sold out in just 39 minutes.

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Comparison: 2019 Volvo S60 vs. 2019 Mercedes C-Class

Comparison: 2019 Volvo S60 vs. 2019 Mercedes C-Class

A Swedish challenger for the German titan

Launched in conjunction with the grand opening of Volvo’s new manufacturing plant in South Carolina, the third-generation S60 compact executive four-door brings a host of fresh features to make it competitive in the segment. However, Mercedes-Benz commands a strong position here as well thanks to it’s best-selling C-Class, which recently received an update for the 2019 model year at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. So then - which is the better buy? To find out, we put them side by side and dived into the specs.

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Pricing for the Volvo S60 Polestar Engineered is Far From What You'd Expect

Pricing for the Volvo S60 Polestar Engineered is Far From What You’d Expect

The S60 Polestar Engineered is a subscription-only car

The U.S.-built Volvo S60 was launched last week, and the automaker has already announced that the top-of-the-line hybrid version, the S60 T8 Polestar Engineered, will be available from June 28. But, there’s a catch – only 20 of these will be available, and only by subscription through Care by Volvo. Customers who have enrolled in Care by Volvo can make a monthly payment of $1100, before taxes and registration fees, for the S60 T8 Polestar Engineered. These monthly payments cover insurance, service, and maintenance of the car.

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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.