VOLVO XC90 B6 AWD R-DESIGN

The XC90 is the largest of Volvo’s three SUVs. There are four grades: Momentum, Inscription, R-Design and the Recharge plugin hybrid. The current model dates back to 2015, while Volvo has been upgrading the tech and gradually replacing the original powertrains with hybrid or plug-in hybrid setups. One of the car’s defining features is the large, vertically mounted tablet-style infotainment touchscreen from which the driver is able to control most of the functions of the vehicle. Being a Volvo, safety and more recently reduced engine emissions are a given and… Read more

VOLVO XC40 RECHARGE PURE ELECTRIC TWIN

Recharge is the fully electric version of Volvo’s XC40 small-medium SUV. Until recently there was just the one electric model, but now you get to choose from two. One has a single electric motor, the other comes with two of them — or ‘twin’ motors as they are known. STYLING Volvo XC40’s exterior styling is chunky, compact and functional. The wheels are standouts. A blanked-out radiator grille signifies this is the fully electric version of the small SUV, in other words – no cooling required. Although designed to seat five,… Read more

VOLVO S60 B5 INSCRIPTION

It’s not quite the 374kW beast that we drove in Sweden a few years ago, but it’s a Volvo S60 nevertheless. These days that means a rather sedate 183kW executive sedan that doesn’t use much fuel because it’s a hybrid. The S60 remains a practical alternative to the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, for those not keen on German fare — and interestingly, it’s now built in the United States. Inscription is Volvo’s mid-spec grade in terms of equipment, sitting between the Momentum and sporty R-Design grades…. Read more

VOLVO V60 CROSS COUNTRY

I have fond memories of Volvo’s XC70. Designed along the same lines as the Subaru Outback, Passat Alltrack and Audi Allroad, the XC70 went missing in 2016, a victim of the SUV revolution. But small practical wagons still enjoy a loyal, if modest, following and the spirit of XC lives on in the V60 and V90 Cross Country. And we’re glad to say the V60 Cross Country is of- fered here. STYLING There’s just the one model, priced from $64,990. It’s available in a choice of 10 colours, with Denim… Read more

VOLVO XC60 B6 R-DESIGN

We’ve always thought of the XC60 as the Goldilocks of the Volvo SUV range, not too big and not too small — just the right size. The mid-sized XC60 has been part of the lineup since 2008, with the second and latest generation of the five-seater arriving in 2017. It’s now available only in hybrid form. It’s available in four grades – B5 Momentum, B5 Inscription, B6 R-Design and the Recharge PHEV. The first three are equipped with a mild, self-charging hybrid system in two states of tune, while the… Read more

VOLVO XC40 RECHARGE TWIN

Our road test car this week is a Volvo XC40 Recharge Twin, which was particularly interesting as our family car is a Volvo XC40 T4 Inscription that we have owned for three years. It will be fascinating to find out how the two compare both in performance and the latest in technology. And decide if we hold onto our existing car or go the electric route. STYLING These days Volvo is one of world’s automotive style leaders and in my opinion the XC40 is the best shape from the company… Read more

VOLVO TO IMPORT A LOWER COST XC40 RECHARGE PURE ELECTRIC

Volvo Car Australia is responding to the surging demand for its electric cars in Australia by launching a new single engine variant of its popular XC40 Recharge Pure Electric compact luxury SUV. The new variant of the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric comes with a single electric motor on the front axle, and represents a balanced take on power, performance, and efficiency. The introduction of the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric single motor is hot on the heels of the strong ongoing demand for the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric which was launched… Read more

VOLVO XC60 2008 – 2020

When launched in Australia in late 2008 the Volvo XC60 was described by the Swedish company as being a cross between a coupe and an SUV. But we feel it’s a genuine SUV, certainly by the definition of SUVs today. Keep in mind that the XC60 is designed for use on Swedish roads that are likely to be snow and ice covered for months at a time, particularly in the northern areas of that country. However, it’s also suited to tough Aussie bush conditions and obviously to snowfields in Australia…. Read more

POLESTAR 2 ELECTRIC CARS BEING SHOWCASED IN AUSTRALIA

In the lead-up to its January 2022 Australian on-sale date, Swedish electric performance brand Polestar, has announced both the opening of customer reservations, and the start of its Australian roadshow to showcase the all-electric Polestar 2 and provide consumer test drive opportunities. The roadshow test drive events started in Sydney in mid-November followed by events in Melbourne and the Gold Coast in December, and Brisbane in February 2022. The events enable Australian consumers to test drive the Polestar 2 ahead of the scheduled roll-out of permanent Polestar Spaces and Destinations… Read more

POLESTAR 2, THE SWEDISH ALL-ELECTRIC PERFORMANCE CAR

Pricing and specifications for Polestar 2, the Swedish all-electric performance car which goes on sale in Australia in January 2022. The Polestar 2 electric model range will start from $59,900 for the standard range single electric motor and $64,900 for the long-range single motor. Both single motor variants fall under the threshold for the $3,000 Electric Vehicle Rebate in New South Wales and Victoria, as well as significant stamp duty savings. The Polestar 2 Long range dual motor variant will launch at $69,900. Samantha Johnson, Head of Polestar Australia, comments:… Read more