Volvo is killing it at the moment. The Swedish brand can’t seem to put a foot wrong. It keeps pumping out one stunning car after another and the best part is that they’re all damn good to drive. Its latest entry is the new Volvo S60, a mid-size premium sedan that’s been designed to take on the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. But can this Swedish newcomer really take on the established Germans? Looks that way. Built on Volvo’s new scalable architecture, the S60 rides on the same platform as the S90 and XC90, which is a good start point. It’s also the very first Volvo to be built in the US, as it’s the first car to be made at the brand’s new Charleston, SC plant. And just from the looks and specs of it, the new Volvo S60 seems like it could be a real player in the German-dominated segment. Under the hood, there will be four different engine options. The base model, and likely volume model, will be the S60 T5 and will come … [Read more...] about Volvo S60 could be a serious 3 Series competitor
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Auto Review by Jay Khan, 5th June 2015, 5th June 2015 Last updated 9:02 quick Model spec: Volvo XC60 D5 AWD, R-Design, Polestar Price: £40000 Engine: 2.4 5-Cyl Turbo-Diesel Max Speed: 130 facts 0-60: 7.3 seconds BHP/Torque: 230 / 470 Economy: 38mpg combined C02: 169g/km Tax: 205/year What we know about the XC60 is this, its one of the smartest looking crossover SUV’s you can get. Yes I am being highly biased but for once I shall loosen the belt and feast richly on a great all rounder in its class, although in reality it isn’t. The XC60 is available in four trim levels and with prices starting from around £31k for entry level SE models and rising to £42k for top spec (and of course fully loaded) R-Design Lux models. With around 20 models and a range of 4 and 5-cylinder diesel engines, in addition to petrol … [Read more...] about Volvo XC60 Polestar Review
Tweet TweetEver since Polestar started fine-tuning Volvo models and creating exclusive and standout models, we have witnessed some revolutionary products recognized worldwide and which deserve to be mentioned in the books. The same Polestar hardcore division from Volvo has also decided that it was high-time it would create hybrid variants of the carmaker`s most potent models. At least this is what the latest reports state. The latest comes from Autocar, which unofficially confirms the arrival of such a model by 2018, a report that has also been hinted by Jon Wakefield, CEO at Volvo UK. He declared in a recent interview that “Polestar is going to come out with something very exciting and a little bit different. We think it is going to shape up the market.” Already used to make things a little bit different compared to its main rivals, Volvo`s division Polestar is reported to drop the V8 or the six-cylinder turbocharged engines currently using on its top notch models, and … [Read more...] about 2018 Volvo Polestar Hybrid Might Be in the Works
There appears to be no end to the SUV sales boom that has gripped the auto industry for more than a decade, with almost all size categories surging ahead of 2017’s totals. And it doesn’t seem to matter which end of the scale you might be looking at, everything remains on the up and up, though it’s the medium category that’s by far the most popular. It’s also as difficult as ever to choose between make, model and variant, given the sheer number of SUV manufacturers involved – around 31 in total, and of those there are at least seven carmakers battling it out amongst premium SUVs with a price tag of 40-grand or more. They’re not all the same size, though, ranging from the visually diminutive Audi Q2 to the slightly larger BMW X1, Jaguar E-Pace and upcoming Volvo XC40 – all of them classed as small SUVs. There are others too, like the aging Audi Q3, all-new BMW X2, Infinity Q30/QX30, Mini Countryman and of course the Range Rover Evoque. … [Read more...] about 2018 Audi Q2 2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic sport v BMW X1 xDrive25i comparison
We’ve got in front of our very eyes, no doubt, the best three mid-size premium SUVs: the brand-new BMW X3, the Mercedes GLC and the new Volvo XC60. We are testing the diesel automatic versions, which are still the most popular in Europe, despite diesel debate. Comparative test drive BMW X3 xDrive 20d, Mercedes GLC 250d 4Matic, Volvo XC60 D5 AWD. The mid-zise premium SUV segment has know great emulation, two of the test models coming as brand-new: Volvo XC60 and BMW X3. With 111,193 units sold in 2017 (+58%!!!), Mercedes GLC took over the crown of the segment from the Volvo XC60, which change the generation in autumn 2017. The fourth spot in the ranking is covered by the BMW X3/X4 with 63,236 units behind the new Audi Q5 (70.388 units). The current confruntation is that of the diesel variants, with 2.0-liter turbodiesel engines from BMW and Volvo and with a 2.2-liter unit from Mercedes, with the output ranging from 190 and 235 HP, eight-speed automatic transmission from BMW … [Read more...] about Comparative test drive BMW X3 xDrive 20d, Mercedes GLC 250d 4Matic, Volvo XC60 D5 AWD
For years, carmakers have seemed to be stuck in the same cycle of producing slightly better iterations of cars that came before. Lighter, bigger, faster and more efficient, but the recipe stays the same – an internal combustion engine burns fuel to propel a crankshaft, spinning a transmission that sends power to the road. Niche hybrids aside, the car as a piece of technology has stayed stagnant for over a century. We’ve long looked at electric vehicles as the true car of the future, one that you plug into your home just like a smartphone and produces zero emissions. Just like your smartphone, however, an EV’s battery life is unpredictable, and when you do deplete it, it takes ages to charge it back up again. Fine if you’re just browsing Facebook, not so fine if you’re on your way to Penang and the low battery warning just came on. Indeed, most industry observers now see plug-in hybrids as a perfect solution, at least in the short term. With a more powerful … [Read more...] about DRIVEN: BMW 330e plug-in hybrid Malaysian review
For a carmaker whose overriding priority is safety, Volvo sure pulls plenty of motoring enthusiasts. Yes, its cars lack the all-out driver involvement of those from Germany and Italy, but there’s an intrinsic appeal to understated, yet fastidious Swedish design and engineering – and with Saab out of the picture, Volvo is now the default flag bearer for those of a more Scandinavian disposition. Its at times shaky financial history (not actually shaky enough to put it out of business, unlike Saab) has probably only helped it become more endearing. Originally founded in 1927 as a carmaking subsidiary of SKF, Volvo became independent in 1935 as a small, vulnerable concern that was eventually swallowed up by Ford in 1999, and was nearly shuttered as its parent company was on the verge of bankruptcy. Chinese conglomerate Geely became its current custodian in 2010, and although Volvo fleshed out the lower end of its lineup in the interim with the V40 in 2012, it took its time to … [Read more...] about DRIVEN: Volvo V90 T6 AWD review – looks above all else?
2018 BMW X3 M40i is a far louder car than you'd expect, with a warbling buzz of an exhaust note that sliced through the otherwise placid Portlandian morning. I sheepishly looked around for someone in an Outback sneering at the Phytonic Blue BMW brashly announcing its presence.Here's the thing, though: it's still weird to hear sports car noises emanating from a compact SUV. It just doesn't compute. That the M40i and its 355-horsepower twin-turbo inline-6 gets from zero to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds really fries the circuit boards.SUVs are clearly the way of the future, but so much about the X3 M40i seems conflicted, like it's trying to be something it's not. At no point with the X3 did I find myself NOT longing to drive a 340i M Sport instead. Preferably a wagon one, not that such a thing exists.Now, before running outside to yell at that cloud, let's just step back and admit that the X3 M40i is nevertheless an impressive compact luxury SUV. It can stand tall against the Porsche Macan and … [Read more...] about 2018 BMW X3 M40i Quick Spin Review | Embracing the inexorable wave of progress
If we're completely honest, we were planning to take it easy this issue. So naturally, Murphy kicked into high gear and despite our best efforts, the new issue of OVERDRIVE is tanked up and ready to go. It's waiting for you at the newsstand so your ride can begin! We've got cruisers, sportsbikes, superb SUVs, the new hatchback benchmark and a brand-new section that we are hoping will inspire the living daylights out of you. And that's just a top of the pops summary of the issue. Want to know more? Doers This new feature - you'll see more of these in the future - are very close to our heart as a team. These are stories of normal men and women who got off their lazy chairs and got to work making their dreams come true. We start the section with the story of Anuradha and Manas Dewan who gave up a near-ideal life for a 100-day run through Europe that's changed them. And the story isn't a memory-lane meander either. It's focussed on showing you how easy or hard it was for them - and by … [Read more...] about The February 2018 issue of OVERDRIVE is out, rocking, and selling out fast!
The 2018 North American International Auto Show, aka the Detroit Auto Show, is upon us, and at least one of the new vehicles shown will be electrified. But not necessarily electric.Yet, journalists, both those who cover the industry and especially those who normally work other beats (such as business or news), will continue to incorrectly conflate the two. Which in turn will give this editor even more gray hairs.The difference between electric and electrified vehicles is simple. Electric vehicles, otherwise known as “pure” EVs, are vehicles solely powered by electricity. Electrified vehicles, by contrast, are powered in part by electricity. Hybrids are an example of the latter, as are range-extended electrics, mild hybrids, and plug-in hybrids.Another way to think of it, as a Jaguar PR flack tells Digital Trends, is like rectangles and squares. Squares are always rectangles, but rectangles aren’t always squares. Which means all “pure” EVs are electrified, … [Read more...] about It’s Electric – or Electrified – Whatever, Just Get it Right