When Volvo called and asked if I wanted to fly to the Arctic Circle in the middle of winter to test the new 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country on the frozen Baltic Sea, the answer was of course “yes.” I was enthused not only because we’d be sideways in Sweden’s newest wagon on a frozen major body of water—with ice more than 30 inches thick thanks to subzero temps and barely six hours of daylight this time of year—but also because I own a 2016 V60 and was eager to compare old and new. My car has treated me well, with Volvo’s long-running, 251-hp turbocharged inline-five under the hood. It also comfortably fits four suitcases, three humans, and two sets of skis. In essence, I am the target market for the new Cross Country.We landed in Luleå, Sweden at midday, with barely two hours of sun to spare and a thermometer reading -18 degrees Celsius—that’s 0 in Fahrenheit-speak. Volvo wagon taxis with rally-style auxiliary lights abounded at … [Read more...] about The 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country Satisfies in Snow and Ice
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Gallery PUBLISHED: 09:48 23 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:48 23 July 2018 Volvo V60 reinvents the famous estate car brand’s offering in the premium mid-size market and is good enough to compete with the dominant German brands. Picture: Volvo Volvo Volvo’s winning formula and success story gets new momentum with the second-generation V60 estate. Motoring editor Andy Russell enjoys an early drive and says the trio of German giants has a serious new rival. Volvo V60's rear screen not as steeply raked as larger V90 estate. Picture: VolvoIt’s odd to start a first drive review about the new Volvo V60 estate talking about the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series Touring and Mercedes-Benz C-Class but the Volvo PR team is happy to do so.It feels the brand is on another winner with the latest model in the transformation of the range with 21 major awards this year including UK, European and World Car of the Year.The German trio have dominated the premium mid-size estate sector but now the … [Read more...] about Volvo V60 – V for victory in brand’s transformation
The new VW Touareg is a tour de force: 4.88 meters long, 2.3 tons heavy, full of technology and over 60,000 euros expensive. But is it good enough to challenge the Mercedes-Benz GLE and Volvo XC90? VW has a new boss. After the end of the Phaeton two years ago, the new Touareg now marks the upper end of the range. 4.88 meters long, 1.98 meters noticeably wide – have fun in the parking garage – and 2.3 tons heavy. The well-kept design, except for the large chromed front, is pleasantly restrained and very skillful in detail. But large noble SUVs is a formula other makers also do well. Volvo for example offers the XC90 – already on the market again since 2015. The Mercedes GLE is even older as it is basically a ML from 2011 at its base and will have a successor this year. Until then, the VW trumps ahead. With even more space than the other two – which are already spacious. Particularly striking is the enormous inner width. In front the Mercedes offers six, the Volvo … [Read more...] about New VW Touareg versus Mercedes GLE, Volvo XC90: Bold in a class of understated
Volvo is clearly on a roll, producing one of the best large SUVs (XC90) and now clinching the European Car of the Year title with the small XC40. We’re trying the mid-size XC60 to see whether its Swedish style is more than skin deep. Our car: Volvo XC60 D5 PowerPulse AWD R-design List price when new: £43,505 Price as tested: £53,580 Official fuel economy: 54.1mpg (EU Combined) Read more long-term tests June 5th, 2018 Fuel consumption this week: 38.7mpg For those who have been watching The Bridge unravel on BBC2, Sweden appears a rather dangerous place. The Nordic Noir police drama has a high body count and is eerily dark – like Midsummer Murders by moonlight. However, having driven across Scandinavia many times, I know it is remarkably safe. People adhere to the speed limits and nobody uses a mobile phone behind the wheel. There’s probably a campaign to fit wandering elks with high visibility vests. We’ve already … [Read more...] about Volvo XC60 – long-term test: the ultimate middle-class car?
Mitsubishi’s new Outlander PHEV gives back to users in a way that other plug-in hybrids do not: with two 115-volt household plugs to tap the lithium-ion battery to power up to 1,500 watts’ worth of appliances or tools.The 2018 Outlander PHEV is the only family-class choice for an all-wheel drive, five-passenger plug-in electric SUV with a tow rating of 1,500 pounds. General Motors had offered full-size hybrid pickups with household outlets as an incentive for contractors to keep power tools charged. But the truck was pricey and it may have been technology ahead of its time.Now, however, it is time to be proactive. With this ongoing biblical assault of earthquakes, fire and hurricanes, such a home power source could provide life-saving electricity for medical devices, computers, tools or a microwave. And then there are the more fun tailgating potentials of powering a TV and blender.The 2018 Outlander PHEV is sold in SEL and GT trim levels both with all-wheel drive and a … [Read more...] about 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV: A proactive power source