Two top-of-the-line Volvos, the 2019 XC90 large SUV and the 2018 S90 full-size sedan, have earned Top Safety Pick awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety — although the S90 qualifies only with certain headlights. Related: When Is a Wagon Not a Wagon? When It's Volvo's New V60 Cross Country Both vehicles repeated their scores from previous model years, with both receiving the top scores of good (out of good, acceptable, marginal and poor) in five IIHS evaluations: driver-side small overlap front, frontal moderate overlap, side-impact, roof strength, and head restraints and seats. Both vehicles also got the top score, superior (out of superior, advanced, basic and not available), for frontal crash-avoidance systems with automatic emergency braking. However, the S90 and XC90 failed to qualify for IIHS' highest award, Top Safety Pick Plus, because of subpar scores in the agency's headlight evaluations and missing results in its new passenger-side small overlap … [Read more...] about Top-of-the-Line Volvos Win Top Safety Pick Awards
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The Volvo XC90 line-up in Malaysia has been expanded to include a lower-spec XC90 T5 AWD Momentum variant. The new addition joins the existing T8 Twin Engine-equipped variants that come in Inscription and Inscription Plus trims. Under the bonnet, the new variant sports a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that makes 254 hp at 5,500 rpm and 350 Nm of torque from 1,500-4,800 rpm. An Aisin-sourced AW TG-81SC eight-speed automatic transmission is paired with the mill, and there’s also an all-wheel drive system. In terms of performance, the XC90 T5 AWD will accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 7.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 215 km/h. The claimed combined fuel consumption is rated at 7.9 litres per 100 km, which is more than the 2.5 litres per 100 km of the plug-in hybrid model. Also, the T8-powered cars have a higher output – 407 hp and 640 Nm – due to the hybrid electric powertrain but also an additional supercharger. As mentioned at the start, the XC90 T5 … [Read more...] about Volvo XC90 T5 AWD Momentum in Malaysia
O’Hanlon, who went on to reveal a five-year plan to turn Waylands into a £100m-turnover business, has since seen his Reading franchise trading out of temporary premises while construction of a brand new, eight-car showroom is completed. The new facility is due to open in November this year.Now the new venture has become a group, with the acquisition of Fawcetts Garage in Newbury. Having held a Volvo franchise for 50 years, Fawcetts is the Swedish brand’s oldest UK dealer. Motor Trader spoke to O’Hanlon in the Newbury showroom, just three weeks after he took over the business. Having been CEO of a very successful group and sold it, what brought you back into the business so quickly? We learned a few lessons running Ridgeway, about playing to our strengths and having a good local business that works and dominates the local area. Having a business which I was local to and understanding the territory was important to me. It is much easier to run a business where you … [Read more...] about Dealer Profile: Waylands Automotive
Be fashion-conscious with a big, posh SUV… but which is the best buy – new or used? We don’t have to tell you just how appealing the thought of a large, luxurious SUV is. You see them everywhere, meaning the pangs of envy might be felt so often, you just have to join them. An increasingly-seen machine is the latest Volvo XC90, which is so effortlessly cool and Swedish, it hurts. The latest Land Rover Discovery is also appealing. Trouble is, it costs rather more than the Volvo – unless, that is, you choose to buy secondhand. Make do with a year-old model and you could have it on your driveway for the same price, after haggling, as the Volvo. We decided to find out which is best: new Volvo or used Land Rover? Read more: Top 10: used SUVs under £25k Used Land Rover Discovery 3.0 TD6 HSE Price new: £58,795 Inside, they’re both fantastic. The Volvo is all about offering deep-down quality, with a modern finish and slick operation. The … [Read more...] about Large SUV test: new Volvo XC90 v used Land Rover Discovery
Before you grump away about this new Japanese seven-seat crossover being another me-too product, it's worth recalling that Toyota invented this entire crossover SUV style in 1997 – though admittedly, that could be both a good and a bad thing. The first RX (badged as the Harrier) wasn't a particularly happy looking thing, resembling more of an late night sleeping-bag fumble between a buxom Land Cruiser and a randy saloon, but it was comfy and reliable and the Yanks loved it. So much so that the Germans piled in and latterly everyone's got an SUV crossover in their brochure. In the last 21 years, Lexus has sold 2.7 million RX models through four generations, with 250,000 finding owners in Europe. The British appetite for these big, luxurious SUVs is modest but growing. Lexus marketers reckon that total UK sales, which were 50,000 last year, will rise to 70,000 in 2020. But it's dominated by seven-seaters like Volvo's XC90, which takes over 46 per cent of the family market … [Read more...] about Lexus RX L review – can this well-engineered seven-seater compete with European luxury SUVs?