Volvo Cars registered record sales in 2018, making it Australia’s fastest-growing luxury brand. That was with a showroom comprising 10 vehicles, yet the Swedish brand expects to sell more models in 2019 with just four vehicles after a major culling process. Gone from local (though not most overseas) showrooms are the S90 large sedan, V40 hatchback and its higher-riding twin, the V40 Cross Country. The S60 and V60 mid-sized sedan and wagon have also disappeared, with only the former confirmed to arrive in next-generation form in late 2019. That leaves the V90 Cross Country wagon and a triplet of SUVs in what is believed to be the smallest Volvo product line-up in any market. Well, minimalism is the Scandinavian way. Yet, Volvo Car Australia’s decision to focus heavily on SUVs is quite rational if you look at the company’s 2018 sales results. The XC90, XC60 and XC40 – large, medium and compact in size order – accounted for nearly 85 per cent of the … [Read more...] about Range Review: 2019 Volvo XC40, XC60, XC90
Xc90 momentum plus
The Volvo S90 gains a new T5 Momentum variant in Malaysia, which sits below the existing T8 Twin Engine Inscription and T8 Twin Engine Inscription Plus. If you can make do without a hybrid powertrain, the S90 T5 Momentum costs RM338,888, which is RM30,000 less than the base hybrid variant available. Motivation comes in the form of a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder Drive-E petrol engine that serves up 251 hp (254 PS) and 350 Nm of torque, all of which is directed to the front wheels via an AW TG-81SC eight-speed automatic transmission. In terms of performance, the S90 T5 accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 6.8 seconds, and will hit a top speed of 230 km/h. Kitted up in Momentum trim, the new S90 variant is visibly dissimilar from Inscription models. Up front, the chrome accents on the grille and bottom apron are now gone, with the former sporting a different slat design as well. You’ll still get the LED Illumination headlamps with the brand’s ‘Thor’s … [Read more...] about Volvo S90 T5 Momentum now in Malaysia
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
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?