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2018 Volvo XC90 D5 Inscription review

After what seemed like an eternity, we’ve got our new car. Two years ago, I started the search for a replacement of our venerable 2007 XC90. The choices that were afforded to us just never lived up to what Lars had provided for us. Yes, the kids called the old Volvo Lars. Things like the Everest, Prado, Patrol and Discovery had been sampled – all coming up short as a replacement in more than one area...

2018 Volvo S90 T5 Momentum review: Californication

At last a Volvo that looks great from any angle, gets stares from bemused drivers trying to figure out what this huge saloon really is, and elicits nodding approval from friends who get in the back seat to find a Grand Ballroom sized lounge area! Firstly, I didn't buy the car. It was an upgrade from SIXT after the brand new 3,000 mile Cadillac broke down (yawn!)...

2016 Volvo V40 T5 Luxury Cross Country review

I bought this car in January 2016 for around-town duties with the kids, as well as the occasional drive to/from work, which meant driving along a long, winding road in NSW’s Southern Highlands (Bowral to Nowra via Kangaroo Valley for those that know it). Because of the kids, I needed the safest car I could afford. Because of the location and roads, I needed AWD...

2011 Volvo S60 T5 review

It is totally a coincidence when buying this 2011 Volvo S60 T5 that I used to own an entry-level 2009 Volvo S40 diesel, which came with a leather but uncomfortable seat and Bluetooth only for phone calls. So, when I was looking for a larger car, Volvo wasn’t really on my option list...

2013 Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design review

I’ve never been a big fan of SUVs so they were never on my shopping list but my wife’s constant lobbying to replace her Golf GTI with something bigger and more family-friendly forced me to take a closer look. I (and my wife) prefer our cars to have a bit of go, so any slow and wheezy naturally aspirated petrol or turbo-diesel four cylinder SUV just wasn’t going to cut it...

2007 Volvo S80 V8 AWD review

One day, while driving past my local Volvo dealer (in my brother's long-term-loan V70), I spotted a black sedan in the forecourt. “That's an S80, you don't see many of them,” and “that's pretty cheap ($25K)," I thought to myself. The next time I went to the dealer for a service, I had a good look at the black sedan...

2015 Volvo XC60 T5 Luxury review

This is a follow up to my first review of the 2015 Volvo XC60 T5, published in late 2015 when I had owned the car for just 10 days. This model is actually an MY15.5. If anything, I like the car even better. After almost 33,000km, nothing has gone wrong. I change oil every 7500km, which is a bit pricey. Fuel consumption is okay...

2016 Volvo XC90 T8 R-Design Hybrid review

Let me start by getting my bias out on the table. I love Volvos. I grew up on Sydney's North Shore where Volvos are the family car of choice. I also learnt to drive in a 2002 Volvo V70XC and have since owned three Volvos before this one. This Volvo however, is different. Very different. It's the first of the new direction for Volvo as a genuine rival to the German luxury brands...

2009 Volvo V70 T6 review

Back in 2012 I specifically ordered an XC70 D5 after having had an XC90 D5 for 5 years. For me, the XC70 has just been a real marvel of a travel companion – I cover quite vast distances at times as I live in Tasmania but have a lot of rural clients all across our great country...

2000 Volvo S40 2.0 SE Review

It’s mid-January, a Monday morning, 04:30am. I’m on my way to work and taking the back route – a series of sweeping corners, the odd hairpin and the odd wallaby on what can only be described as a goat track. The engine is warm, as is the air for this time of morning. Fourth gear. I stab the throttle and shift back to third. Repeat to find second...

2012 Volvo V50 T5 Lifestyle review

The Volvo V50 has been great, the dimensions of the vehicle have suited our needs perfectly for holiday and surf trips up and down the coast and price was spot on. The XC90 we had before this was a lovely car but the 3.2-litre petrol engine was very heavy on fuel. We also had a XC70, which I believe was the best model made by Volvo at the time and we have had a Subaru Forester and a Toyota RAV4 in the past...