Reviews & hands-on

  • Cars

    Volvo Concept Estate pictures and hands-on

    By 5 March 2014

    Volvo showed its third of three concept cars at the Geneva Motor Show, the Volvo Concept Estate - moving back into the true heartland of the brand. It’s the final concept before the new XC90 arrives at the Paris Motor Show in September. The observant...

  • Cars

    Hands-on: Apple CarPlay review

    By 5 March 2014

    Apple CarPlay is the tech giant's foray into in-car technology, which has been propelled into the public interest at the Geneva Motor Show 2014. And that's exactly where we've had the chance to take a look at it in action. But not at the Cupertino company's...

  • Cars 3.5 out of 5

    Volvo V40 T2 R-Design Nav review

    By 31 October 2013

    Back at its launch in 2012, we were big fans of the Volvo V40. It was a leftfield choice, but smart, comfortable and above all packed with safety features and technologies. Since then the diminutive Volvo has gained numerous fresh challengers. Volkswagen...

  • Cars

    Volvo Concept Coupe hands-on, the new face of Sweden's finest

    By 14 September 2013

    No more vanilla Volvos. That's the message from the Swedish company as it launches its concept coupe in Frankfurt. What exactly does that mean? Well, for the past few years, Volvo's been chasing the Germans - think Audi, BMW, Mercedes - and not really...

  • Cars

    Volvo V60 D6 plug-in hybrid pictures and hands-on

    By 28 May 2013

    Volvo hopes to do something rather special with its V60 hybrid. Looking to be the most fuel efficient car launched in 2013, this diesel powered hybrid is quite unlike anything we have driven before. The electric motor combined with a diesel engine, which...

  • Cars 4.5 out of 5

    Volvo V40 review

    By 13 July 2012

    When the Volvo brand name is uttered what’s the first thing that springs to mind?  Safety? Family? Swedes (and we don’t mean the vegetable)? We reckon all of the above, veg excluded. And yet the introduction of the five door V40 certainly adds a...

  • Cars 4 out of 5

    Volvo S60 DRIVe R-Design 1.6 litre turbo diesel review

    By 3 July 2012

    Why not buy a German car? We'll tell you why not, because you can have a Swedish one instead. Of course there are a lot of German car lovers out there, so it might be a tough sell to get them to make the switch. But that's a shame, because cars like the...

  • Online

    Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid pictures and hands-on

    By 29 June 2012

    The world is increasingly focusing on hybrid technology, and why not? After all it's a pretty good way to help reduce emissions and hopefully save money. However you feel about the tech though, hybrid cars often divide opinion. The Prius is certainly...

  • Cars 3 out of 5

    Volvo C30 DRIVe review

    By 18 July 2011

    The age of austerity. Don’t you hate that phrase? But car companies aren’t stupid, and it’s no coincidence that, as fuel prices and the cost of driving in general has rocketed, brands like Volvo have introduced green sub-brands like “DRIVe”...

  • Cars

    Volvo S60 R-Design (2011) hands-on

    By 20 January 2011

    The Volvo S60 R-Design offers a new level of trim on Volvo’s popular saloon, bringing a sporty edge to a car loaded with safety tech. Encompassing a number of cosmetic and performance alterations, the S60 R-Design has a more aggressive look, with a...

  • Cars

    Volvo V60 R-Design (2011) hands-on

    By 20 January 2011

    The Volvo V60 R-Design brings a new sporty level of trim to technical safety wizardry, leading to an edgier more exciting line-up of cars for 2011. We jumped behind the wheel of the new T3 model - with Volvo’s new 1.6 GTDi engine - and took it for a...

  • Cars 3.5 out of 5

    Volvo S60 review

    By 11 August 2010

    They're boxy, but they're good, goes the quote from Crazy People starring Dudley Moore to describe the Volvos of yesteryear. Trouble is, that was a long time ago and the company has changed somewhat since then. So much so that we struggled to find a...