Latest Volvo car reviews

Volvo V60 review: The estate car to rule estate cars?
4.0 stars Volvo V60 review: The estate car to rule estate cars? By Joe Simpson

Think Volvo and what do you think? Our bet is that in among a top three list of words you'd have 'safety', 'Sweden' and… 'estate car'. Indeed, Volvo's history is littered with estate models (and safe ones at that). Its first arrived in the UK as long... Read more

Volvo XC40 review: The most sophisticated small SUV
4.5 stars Volvo XC40 review: The most sophisticated small SUV By Joe Simpson

The XC40 is Volvo's third SUV, and its smallest to date. It slots in below the larger XC60 and biggest-of-the-bunch XC90, being the first time the company has offered a vehicle in the booming market that Americans refer to as a "company utility vehicle".... Read more

Volvo XC60 review: The best-in-class mid-size SUV?
4.5 stars Volvo XC60 review: The best-in-class mid-size SUV? By Joe Simpson

The outgoing Volvo XC60 continued to be the best seller in its class right up until the end of production. Whereas other "new" Volvos — the XC90, S90, V90 — replaced cars that were so old people had forgotten they existed, the previous XC60's success... Read more

Volvo V90 review: An effortlessly modern and elegant estate car
4.5 stars Volvo V90 review: An effortlessly modern and elegant estate car By Joe Simpson

Unless you're a fully paid-up Volvo hater (and we've found a few), then it's hard not to admire what the Swedish company is doing at the moment. The "human-made" advertising campaign cuts to the heart of the brand's Scandinavian design appeal and marks... Read more

Volvo V90 preview: Superior interior
Volvo V90 preview: Superior interior By Joe Simpson

Volvo is on a roll. The Swedish company has come out of the shadows of the dowdy, safe image it once had and is managing to out-cool the established German brands with some very handsome new car designs which are awash with tech.Nothing we're going to... Read more

Volvo XC90 review: Setting the SUV standard
5.0 stars Volvo XC90 review: Setting the SUV standard By Joe Simpson

In car terms, half a decade is a lifetime. So the last Volvo XC90's 12-year production run represents something of an unusual case. It sold well right to the end but was out-smarted by a new breed of big SUVs.Enter the new XC90. The first production car... Read more

Volvo XC90 hands-on: The safest Volvo ever is packed full of tech treats
Volvo XC90 hands-on: The safest Volvo ever is packed full of tech treats By Chris Hall

"This is one of the most important days in our history. We are not just launching a car, but re-launching our brand," says Hakan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo, as the cover is drawn off the new Volvo XC90 at a media launch in Stockholm.The new... Read more

Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid review
4.0 stars Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid review By Joe Simpson

The main issue with buying an electric car - other than the cost of purchase - is range anxiety. The internal combustion age means we don't tend not to plan when it comes to cars. We just jump in and go.Despite the average person only driving 19 miles... Read more

Want to see Volvo's new performance car? Check out the limited edition Volvo V60 Polestar in our first drive
Want to see Volvo's new performance car? Check out the limited edition Volvo V60 Polestar in our first drive By Joe Simpson

Set up a few years back, Polestar is a company all about high performance cars. To date it's created a number of one-off, very high-performance Volvos, one of which made a cameo appearance on Top Gear.That was the tipping point: since then there has been... Read more

Volvo Concept Estate pictures and hands-on
Volvo Concept Estate pictures and hands-on By Joe Simpson

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... Read more

Volvo V40 T2 R-Design Nav review
3.5 stars Volvo V40 T2 R-Design Nav review By Joe Simpson

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... Read more

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

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... Read more

Volvo V60 D6 plug-in hybrid pictures and hands-on
Volvo V60 D6 plug-in hybrid pictures and hands-on By Hunter Skipworth

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... Read more

Volvo V40
4.5 stars Volvo V40 By Mike Lowe

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 lick... Read more

Volvo S60 DRIVe R-Design 1.6 litre turbo diesel
4.0 stars Volvo S60 DRIVe R-Design 1.6 litre turbo diesel By Ian Morris

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... Read more

Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid pictures and hands-on
Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid pictures and hands-on By Ian Morris

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... Read more

Volvo C30 DRIVe
3.0 stars Volvo C30 DRIVe By Joe Simpson

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”... Read more

Volvo S60 R-Design (2011) hands-on
Volvo S60 R-Design (2011) hands-on By Chris Hall

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 redesigned... Read more

Volvo V60 R-Design (2011) hands-on
Volvo V60 R-Design (2011) hands-on By Chris Hall

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... Read more

Volvo S60
3.5 stars Volvo S60 By Stuart Miles

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... Read more