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First Drive: The XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered

posted by on 26 August 2019 in Features Reviews and Road Tests

When Volvo announced that it would spin Polestar off into its own sub-brand, the Volvo faithful worried that it might mean no more Polestar versions of Volvos. Fortunately, Volvo has cleverly, if somewhat confusingly, sidestepped that problem by changing the name of its hotter cars to “Polestar Engineered.” The first Polestar Engineered Volvo was the […] More…

Driven: The 2019 Volvo S60

posted by on 26 February 2019 in Features Reviews and Road Tests

The launch of 2016 XC90 and Volvo’s Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) enabled a rebirth of the brand, record growth and profitability.   Three years later, Volvo delivers the last of the SPA vehicles with the third generation Volvo S60.   Building from the first generation S60 (2001-2009), which included the legendary 300hp S60R, Volvo’s last model to […] More…

2019 Volvo V60 Review: Testing the Scandi’s Bonafides in a Canadian Winter

posted by on 13 February 2019 in Features Reviews and Road Tests

Volvo’s latest-generation S60 sedan has just come online alongside the new V60 wagon variant. Think “S60 wearing a backpack” and you’re in the ballpark. The V60 wagon is just as distinctive looking, fully featured, and quietly glamorous a thing to look at — though the wagon body sees the roof extended flatly to the rear, the […] More…

2019 Volvo S60 Review: The Best of the New Crop

posted by on 11 October 2018 in Features Reviews and Road Tests

Volvo has spent lots of money and four years rebuilding its lineup. And despite being lauded for its cars’ undeniable style, remarkable quality, and sumptuous luxury, Volvo’s focus was clearly not on driving dynamics. And why should it have been? Anyone who says they take their Porsche Cayenne on track has as firm a grasp of the […] More…

2018 Volvo S90 T8 Review

posted by on 6 June 2018 in Features Reviews and Road Tests

Even if its lineup isn’t as diverse as the competition, or even as well known, Volvo is continuing to push the envelope, as the new 2018 Volvo S90 T8 demonstrates. This is a large luxury sedan that uses an unconventional powertrain, yet still manages impressive performance and economy. It’s not perfect, but it is interesting and special, which are perfect reasons […] More…

2019 Volvo V60 Review

posted by on 29 May 2018 in Features Reviews and Road Tests

North American motoring enthusiasts have been waiting for a new family car revolution and the time is finally here. At least we hope so. For decades now we’ve seen the North American car-buying public flock to sport utility vehicles and crossovers, largely due to the image those buyers feel a “rugged” sport-ute conveys. The reality – […] More…

Driven: The 2018 Volvo V90 R-Design

posted by on 1 January 2018 in Reviews and Road Tests Volvo News

With the popularity of SUVs and CUVs, wagons are becoming a rare sight on the roads across America. The Volvo V90 R-Design was one of my most anticipated vehicles out of Volvo’s press fleet and Christmas came early when it was delivered. I attended the V90 Cross Country press launch in the Arizona desert but […] More…

2019 Volvo XC40 Review and First Drive

posted by on 11 December 2017 in Features Reviews and Road Tests

Perhaps no automaker’s transformation over the past five years has been quite so dramatic as that undergone by Volvo. Reinvigorated by the deep pockets and strategic investments of parent company Geely, the former Swedish safety-niks have spun the brand on its axis to place design and style on an even plane with airbags and moose […] More…

VIDEO: 2017 Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar Track Test

posted by on 27 September 2017 in Reviews and Road Tests

Volvo’s Polestar brand could’ve been a household name like BMW’s M or Mercedes’ AMG, if only they kept building cars like this… More…

First Drive: The XC60 T8 Will Never “Crush” the Nurburgring, and that’s a Good Thing

posted by on 25 August 2017 in Features Reviews and Road Tests

Here’s a little inside baseball. Before journalists go on a press trip to drive a new car—say, a Volvo XC60 T8 plug-in hybrid like the one I just came back from Denver to drive—press agencies are out there trying to find the best hotels to stay at, the best restaurants to eat at, and, crucially, […] More…