Road tests / Car Reviews: Volvo V40 T5 Cross Country 2014

Posted on April 12th, 2014

It may sit 40mm higher than a standard V40 hatch but the all-wheel-drive V40 T5 Cross Country pictured here is more of a crossover hot hatch than a hardcore off-road SUV. Don’t let the raised Read More

Volvo V60 D4 Luxury 2013 Review

Posted on December 11th, 2013

Buy a Volvo with City Safety and in some countries you get a discount off your car insurance because insurance companies know that it has reduced crashes in XC60s by 22%. Insurers in New Zealand Read More

Volvo V40 T4 2013 Review

Posted on April 8th, 2013

Happiness, according to Sonja Lyubormirsky’s book The How of Happiness, is fifty percent non-elective – stuff we can’t change easily because of our genetics and upbringing. Ten percent is environmental and forty percent is what Read More

Volvo S60 T4 2012 Review

Posted on May 5th, 2012

There comes a time in your life when you just want a bit of comfort. I couldn’t easily go back to the rock hard suspension and bucket seats of my 20s unless it’s something insanely Read More

Volvo V60 D3 2012 Review

Posted on March 22nd, 2012

The spiritual successor to the ‘flying brick’ has had yet more corners chiseled away. It’s now like a brick that’s spent several years rolling around in the Muriwai surf. Of course, the bits that now Read More

Volvo S60 T5 R-Design 2012 Review

Posted on February 8th, 2012

We spent a very pleasant week which included a jaunt to Ruapuke and back for a Waitangi weekend camping trip. This was a great test for the Volvo – plenty of motorway driving, followed by Read More

Volvo V60 D5 2011 Review

Posted on May 27th, 2011

Volvo station wagons reached a point when they achieved such a high level of safety and practicality than they became a bit of a cliché on wheels. The boxy-back shape had evolved to perfection for Read More

Volvo S60 T6 2011 Review

Posted on May 16th, 2011

Recently, to prove Volvo is no longer a maker of safety obsessed, vanilla vehicles, pro race driver Jonny Reid lapped Hampton Downs in the new S60 T6 sedan. Big deal you might say. Well he Read More

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