Volvo Car Reviews

Volvo is a Swedish car manufacturer which produces a wide range of vehicles from trucks and buses to construction equipment.

Volvo Car Reviews

Volvo Overview

Brief History

Volvo began in 1927 producing their first ever vehicle in a Gothenburg factory. It was not until after the Second World War that Volvo began obtaining recognition outside of Sweden. Since then they've perfected the materials, design, and manufacturing, to make some of the safest, most environmentally friendly, dependable cars on the road today. Volvo’s history and cars themselves reflect the importance that Volvo has placed on safety through the years. In 1944 laminated glass was used, in 1959 the three-point seatbelt was standard issue on all Volvo models. In 1956, Volvo began padding all their dashboards for safety reasons, and in the 1960s Volvo developed the first rearward facing child-seat. Through the years Volvo has led the way for other brands with their innovative safety technology.

There are two separate Volvo groups; Volvo Cars who are a subsidiary of the Ford Motor Company and produce automobiles in its Premier Automotive Group, and Volvo who produce the commercial vehicles.  Volvo Group sold Volvo Cars to Ford in 1999 to allow them to focus more on their production of commercial vehicles, of which Volvo are one of the leading manufacturers.

Model Range

Volvo C30

The Volvo C30 is a small family car that was officially unveiled in 2006. The car was produced as a hatchback version of the S40, V50 and C70 range and is being marketed towards the youth and first time buyers as a sports coupe. The C30 is essentially a three-door, four-seat hatchback with straight 4 and straight 5 engines.

Volvo C70

The Volvo C70 is a luxury coupe cabriolet which was introduced in 1997. It is not as flashy as your typical convertible, yet makes up for that with is practicality and original safety features unique to convertibles which are usually regarded as less safe than non-convertibles.

Volvo V40

The V40 was launched in 2012 to replace the ageing S40 and V50 models. It offers an impressive engine line-up and is one of the safest cars on the road today thanks to its innovative pedestrian airbag.

Volvo S40

The Volvo S40 was a medium executive saloon which was sold between 1995 and 2012. It was a spacious model which demonstrated an attempt on Volvo's part to create a more quality and desirable product rather than just a tough workhorse. It was replaced by the V40 in 2012.

Volvo V50

The Volvo V50 was a small family car which was first produced in 2004 and was the estate equivalent of the Volvo S40. It was replaced by the V40 in 2012.

Volvo XC90

The XC90 is a large 4X4 and has achieved much commercial success. The XC90 was Volvo’s best-selling vehicle worldwide in 2005. The car won the North American Truck of the Year award in 2003 and Motor Trend magazine’s Sport/Utility of the year award the same year. The XC90 comes with an impressive range of engines including a diesel option. Production of the XC90 began in 2003.

Volvo S60

The Volvo S60 is a medium executive saloon. The S60 is a four-door saloon which was designed to replace the Volvo S70. The car comes with a range of engine choices and was first produced in 2001. It is further evidence of Volvo attempting to break out of its criticised boxy image without compromising its practicality.

Volvo V60

The Volvo V60 is the estate version of the Volvo S60 which was introduced in October 2010. The V60 has a good range of petrol and diesel engines and comes with Volvo’s City Safety System which was somewhat revolutionary as far as safety systems go in cars.
The V60 is another example of Volvo staying true to its reputation for being safe, whilst attempting to be as stylish and aesthetically appealing as its competitors. It is Marketed towards the younger demographic as well the high income costumers.

Volvo S80

The Volvo S80 is a mid-size luxury or executive car. The S80 was designed to replace the Volvo S90. The car is available as a four-door saloon and was first produced in 1998. The first generation S80 was one of the first Volvo’s which sought a more fashionable look than that of its boxy predecessors. It achieved impressive crash test ratings which were almost unrivalled for five years proving you can be both good looking and practical.

Volvo V70

The Volvo V70 is a mid-size estate car that was originally produced in 1997. The car was designed to replace the Volvo 850. The car has been produced in three generations and is available with a four or five speed automatic transmission or a five-speed manual transmission. It is another example of a safe Volvo and one of the first cars to have a Blind Spot Information System which alerts the driver to other cars and motorbikes which are in his or her blind spot.

Volvo XC60

The Volvo XC60 is a small and medium 4X4 which was put into production in 2008 and is based on the Volvo Y20 platform. By 2009 the Volvo XC60 became Volvo’s best-selling car. The XC60 comes with wide range of innovative safety features which contributed to the XC60 winning the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s ‘Top Safety Pick’ award.

Volvo XC70

The Volvo XC70 is a mid-sized estate car. The car has been produced in three generations since 2008, the third generation it was produced as an executive car. The XC70 was designed to replace the Volvo 850. Production of the XC70 began in 1998. The car is durable and versatile enough to be used as a workhorse, or elegant and comfortable enough to be used as a family vehicle.


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