Mobile spy reviews volvo xc90 ocean race

 

As with a just-right mattress, at first the front seats seem overly firm, but the more time spent in them the more orthopedically perfect they feel, although there’s not much lateral bolstering to hold occupants in place during aggressive cornering. Surprisingly, the 21-inch wheels and tires on our T6 didn’t ruin the ride, and the steering is sharp and properly weighted. The XC90 also has a number of surprise-and-delight features such as a sunroof shade that automatically closes in hot weather, the ability to adjust the passenger seat using the driver’s-side controls, and an available built-in child booster seat in the center seat of the second row.

What We Don’t Like: We’re not convinced that four-cylinder-only power is the way to go, not so much for performance reasons—although, by a narrow margin, the XC90 was the slowest in its last comparison-test appearance —but mostly because the engine sounds gravelly in its upper reaches, which is discordant with the luxury mission. These deficiencies of the Volvo powertrain, and the more athletic behavior of the Audi Q7, caused the Audi to just outpoint the XC90 as our 10Best award winner for best mid-size luxury SUV .

We haven’t found the XC90 to return significantly better fuel economy than competitors powered by sweeter-sounding, smoother six-cylinder engines. However, a T6 model did achieve 27 mpg on our 75-mph highway-fuel-economy loop, 2 mpg better than its EPA rating and 3 mpg better than an Audi Q7 with a supercharged V-6. We’d like a setting between Comfort, where the XC90’s off-the-line response feels a bit soft, and Dynamic, which raises the idle to 1000 from 875 rpm and arguably overstimulates throttle response.

Mobile spy reviews volvo xc90 ocean race

Volvo ’s big reveal at the Geneva Motor Show  is an all-new, second-generation XC60 SUV  – a new five-seat 4x4 which sits underneath the large XC90 in the firm’s SUV line-up. It shares its platform and much of its styling with its bigger sibling, but Volvo has also worked in some individual character into the XC60 , and is keen to pitch it as more than just an XC90  on a smaller scale.

It's part of an SUV blitz by the Swedish marque. Following the release of the XC60, an even smaller XC40 is set to follow which will be based heavily on Volvo's 40.1 Concept . 

At the recent Geneva Motor Show Volvo’s vice-president of design, Thomas Ingenlath, told us, “I am relaxed coming out with the XC60, because it isn’t such a revolution [as the XC90 was]. But it is a big step and improvement with the new platform. I’m tempted to ask: ‘What could go wrong?’”

As with a just-right mattress, at first the front seats seem overly firm, but the more time spent in them the more orthopedically perfect they feel, although there’s not much lateral bolstering to hold occupants in place during aggressive cornering. Surprisingly, the 21-inch wheels and tires on our T6 didn’t ruin the ride, and the steering is sharp and properly weighted. The XC90 also has a number of surprise-and-delight features such as a sunroof shade that automatically closes in hot weather, the ability to adjust the passenger seat using the driver’s-side controls, and an available built-in child booster seat in the center seat of the second row.

What We Don’t Like: We’re not convinced that four-cylinder-only power is the way to go, not so much for performance reasons—although, by a narrow margin, the XC90 was the slowest in its last comparison-test appearance —but mostly because the engine sounds gravelly in its upper reaches, which is discordant with the luxury mission. These deficiencies of the Volvo powertrain, and the more athletic behavior of the Audi Q7, caused the Audi to just outpoint the XC90 as our 10Best award winner for best mid-size luxury SUV .

We haven’t found the XC90 to return significantly better fuel economy than competitors powered by sweeter-sounding, smoother six-cylinder engines. However, a T6 model did achieve 27 mpg on our 75-mph highway-fuel-economy loop, 2 mpg better than its EPA rating and 3 mpg better than an Audi Q7 with a supercharged V-6. We’d like a setting between Comfort, where the XC90’s off-the-line response feels a bit soft, and Dynamic, which raises the idle to 1000 from 875 rpm and arguably overstimulates throttle response.

18-inch alloy wheels and heated front seats are now standard on the 2016 Volvo XC70 . The 300-hp turbo I-6 has been discontinued while the 3.2 AWD trim has been replaced by the T5 AWD variant.

Essentially a raised wagon, the 2016 Volvo XC70 is a two-row crossover available in front- and all-wheel-drive configurations. A replacement, rumored to be called the V90, will be revealed sometime in late 2015 and early 2016 alongside the successor to the S80 midsize luxury sedan, which is the car that the XC70 is based on.

Front drive XC70s are powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 rated at 240 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque while all-wheel-drive-equipped variants utilize a 2.5-liter turbocharged I-5 with 250 hp and 266 lb-ft. An eight-speed automatic is the only gearbox available on front-drive XC70s while all-wheel-drive models are equipped with a six-speed unit. Fuel economy is class competitive, with front drive models achieving up to 23/31 mpg city/highway. Opting for the all-wheel-drive XC70 drops those numbers down to 19/26 mpg.

With help from parent company Geely, Volvo is ready to fight Mercedes-Benz , BMW , and Audi with a lineup of luxury vehicles that look spectacular and still offer the safety technology consumers expect of the brand. Volvo’s lineup not only includes great sedans and wagons, but also SUVs and the S60 and V60 performance cars.

Least Expensive : The Volvo S60 is the Swedish manufacturer’s entry-level luxury sports sedan. With all the safety and security Volvo is known for, the S60 starts under $35,000.

Sportiest : An upgraded suspension, forged wheels, a brilliant all-wheel drive system, and around 350 horsepower all provide the Volvo S60 Polestar and V60 Polestar with more sporting credentials than your average Volvo.