Volvo SUVs, win, comparisons
12:30 PM | October 27 2019

Comparison test wins for Volvo SUVs

Volvo XC90 beats German rivals and Volvo XC40 comes out on top against British and Japanese competitors as company’s luxury SUVs continue to enjoy critical acclaim.
Luxury SUVs from Volvo Cars continue to add to their multiple major automotive awards with further critical acclaim from motoring experts.
 
The Volvo XC90 and Volvo XC40 – respectively the Swedish car maker’s large luxury SUV and compact premium SUV – have both been declared winners of recent group tests involving key competitor vehicles.
 
The XC90 was victorious in a comparison test conducted by renowned Australian car magazine Wheels; the XC40 emerged as the winner of a four-model contest staged by leading online automotive site CarAdvice.
 
I Roll takes a look at how Volvo’s SUVs impressed the experienced road-testers at Wheels magazine and CarAdvice.
Volvo XC90 R-Design, comparisons Overseas model pictured above

 

Volvo XC90 D5 R-Design v German large luxury SUV rivals – Wheels magazine, September 2019

The Volvo XC90 was pitched against two large luxury SUVs from Germany, one brand new and the other significantly updated.
 
Yet while the XC90 wasn’t the newest vehicle in the test, Wheels remains enamoured with an interior that epitomises confident Scandinavian design and craftsmanship.
 
“…The XC90 continues with its minimalist Scandi-chic ambience,” wrote Wheels. “The design remains contemporary, with the vertical, tablet-style 12.3-inch central display dominating the clutter-free dash. Ergonomically, the touchscreen is excellent.”
 
During Wheels testing, the XC90 also proved to be the most economical with fuel, though the magazine pointed out this wasn’t at the expense of performance.
“The Volvo’s engine isn’t consigned to just being efficient. The Polestar badge on its rump means the Swedish tuning arm has fettled with the ECU, resulting in the D5 R-Design’s 2.0-litre oiler gaining an increase in power and torque.
 
“…The PowerPulse system helps to eliminate turbo lag as an electric compressor forces air into the exhaust flow.”
 
Wheels also deemed the XC90 the more comfortable car compared with its two German rivals in the test.
 
“With the [optional] air suspension adding a suppleness and compliance sorely lacking [elsewhere], the D5 is the most comfortable. It deals with bumps with aplomb … suppression of tyre roar and general NVH [noise, vibration and harshness] is the best here, too.”
 
In summary, Wheels magazine said: “As an indulgent family SUV that fulfils its brief, the suave Swede might not be streets ahead but it’s the one you’ll want to buy.”
 
Volvo, SUV, win, comparison Overseas model pictured above

 

Volvo XC40 T4 Inscription v British and Japanese rivals – CarAdvice.com.au, August 2019

The compact luxury SUV space is intensely competitive, filled with a wide range of models from virtually every premium brand that could be mentioned.
 
Yet CarAdvice’s recent comparison test focused on the segment continued a trend for the Volvo XC40 to stand out among its peers.
 
Praise for the Swedish car maker’s smallest SUV started with its ingeniously practical interior, which was created after extensive research into how city dwellers used the insides of their cars.
 
“The XC40 cabin is brimming with small storage spaces so it can cope with even the biggest of in-car hoarders,” said CarAdvice. “Beyond the sizeable console bin, there’s a drawer beneath the driver’s seat and extra-long door pockets enabled by Volvo focusing audio output on a large dash-top speaker rather than big speakers in the doors.”
 
The popular automotive review site commended the XC40’s turbocharged engine for its flexible performance and noted the eight-speed automatic transmission’s ability to pick the right gear for the right time.
 
CarAdvice also appreciated the vehicle’s dynamics, noting its “strong cornering grip” and “excellent vertical body control”, and offered praise for the way the XC40 handles everyday driving.
 
“That light steering is then warmly welcomed in everyday driving, as is the supple and absorptive nature of the XC40 Inscription’s suspension that is exceptional around town to provide the best all-round ride comfort of this group.”
 
Declaring the Volvo XC40 the winner of this comparison, CarAdvice remarked: “Factor in a more practical cabin and boot, a less obtrusive automatic gearbox, a more compliant urban ride, and even a cracking engine if you go for the T5 R-Design, and it quickly becomes clear why Swedish SUVs are so in vogue right now.”
 
 


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