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Buying an SUV

Your Guide to Buying an SUV

SUVs – Sport Utility Vehicles – come in all shapes and sizes. If you’re wondering what to look for in a SUV, explore advice from Volvo here.

Buying an SUV

Many families across Australia have an SUV in their garage, but as a potential owner that does not mean it is simple deciding which one to choose. The best option is to first understand what an SUV is as a vehicle and what they are meant to do before then deciding on a specific manufacturer and nameplate.

Whether it is the size of your family, your budget limitations, lifestyle requirements, or some other factor, buying an SUV often leads to much deliberation. We are here to help simplify the process.
What is a sports utility vehicle

What is a sport utility vehicle?

An SUV is a vehicle that has a higher ride height and taller body than your average passenger car. Many SUVs power their front wheels only to the benefit of fuel efficiency, though most are available with four-wheel drive to aid off-road driving. SUVs usually have increased towing capacity and greater head space compared with the average car. This category of vehicles can be broken down into compact SUVs, mid-size SUVs, full-size SUVs, crossovers (half hatchback/half SUV), seven-seat SUVs, luxury SUVs, as well as hybrid SUVs.

What to consider when buying an SUV?

As with any vehicle, practicality is a good place to start when deciding whether to buy a Volvo SUV. Do you have a family? Will you be towing motorbikes, other lifestyle equipment, trailers, or farm machinery? Do you need a large boot, and flexible folding seats? How many passengers do you ideally want to be able to accommodate?

Are you looking to buy a vehicle that will just get the family to and from school drop-off and work each day, or do you need an all-wheel-drive vehicle with high ground clearance that can take the family and all its luggage on long, adventurous road trips – such as to the Snowy Mountains or Victorian Alps during the winter?

The answer to such questions will help determine the size of SUV you ideally need. The bigger the towing requirements, or the bigger the number of occupants you need to fit, the larger the SUV – and typically the stronger the engine – is desirable, if not essential.

If the vehicle is just for you, or a couple, and you don’t intend to drive on anything but sealed roads, you could consider a smaller, front-wheel drive SUV that would be easier for parking and more fuel efficient. Or even a wagon. 

Or perhaps you desire a luxury SUV – such as the Volvo XC90, Volvo XC60 or Volvo XC40 – that offer high levels of quality, comfort and technology.

Understanding your essential requirements of an SUV will help you to find your perfect sport utility vehicle.

Interior features
White Volvo XC90
Refined strength, elegantly crafted

This purpose-built SUV was designed with the modern family in mind, leading us to innovations like the XC90’s T8 Twin Engine and City Safety Features. We’ve even rethought the journey for your little loved ones, with an Integrated Booster Seat that folds up and down with very little fuss.

Pine Grey Volvo XC60
Swedish heart, SUV soul

Our thoughtful balance of exceptional design, performance and efficiency has seen the XC60 evolve into Australia’s most awarded luxury SUV in 2018. The XC60’s touch screen centre display and power-operated tailgate are just two examples of our considered, contemporary design.

Dynamic and sporty

The R-Design expresses the sporty soul of your Volvo XC40 Compact SUV, with a glossy black colour theme and large allow wheels. The interior features R-Design seats, a sport steering wheel with optional gearshift paddles and the charcoal headliner.