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2017 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD(1189)

2017 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD

By Vince Bodiford

Overview:

This is the 2017 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD diesel direct injection engine.
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… But – you won’t find Volvo on that list. But you will find quality and safety in a Volvo.

General Information:

It is assembled in Ghent, Belgium; Parts – US/Canadian 1%, Belgium 30%, Sweden 20%; Engine – Sweden; Transmission – Japan; Classification is Small SUV. Cars from Volvo: S60, S80, S90, V60, V90, V90 Cross Country, XC60, XC70 & XC 90.

Opinion / Observation:

While driving in the fast lane on a highway of two or more lanes in each direction, and folks are passing you on the right you might consider moving out of the fast lane into one more suited for your chosen rate of travel. Another way to put it is “if you are not passing cars on your right that might be the correct lane to be in… or if people are flipping you off it’s a good indicator that you might be day dreaming or putting on your makeup or other activities that distract you from driving responsibly.

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Handling & Performance:

Always a delightful driving experience. It is one of the few cars that just get it done in luxury without all the pomp and ceremony of some ‘bloviating’ brands. I have my list of over-inflated opinions of the products being sold, and I’m guessing you have yours.

Styling:

It just gets better looking every time I test drive one, usually every couple of years.

Fit and Finish:

Very well assembled. Historically Volvo has been known for its quality.

Cost:

Competitive in class.

Conveniences and comfort:

With optional On Call services you can create a wifi hotspot in the car to connect smartphone, laptop etc., to the internet. However, without On Call services you can still use your smartphone with Bluethooth / wifi to connect to all Sensus Connect functions.
You can disconnect from home and reconnect on the road. Very cool.

Consumer Recommendations:

Consider going on line and input the link above for the list of the 10 most expensive cars to own and drive. For me, the initial cost is only the beginning and you truly must consider the cost to keep it running. In youth I heard the joke about going to buy a new car (in the top 10 list of the most expensive to buy) and the salesman brought out a very old ratty car to test drive. When asked why he simply said “because this is the car you’ll be driving most of the time”. Seriously, check out the competition an steer clear of trouble down the line.

Warranty is marginally best on the Volvo and the Lincoln and fuel economy is very close across the board..

Recognized Competition:

Volvo XC60 T6 $47,000, Jaguar F-Pace $47,000, BMW X4 $46,000, Acura RDX $43,000, Porsche Macan $49,000, Lincoln MKC $47,000, Buick Envision $42,000, Acura RDX $42,000.

Good News:

Quality, Safety are watchwords for Volvo for a very long time, is at the top of the fuel economy with ranges of all competitors being 23 to 28 mpg.

Bad News:

n/a.

Standard Equipment:

2.0 liter Supercharged and Turbocharged 302 hp engine, ULEV (ultra low emission vehicle), 8-speed auto trans, AWD with instant traction, traction and roll stability controls, ready alert ABS brake system with brake distribution and power assist, power assisted steering, 19” alloy wheels, Sensus with integrated 7” color LCD monitor, 160 watt audio system with 8-speakers, in dash single CD with WMA and MP3 capability, Bluetooth with audio streaming, Sirius radio 6-month subscription, Volvo On Call with 6-months subscription, smart phone apps with engine remote start, Sensus Navigation system, laminated panoramic sunroof with power sunshade, leather seating, 8-way power front seats with 3-position driver memory, keyless entry and push button start/stop, power operated tailgate, adaptive digital TFT Display, low speed collision avoidance system, dront side and side curtain airbags, whiplash protection system in front seats, Unibody high strength steel safety cage, LATCH child safety system with rear door locks, tire pressure monitor, rear park assist camera, Cross Traffic alert.

Gas Stats:

$2.89/ Gal avg. May 8, 2017

www.fueleconomy.gov
for more information.

20 City and 27 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $46,350.

2017 Volvo S60 T5 AWD Dynamic (1173)

Overview:
This is the 2017 Volvo S60 T5 AWD Dynamic. Here is what Volvo says: “If you’re the type of driver who loves a sporty look and an energetic ride, the S60 Dynamic was designed just for you. With a bold exterior, Dual Xenon headlights, a power glass moon roof, leather sport seats and a host of other great standard features at an outstanding value, you’ll enjoy driving this self-confident Volvo sedan”.

That is all pretty accurate as a highlight overview by the marketing department. But whether or not you are a devoted fan of Volvo cars it is one of the premiere cars that has been around since 1927. Most know it is Swedish.

I, like you, are likely to be impressed by the fact that it is a Swedish company that brings it to us. But most important, in my experience over the years, is that it not only is respected as a fine machine, there are those subtle ooos and aaaas – “oh a Volvo”…. Nice. That makes an impression.
General Information: It is assembled in Ghent, Belgium; Parts – U.S./Canadian 1%, Sweden 30%, Belgium 20%, Engine – Sweden and Transmission – Japan. Classification is Compact. Cars from Volvo: XC90, XC70, XC60, S60, S80, S90, V60, V90.

Handling & Performance:
Very good all-wheel drive control, confident handling in the twists and turns of the mountain course. Adaptive cruise is outstanding.

Styling:
Uniquely Volvo, mostly because of the consistent grillwork design.

Fit and Finish:
No complaints on assembly. Well done.

Cost:
Very competitive pricing.

Conveniences and comfort:
Ok, so I have a bone to pick with car makers who make things more complicated than need be in the operation of our new car. We have just become acquainted with the features of our old car and knew where everything was. Well for me it is more noticeable because I change cars every week. What you realize is that some cars are pretty much the same in how the features can be used – but then some, like this Volvo, are not as intuitive as I demand. If I wanted to wade through the operation manual after all my years of driving thousands of cars I wouldn’t push back. Really, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Here’s how I judge how well the manufacturer has anticipated my expectations in operation. If I can’t make it work without the aid of the manual and doing 70 mph I’m not a happy camper.

What I haven’t figured out is the level of difficulty just a matter of how differently the Swedes think, or have they reacted to the feedback from consumers to go in the direction they have in design? Specifically, the features control requires a lot of “eyes off the road” to operate them. That simply isn’t ok with me. I simply want to get into the car push the start button and go. I don’t what to spend time in the driveway setting all the controls. Perhaps the Swedes who design the controls are laid back and do pre-flight like we used to do in the Navy before we stepped into the plane. Then we spent even more time checking every switch and knob before we lifted off into the sky. Hey, I’m just going a mile or two ….

Hands Free Phone: I have been unable to find out why the volume of the hands free feature is poor. If anyone has an answer, please email me and if others are experiencing the same problem we can tell Volvo about it.

Consumer Recommendation:
You have choices and that competition between providers is what makes all products better all the time. As you test drive new cars you will be impressed with most of what a Volvo car is. It is first cabin and top quality all around. I’m confident you’ll give it an A rating. . . in spite of the control thing-ee.

Recognized Competition:
Volvo S60 $36,000, Acura ILX $36,000, Audi A3 $35,000, Cadillac ATS $38,000, BMW 3 Series $34,000, Lexus IS $41,000, Mercedes Benz CLA $34,000.

Good News:
Best fuel economy in this segment, priced well, very comfortable ride and plenty of power.

Bad News:
Features control more complicated than it should be.

Standard Equipment:
2.0 liter 240 hp turbo-charged engine, ultra low emission vehicle, 8-speed auto trans, Start / Stop engine technology, all wheel drive with instant traction, stability control, traction control through torque vectoring, power assisted rack and pinion steering, electronic brake distribution, ABS braking with ready alert brakes, 18” alloy wheels, navigation with 7” color LCD monitor, audio system with 8-speakers, in dash single CD with WMA and MP3, HD radio, USB & Auxilary inputs, Bluetooth hands free with audio streaming, Sirius radio and Sensus Connect with WiFi hotspot and Volvo On-Call (6 mos. Complimentary), smart phone apps for engine remote start, collision avoidance system, front airbage, side curtain and side impact protection system, driver and front passenger dual chamber side impact airbags, whiplash protection system, child safety locks/ rear doors, LATCH child system, tire pressure monitor, leather seating, 8-way power driver seat with memory, leather wrapped tilt and telescopic steering wheel, dual zone climate control, electron ignition with push button start, heated power mirrors, 60/40 folding rear seats, power foldable rear seat headrests.

Gas Stats:
$2.69 Gal avg. December 25, 2016

www.fueleconomy.gov
for more information.
23 City and 31 Highway MPG

(best fuel economy of the competition noted)
Pricing:
MSRP $35,950.

2016 Volvo V60 Station Wagon AWD T5 (1166)

Overview:

This is the 2016 Volvo V60 Station Wagon. Right off the bat….. 5 reasons for buying a V60:

1.) Turbocharged 5-cylinder engine
2.) All wheel drive traction
3.) Great features
4.) Family / luxury combo.
5.) It’s a Volvo.

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General Information: It is assembled in Gothenburg, Sweden; Parts U.S./Canadian 1%, Sweden 43%, Germany17%, Engine – Sweden and Transmission – Japan. Classification is Small Station Wagon. Cars from Volvo: XC90, XC70, XC60, S60, S80, S90, V60, V90

Handling & Performance:

This V60 delivers a solid ride all around. Some may be put off by the stiff steering but on the other hand it gives road feel and feedback that will be appreciated by many. The 5-cylinder turbocharged 250 HP engine may encourage a heavy foot on the pedal for it’s exhilarating acceleration. But that will cost in fuel consumption of course which isn’t bad at 20-28 mpg for those who use the turbo sparingly. BUT, it is fantastic to have the power when you need that burst of speed and acceleration.

0-60 mph is in the mid-5 second range.

Instant Traction AWD is a system that allows all drive wheels to be locked for maximum traction from the moment you start the engine. Under normal driving conditions 95% of the drive power goes to the front wheels and 5% to the rear wheels. This traction feature splits the power more evenly for best traction.

Styling:

Classic Volvo styling from Swedish designers who also build in great safety features. They have designed and marketed to give the perception that it is safer than other cars. I don’t know about that but it feels that way too.

Fit and Finish:

Excellent.

Cost:

Some may see the price as expensive while others will see it as an investment because of the perception of the consumer generally that this car will be around for a long time.

Conveniences and comfort:

The features list below is impressively good, even though in this price segment of the market such technology is somewhat expected.

Consumer Recommendation:

I’ve always had good experience with Volvo cars which goes back longer than I care to admit… but for the more than a decade that I was in the auto repair business it is important to note that those cars you don’t see much is more telling than those you do see a lot. Volvo is one of those cars we didn’t see all that often. Those we did see all the time include, BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Fiat, Jaguar to name but a few of the constant ‘offenders’ to the wallet.film The Lost City of Z 2017 streaming

Recognized Competition:

Volvo V60 Wagon $41,000, BMW 3 Series $44,000, Audi A3 Sportback e-tron $39,000, Audi Allroad $46,000, Subaru Outback $32,000.

Good News:

Good fuel economy, solid ride, very good array of features, Platinum package adds about $3,700 that includes a host of features I particularly care a lot for.

Bad News:

Upper end of the Budget for most.

Standard Equipment:

2.5 liter 250 hp turbo-charged 5-cylinder engine, ultra low emission vehicle, 6-speed auto trans, all wheel drive with instant traction, stability control, hill descent control, traction control through torque vectoring, power assisted rack and pinion steering, electronic brake distribution, 18” alloy wheels, navigation with 7” color LCD monitor, 160 watt audio system with 8-speakers, in dash single CD with WMA and MP3, HD radio, USB & Auxilary inputs, Bluetooth hands free with audio streaming, Sirius radio and Sensus Connect and Volvo On-Call (6 mos. Complimentary), in-car WiFi Hotspot, smart phone apps for engine remote start, collision avoidance system, front airbage, side curtain and side impact protection system, driver and front passenger dual chamber side impact airbags, whiplash protection system, security system with back-up batteryt for siren, rear cargo cover, child safety locks/ rear doors, tire pressure monitor, rear park assist, 8-way power driver seat with memory, power passenger seat, electronic ignition with push button start & stop, leather & silk metal steering wheel, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, electronic parking brake, dual zone climate control, heated power mirrors, 40/20/40 flat folding seats, power foldable rear seat headrests, rain sensing wipers, power retractable exterior mirrors.

Gas Stats:

$2.69 Gal avg. November 5, 2016

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

20 City and 28 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $41,000.

Your comments are welcomed. My e-mail is joe@autolove.com
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2016 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription FWD (1146)

Overview:

This is the 2016 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription FWD 4-door sedan. Volvo has always been a great conservative family car and increasingly it has become a car of distinction in design as well as quality.

You’ve got to admire the marketing departments who develop how the consumer perceives the brand. Family and friends tell me they see the Volvo brand as a car that implies responsible owners and drivers. Surely the serious family person is more concerned on how a car fits the need of the family as opposed to driver’s desire to look cool. How often do you hear someone say “you’d look good in that car”? Better you’d consider how good you make the car look.

General Information: It is assembled in Chengdu, China; Parts – US/Canadian 1%, China 60%, Japan 10%; Engine – China; Transmission – Japan; Classification is Compact. Cars from Volvo: S60, S80, S90, V60, XC60, XC70 & XC 90.

Handling & Performance:

Simply put Volvo is always a delightful driving experience and one of my favorites. And this car delivers better than average performance as well as fuel economy which is among the best in class.

Styling:

Volvo, for as long as I can remember, has given the impression it is a safe car to drive. Today Subaru is trying to establish the same perception for their brand. It works for me. I want a car from a company who emphasizes safety.

Volvo styling is also very identifiable on the highway. The grill has that diagonal chrome strip on it that is unique to Volvo. That is also the case with very large Volvo commercial trucks and that diagonal effect is unmistakably Volvo.

Fit and Finish:

Volvo is very attentive to the finer details of assembly. Well done.

Cost:

Competitive in class.

Conveniences and comfort:

I’m a real stickler on ease of use of any feature and I was mildly disappointed that the electronics were not as intuitive as they could be, of course, in my opinion. I know I could adapt but I’d rather see improvement by the company.

This is just a general comment and surely only a suggestion to Volvo to look at other brands more closely to make things more user friendly and intuitive.

I also think they could have done a better job with storage, or cubby-holes and catch-all’s for the driver in particular.

But something that doesn’t need improvement is the Adaptive or Smart Cruise Control. That feature is among the best on any car. This is one of the better adaptations of the feature in that you can literally stop and start in traffic without touching the gas or brake. It is smooth and sure. For me it takes the stress out of driving.

Consumer Recommendations:

When you consider the cost of auto ownership most people look closely. Owning an automotive repair shop for more than a decade I can say we didn’t see all that many Volvos in for repair. But below is an interesting list of cars we did see a lot of for repairs.

Consider a list of the 10 most expensive cars to own and drive

Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series6. Audi A8 L W122. Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG7. Chevrolet Corvette ZR13. Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG8. Porsche Cayenne Turbo S4. Audi R89. BMW M6 Convertible5. Porsche 911 Convertible10. Mercedes-Benz CLS63 A

Read more: http://www.bankrate.com/finance/auto/10-most-expensive-cars-to-own-and-drive-1.aspx#ixzz3xX9RQ6Kz

Recognized Competition:

Volvo S60 T5 $35,000, Audi A3 $35,000, BMW 3-Series $34,000, Cadillac ATS $36,000, Mercedes Benz CLA $35,000, Lexus IS $38,000, Mercedes C Class $37,000, Acura ILX $36,000.

Good News:

Very good fuel economy, solid comfortable ride, distinctively attractive styling and among the best smart cruise control features available.

Bad News:

Technology interface was disappointing and driver storage area could be improved.

Standard Equipment:

2.0 liter Turbocharged 240 hp engine, ULEV (ultra low emission vehicle), 8-speed auto trans, start/stop engine technology, traction and stability control, electronic power steering, brake distribution, navigation with 7” color monitor, HD audio with 8-speakers, in dash CD with MMA and MP3 capability, USB and AUX input, bluetoot with audio streaming, Sirius radio, in car WiFi hotspot, smart phone apps with engine remote start, low speed collision avoidance system, advanced airbag system, LATCH child safety system, tire pressure monitor, sunroof, leather seating, 8-way power front seats with driver memory, keyless entry and push button start/stop, electronic parking brake, dual zone climate control, heated power mirrors, 60/40 split folding rear seat, rain sensing wipers, rear power sunshade, rear park assist and backup camera, factory scheduled maintenance for 3 yrs or 36,000 miles.

Gas Stats:

$2.95/ Gal avg. June 25, 2016

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

26 City and 37 Highway MPG292

Pricing:

MSRP $39,000.

2016 Volvo XC90 (1115)

Overview:

2016 Volvo XC90 – one giant leap to the front of the luxury mid-size SUV pack

Excerpt from a review by colleague Vince Bodiford www.theweekenddrive.com

It’s amazing what $11-billion in cash will enable a company like Volvo to produce. That infusion came from Volvo’s owner, Zhejiang Geely Holdings of China – but make no mistake, the all-new Volvo XC90 is a pure and high dose of Swedish design and thinking. Volvo is pretty good at keeping true to itself regardless of ownership status – some of the best models from Volvo came during the Ford ownership era – including the original XC90 itself, and the retracting hardtop C70.

Built in Torslanda, Sweden, this new XC90 is one giant leap to very front of the luxury mid-size SUV pack. It’s #1 on the US News & World Report ranking of SUV’s in the segment, followed by Lexus RX.

The 2016 XC90 is a totally new vehicle from the ground up. It is available in three trims: Momentum, Inscription and R-Design. Each offers a unique personality with visually distinctive exterior and interior styling treatments plus different levels of individual features.

  • Momentum will likely be the most popular XC90 to meet the needs of most luxury SUV customers.
  • Inscription (tested) adds exclusive luxury features that focus on craftsmanship, comfort and elegance.
  • R-Design is for those who seek a more sporty, dynamic and expressive SUV with increased visual appeal and an enhanced attitude.

General Information: It is assembled in Torslanda, Sweden; Classification is Midsize Luxury Cars. Cars from Volvo: XC90, XC70, XC60, S60, S80, V60

Handling & Performance:

All XC90s feature a state-of-the-art 2.0-liter four-cylinder supercharged and turbocharged engine that puts out a strong 316 horsepower and stout 295 lb.-ft. of torque between 2,200 rpm and 4,500 rpm. This compact powerplant design contributes to impressive fuel economy, reduced emissions and agile handling.

A supercharger adds torque in low and medium speeds until the turbocharger takes over. The supercharger is then disengaged to help reduce friction and improve efficiency.

Styling:

The XC90’s all-new interior is truly a Scandinavian sanctuary, and is the most luxurious ever created for a Volvo. Developed according to the “Designed Around You” strategy, emphasis is placed on the driver and passenger’s needs. Since the new XC90 will be popular with families, attention was focused on passenger comfort, including those riding in the second and third rows, clever use of space, versatility and ease of use.

With the rare opportunity to create a completely new vehicle on a new platform, Volvo’s designers gave the XC90 great proportions. One area seen as the real measurement of luxury vehicles is called the “dash-to-front axle.” The longer space between the A-pillar and front wheel arch helps to create the impression of a more luxurious vehicle.

Another important aspect of the design was to ensure a recognizable and memorable “face” for the XC90. The powerful front appearance sets the tone by distinguishing itself from competitors while proudly announcing that this is a Volvo. Designers focused on key elements including lighting and grille.

LED daytime running lights are evocative of “Thor’s Hammer” presenting a unique and memorable design element. The grille and Ironmark including the signature diagonal slash, have been proportioned for a larger grille. Lower fascia character lines add drama to the visual appeal and help form a confident personality.

Cost:

XC90 T6 AWD Momentum: $48,900

XC90 T6 AWD Inscription (tested): $54,500

XC90 T6 AWD R-Design: $52,900

Conclusion: I’ve been impressed with the Volvo XC90 since the first model, and this all-new XC90 is head and shoulders above and better in every way. It probably contains as much computing and sensors as the Space Shuttle, but in a package that’s down-to-earth for everyone to use and enjoy. It’s comfortable and attractive, and is easily among the top contenders in the midsize luxury SUV segment.

Recognized Competition:

Lexus RX/GX, Porsche Cayenne, BMW X5, Audi Q7, Mercedes-Benz ML/GL, Acura MDX, Infinity QX60/70, GMC Acadia Denali, Land Rover Range Rover Sport.

Good News:

Shockingly gorgeous and comfortable cabin. Volvo is already famous for their comfortable seats, but now you can add the whole interior to their list of conquests. A large amount of features and content for the price.

Bad News:

The lane-keeping and front collision avoidance features were confusing and caused a lack of confidence if they were working, on or off. Settings and controlling these features was complicated and confusing at first, but became easier.

Gas Stats:

$2.99 Gal avg. November 20, 2015

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

20 City and 25 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $49 -53,000.

2013 Volvo S60T6 AWD R (972)

Overview: 
This week we’re looking at the 2013 Volvo S60T6 AWD R. I had not been in a Volvo since 2006. I’m sorry for that because I try so hard to look at all the cars but there are more cars than there are weeks available.

Volvo has always presented the image of quality and safety and that is a popular correct need for today’s consumers. Growing up in the 50s, 60s and 70s it was enough that the car had 4 wheels and an engine that actually ran. A little bailing wire and chewing gum would keep it together and then along came Duct Tape to replace the bailing wire and chewing gum.

The first thing I noticed is that it was BLUE and I mean BLUE… bright and although it would not be the color I would select I’m guessing marketing thought otherwise. And it is reminiscent of the blue in the Swedish flag. Perhaps that’s what inspired the color for this S60. Looks great on the flag, I must admit.

General Information:

It is assembled in Ghent, Belgium. Classification is Compact. Cars from Volvo: C-30, C70, S40, S-60, S-80, V50, XC-60, XC-70 & XC-90.

Opinion and Observations:

Would someone explain why indentations were made in the surface of the highway as dividing markers… thump, thump, thump…. Ok, so it’s good to have a reminder that you are crossing over the line to change lanes. Sometimes folks drift and it is a good reminder you are going astray.

However the idiot’s who thought up the idea of carving those immovable indentations should be fired. Stupid is, stupid does. Why, because CalTrams failed to think ahead at the obvious since they are constantly changing the placement of the lanes and therefore those indentations ground out of the cement are a nuisance to millions of drivers when those indentations end up in lanes when the original lanes are moved.

Only government can be so stupid. Private industry must not make such mistakes since it cost the company … unaccountable government spends YOUR money and so they don’t give a damn. Shame on them.

Handling & Performance:

Great ride. I tested this Blue Volvo in the state of Oregon, with snow, sleet and rain which is so common to the Pacific Northwest. The all wheel drive feature gave me and my wife a great deal of comfort in such conditions. It is a powerful sedan and seats 4 large adults comfortably.

If you are impressed with quick passing speed on the highway, you’ll love this turbo charged 325 horsepower 6-cylinder engines performance. Impressively and effortlessly smooth.

Styling:

Distinctively Volvo. Unmistakable in a world of “generic” designs that are all too common.

Fit and Finish:

Very good.

Cost:

MSRP of $43,900 is priced at what I expected.

Conveniences and comfort:

There is a ton of great features for today’s needs… or at least wants . . . ok it’s not a ton but you know what I mean. Volvo is typically a comfortable car and this S 60 was no exception. It is a super comfortable car which is most notable on long drives and our travel around Oregon was long enough to notice there was an absence of even thinking whether or not you were comfortable.

Consumer Recommendation:

This Volvo is in good company and among some other great cars. That means your job of deciding which is the best choice for you and where to spend your transportation dollars will be challenging. Volvo has a long history and also is a company that emphasizes safety and that will resonate in a huge way with young families looking for the safest car in today’s world. Volvo has a near cult following in the area of safety and that gives the Volvo an edge in this market. Ask the crash dummy.

Recognized Competition:

Volvo S60 $43,000, Acura RL $48,000, Acura TL $36,000, Audi A4 $33,000, BMW 335i $45,000, Buick Regal $33,000, Cadillac ATS $48,000, Cadillac CTS $50,000, Chrysler 300 $36,000, Hyundai Azera $32,000, Infiniti G Sedan $39,000, Lexus ES 350  $36,000, Lexus GS 350 AWD $50,000, Lincoln MKS $45,000, Mercedes Benz C-Class $39,000, Nissan Maxima SV $36,000, Volkswagen CC $42,000, Volkswagen Passat SEL $34,000.

Good News:

Long history for safety, fast turbo, super comfortable in class and great safety and driving assist features.

Bad News:

None noted

Standard Equipment:

3.0 liter 325 HP turbo charged 6-cylinder engine, CTV – continuous variable valve timing, 6-speed auto trans, all wheel drive, dynamic stability control, with corner traction control, speed sensitive steering, ventilated 4-wheel disc brakes with electronic brake distribution and assist, 18” alloy wheels, leather seating, with aluminum inlay and sport pedals, front side and side curtain airbags, adjustable steering wheel, LATCH system, driver information system, security system with back up battery for siren, tire pressure monitoring, foglights, power glass moon roof, 7” color monitor, power seats, keyless entry and push button start/stop, power heated mirrors, Bluetooth hands free phone, climate control, 60/40 split folding rear seat, tilt steering column, audio with CD, MP3, HD Radio, USB and AUX inputs, Sirius satellite radio.

Gas Stats:

$3.93/ Gal avg. April 5, 2013

www.fueleconomy.gov

For more information.

18 City and 25 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $43,900.
Your comments are welcomed. My e-mail is joe@atthewheel.com

2013 Volvo S80 (941)

Overview:

This week Vince Bodiford, www.theweekenddrive.com and publisher for many of Sun Media’s newspapers is helping us take a look at the 2013 Volvo S80

It is an all-new flagship of the Volvo fleet.

Volvo cars are pretty high on my list of favorite cars, and at the top of the Volvo line is the S80, a premium luxury sedan that offers a smart combination of comfort, dynamic performance, high-tech infotainment and off-the-chart safety. The 2013 model is the all-new flagship of the Volvo fleet, and a solid consideration in the luxury segment. It’s big, safe and easy to drive. It delivers comfort to a level that no rival in the price range can match.

There’s a wide range of model choices, including the S80 3.2 and T6 AWD in base, Premier Plus and Platinum trims. The Platinum trim level includes features of Premier Plus while adding the Volvo Premium Sound System with Dolby Pro-Logic II Surround Sound, 12 premium speakers and 650-watts. Also included is a Navigation System with Voice Control and map care plus a rear park assist camera.

Two new features debut on the Technology Package, available on all S80 models. Active High Beam automatically switches the headlights to low beam when opposite traffic is detected. Road Sign Information displays traffic speed signs for the driver on the instrument cluster based on the Forward Looking Camera. The package also includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist, Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake, Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake, Distance Alert, Driver Alert Control and Lane Departure Warning.

The Dynamic Package, offered for all T6 AWD trims, gains new 18-inch forged five-spoke alloy wheels in Silver Bright finish and a sport 3-spoke leather steering wheel. Additional package features include Sanded Silver inlays, dynamic sport seating, with a choice of Blonde or Off-Black leather, and a Sport Chassis for crisper response via a lower ride height, shorter and firmer springs, modified shock damping, firmer anti-roll bars and stiffer subframe bushings.

An Inscription Package (tested), available on all T6 AWD trims, raises the comfort bar. It includes a leather-covered dashboard, featuring elegant stitch work, in either Espresso Brown with Soft Beige stitching. Sovereign Hide soft leather seating has the “Inscription” brand embroidered onto the front and rear headrests. The package also includes ventilated front seats, Inscription doorsill plates and floor mats, Classic Walnut Wood steering wheel and a leather center armrest cover. Another package is the Executive model, which is more like a personal limousine.

Volvo’s reputation as a very safe vehicle is well-deserved. Standard S80 safety systems include City Safety, a world-first technology that made its debut on the Volvo XC60. City Safety is a driver support system aimed at preventing or mitigating collisions with a vehicle ahead occurring at speeds of 31 mph or less. It utilizes a closing velocity sensor to help determine whether a collision is likely. Depending on the closing speed, City Safety will either pre-charge the brakes or automatically brake the S80 to help avoid a rear-end collision or lessen its impact.

The S80 3.2’s naturally aspirated six-cylinder engine delivers 240-hp with ULEV II emissions rating or 230-hp with PZEV (Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle) rating. The T6 AWD’s 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine (tested) develops 300-hp and 325 lb.-ft. of torque. The T6 AWD is capable of 0-60 mph in just 6.3 seconds. The S80 T6 AWD is fitted with Volvo’s All-Wheel Drive with Instant Traction for excellent grip on wet, slippery or completely dry roads.

All S80s are equipped with a six-speed “Geartronic” transmission that lets the driver select fully automatic operation or shift manually when desired. A new gearshift knob includes illuminated drive modes for added convenience. A Sport Mode makes its debut exclusively on T6 AWD models to further enhance the sporty driving character.

Pricing starts at $38,950 and ranging up to $46,800 (T6 AWD Inscription, tested). The S80 is covered by Volvo’s standard factory warranty. Rivals include the Audi A6, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Lexus ES-350, BMW 5-Series and others. For more information, see you local Volvo dealer or visit VolvoCars.com

Recognized Competition:

Volvo S80 $39,000, Acura RL $48,000, Audi A6 $42,000, BMW 5-series $43,000, Cadillac CTS $39,000, Cadillac XTS $44,000, Chrysler 300 $28,000, Hyundai Genesis $34,000, Infiniti M $48,000, Lexus GS $47,000, Lexus GS 450h $59,000, Lincoln MKS $43,000, Mercedes-Benz E-Class $56,000, Volkswagen Passat $33,000.

Gas Stats:

$4.03/ Gal avg. Sept. 20, 2012

www.fueleconomy.gov

For more information.

20 City and 29 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $38,950.

Your comments are welcomed. My e-mail is joe@atthewheel.com
Copyright © 2012 – An Automotive Love Affair

2007 Volvo S80 Sedan (628)

Overview:

This week we’re looking at the new for 2007 Volvo S80 from my associate Vince Bodiford’s point of view. Herewith, Vince’s edited review.

It first occurred to me while driving on a long stretch of desert roadway in Nevada. Much like what I said of the Volvo C70 being two cars in one – the all-new 2007 Volvo S80 is certainly three cars in one.

The first is an elegant European saloon, with comfortable soft ride, supple interior and light steering feel.

The second is a spirited luxury sport saloon with balanced chassis stiffness, responsive handling and quick throttle.

The third is a surprising luxury performance saloon – with the touch of a button, advanced chassis settings and heavy steering transforms that same elegant European saloon into an aggressive machine quite capable of keeping up with rivals Audi A6, BMW 5-Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and even the venerable Lexus GS. All at a much more attractive price in the newest styling package of the lot.

The all new Volvo S80 is the flagship of the Volvo sedan line, a completely new luxury car with elegant styling, two highly sophisticated new engine choices, a long list of breakthrough safety technologies and a premium driving experience – all packaged in an aura of  ‘Scandinavian luxury.’

Volvo anticipates sales of about 50,000 new S80 cars annually.  North America will be the largest market.

 General Info:

Parts – n/a

Assembly – Sweden

Class: – Large

Cars: – C70, S40, S60, S80, V50, V70, XC70 and XC90.

Handling & Performance:

All of Volvo’s V8’s are equipped with the electronically controlled All-Wheel-Drive, while the I6 S80 is front-wheel drive. Despite its relatively small size (4.4 liters), the V8 engine was first introduced in the 2006 Volvo XC90. It produces exemplary horsepower (311 bhp) and torque (325 lb. /ft.); with exceptional drivability (273 lb. /ft. of torque is available from 2000 rpm). With an extensive use of aluminum, the weight of the new engine is relatively quite low, which contributes to premium ride characteristics, handling and fuel economy.

The valve train features Variable Cam Timing (VCT) and Cam Profile Switching (CPS) to control valve lift and duration on the inlet side – two key elements in providing the engine with excellent flexibility. CPS determines valve lift; the VCT system controls duration over a wide range of operation.

Styling:

With its clean, elegant lines and dynamic profile, the second generation Volvo S80 is the same overall length as its predecessor at 191 inches, but it is both slightly wider and taller. Its wheelbase is also longer and the track is wider. The generous interior space includes a wide range of intelligently designed functions, an ultra-slim centre console, one of the world’s best audio systems and a strong Scandinavian influence where every detail has been meticulously designed according to form and function.

The sweeping lines of the exterior are echoed in the car’s interior. As with the exterior, the accented contours are really two parallel lines that create a pronounced edge or profile. The same design language is found again in the door panels. Another consistent theme inside the car is the rectangular shape with rounded corners that characterizes freestanding functions such as the ignition lock and air vents. Every detail has been meticulously designed in form and function and is optimally positioned to provide an ergonomic and comfortable driver’s environment – an important prerequisite for safe, alert yet relaxed, driving.

Cost:

All New Volvo S80 3.2 I6 priced from $38,705

All New Volvo S80 V8 priced from $47,350

Consumer Recommendation:

‘Scandinavian luxury’, the company believes, is the opposite of traditional luxury. Rather than encouraging elitism based on cost and exclusivity, ‘Scandinavian luxury’ is a new, more human value derived from the combination of aesthetics and technology in a way that is inviting, intelligent and accessible. ‘Scandinavian luxury’ will appeal to individuals who value intelligent functionality and personal responsibility as well as aesthetics and prestige.

Recognized Competition:

Cadillac STS $42-75,000, Mercedes Benz E-Class $51-85,000, Audi A6 $42-55,000, Jaguar S-Type $48-63,000, Saab 9-5 $34,370, Lexus GS $44-52,000, Acura RL $46-53,000.

2006 Volvo C70 Convertible (625)

Overview:

This week we’re looking at the reintroduced Volvo C70 Convertible for 2006. It’s been a roller coaster ride with introduction in 1998 with a fixed top and soft top convertible. They dropped the coupe in ’03 but continued the rag top in ’04, it went into hibernation in ’05 and emerged in 06. Sounds like some women I know.

Well, there is also a 2007 model with only minor changes not worth talking about. But what is worth talking about is that this is a really nice convertible. I wonder about the technical difficulties that may surface with the hard convertible top, but as is it is wonderfully easy and precise – as you’d expect from the Sweeeds.

General Info:

Parts – Sweden – 21%, Germany – 18%, US/Canadian .3%

Assembly – Gothenburg, Sweden

Class: – Sub Compact

Cars: – C70, S40,S60, S80, V50, V70, XC70 and XC 90

Handling & Performance:

Really excellent in the turns. Top down, heater on, let it snow. And this is no slouch in 0-60 mph in about 7 seconds. Speed sensitive power steering is exceptional in feel and function.

Styling:

Very special in look and feel. The added steel supports and unibody construction gives the car an exceptionally solid feel uncharacteristic with many other convertibles. The retractible hardtop is totally power driven with one button control for up and down. Fantastic.

Fit and Finish:

Excellent

Cost:

A little pricey, but this is a fine automobile.

Conveniences and comfort:

This lady is well endowed.

Consumer Recommendation:

Consider the ‘06 model because there were only minor changes in ’07 and you’ll be able to deal a little better – assuming there are any left when you go hunting. But there isn’t a lot in the category so you won’t be overwhelmed with testing.

Recognized Competition:

Volvo C70 $38,710, BMW 3 Series $31-45,000, Audi TT $34-47,000, Jaguar XK Series $75-92,000, Mercedes Benz CLK-Class $46-89,000 and Audi A4 $28-47,000.

Good News:

Beautifully designed convertible, very comfortable, handles great and even with the top down and stowed in the trunk there is a decent cargo cubby hole that will take a good sized suit case.

Standard Equipment:

2.5 liter Inline 5 cylinder 218 horsepower turbocharged engine with variable valve timing, 6 speed manual transmission, front wheel drive, independent supspension with anti-roll bars front and rear, 4-wheel power ABS disc brakes with electronic brake distribution, speed dependent power steering, 17 inch alloy wheels, dynamic stability traction control, roll over protection system with pop up rear roll bars, driver information system, extra strength steel supports, uni-body construction, front and side air bags, engine immobilizer anti theft ignition with coded keys, child seat anchors, fog lights, power retractible steel hardtop, power front seats, leather inserts seating serfaces, locking rear seat pass through, climate control, trip computer and cruise control, power windows with auto up and down, heated rear glass window

Gas Stats:

$2.43/ Gal avg.

20 City and 29 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $38,710.

2006 Volvo S-40 T5 (602)

Overview:

This week we’re looking at the 2006 Volvo S-40 T-5 (5-cylinder turbocharged) which is universally viewed with a great deal of respect. And you know what? You need to give credit where credit is due. It has earned the image of safety, solidly, or well built with a long recognized classic design which translates into – expensive. Relatively speaking, it isn’t expensive. Rather, it is well priced for this class and quality of automobile.  

For me this is one of the top ten favorite cars to own when everything is taken into consideration. My wife is in another top ten listing of all possible women in the world – and for the same reasons. My five senses tell me so and the sixth sense is that I know intuitively know both are exactly right – “Just Because”. I used to say ‘because’ to my young daughter and she’d say, because isn’t an answer. Now that she’s a mom, she knows that sometimes ‘because’ IS an answer. Funny how that works.

Private discussion for Public expression: GM called a couple of weeks ago and wanted to discuss their new gas rebate program where you are guaranteed gas at $1.99 a gallon for the next year. Say what? Ok you probably heard the announcement and the resultant back lash about the devious way they are promoting their “Gas Guzzler” cars like the Tahoe, Suburban and the H2 and H3 and some sedans. Ever notice how such marketing gimmicks draw so much attention – like GM is a bad guy or something for giving you money back on gas. They do it with Zero Interest and no bitching and complaining – but tie it to Crude Oil and the critics go bonkers. What’s that all about?

We all know it’s just a marketing way of allowing you to buy the higher fuel use vehicles and we don’t even know if that kick back will work. And you know what – I don’t care. Do you?

Handling & Performance:

I enjoy the feeling I get from a car that takes the turns with comfort and ease. It’s like it wants to be there with you. Know the feeling? The Corvette Z06 felt kind-a that way too but it was there to race.

Styling:

I like what I See. Does that make Sense?  

Fit and Finish:

Quality construction you can see, hear, touch, smell (while it’s new), taste the desire and of course the sixth sense – intuition – knowing this is the car for me.

Cost:

Excellent, considering it is a quality Volvo.  

Conveniences:

An outstanding list of things included in the price.  

Consumer Recommendation:

Quite a field of competition. Boy could you get dizzy searching for ecstasy – while having to pick from such a great lineup of cars. But I could own this car and I can’t say that about many out there that I test.

This list however has got to be more difficult for most than choosing a spouse that comes with a much higher price tag. And trust me the maintenance on this Volvo is far less in comparison. For the ladies, if you want to look like a soccer mom even if you aren’t, buy the Volvo because it exudes “Family”. Saab has a similar image but that’s a whole ‘nuther story. For the guys who my friend Price C. refers to as “Gear Heads” buying a car comes way before shopping for a mate.  

Recognized Competition:

Volvo S40 $24-29,000, BMW 3-Series $31-45,000, Cadillac CTS $29-51,000, Mercedes-Benz C-Class $29-54,000, Audi A-4 $28-45,000, Saab 9-3 $26-42,000, Volkswagen Passat $23-32,000, Subaru Legacy $22-34,000, Jaguar X-Type $32,330, Lexus IS $30-35,000, Infiniti G35 $31-34,000, Acura TSX $28-30,000.
Good News:

Turbocharged power, decent fuel economy, many thoughtful features included as standard equipment and one especially I appreciate is the “kinder and gentler” (quieter) ding-ding seat belt reminder.

Bad News:

Annoying surge in acceleration due to turbocharger,  

Standard Equipment:

2.5 liter 5-cylinder 218 horsepower turbocharged engine, 5-speed electronically controlled auto / manual transmission, stability traction control, uni-body construction with integral passenger safety, cage high strength steel (HSS) components and energy absorbing impact structures, front and side primary and supplemental air bag restraint systems, weight sensor for front passenger multistage airbag, security system with immobilizer anti-theft ignition, child rear seat anchors door safety locks and warning system, fog lights, climate control, trip computer, memory for locking, audio and climate control settings, steering wheel audio controls, power windows, heated power mirrors with turn signal lights built in, power drivers seat and trunk lock/unlock, remote entry, tilt and telescopic steering column with leather wrapped wheel, cruise control, front and rear armrests, dust / Pollen filter, O/S temp indicator heated rear window, stereo with CD player and 6 speakers.

Gas Stats:
22 City and 30 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $26,615.

Your comments are welcomed. My e-mail is joe@atthewheel.com
Copyright © 2006 – An Automotive Love Affair