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Should You Consider Volvo?

Traditionally a manufacturer of safe, quirky, semi-luxurious vehicles with a Scandinavian flair, Volvo has moved further upmarket in recent years, establishing itself as a trendsetter with regard to automotive design and technology, while still upholding its reputation for safety. While the brand’s resurgence has generated much hype, the recent upheaval of the entire product lineup has made it tough to gauge long-term reliability, and many of the new products have seen aggressive depreciation since coming onto the market. Nonetheless, it’s hard to deny the attractive designs of the new Volvo, and below we’ll take a look at some of the brand’s most notable models. More recently, Volvo has positioned itself as an “electrified” car company with plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles, offering alternative powertrains and experimenting with alternative ownership plans as well.

Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90

The poster child for Volvo’s rebirth over the last several years, the XC90 now finds itself as the oldest vehicle in Volvo’s lineup. This probably speaks more to the newness of Volvo’s product portfolio though than it does the XC90’s age, as the vehicle debuted for 2016, and is still quite competitive in its segment. With room for seven and a starting price of around $48,000, the XC90 is great for luxury shoppers with families, and offers a variety of trim levels, all of which come packed with safety features and a minimalist design aesthetic. Three 4-cylinder engine options are available making either 250, 316 or 400 horsepower, with the 400-hp option getting help from of a plug-in hybrid system. Also available is an attractive R-Design model that offers unique wheel and color options, along with sporty styling cues.  Find a Volvo XC90 for sale

Volvo XC60

Volvo XC60

Volvo’s compact crossover, the XC60 was fully redesigned for 2018. The XC60 follows effectively the same trim-level structure as the rest of Volvo’s lineup. Base models start at $40,000 and carry the “Momentum” trim designation, while the top-of-the-line Inscription trim introduces many luxury features like a 12.3-in center display and Harmon Kardon audio system. The sporty “R-Design” trim sits between the two in the middle of the range. Items like LED headlights and a panoramic sunroof are standard across the board. The XC60 comes with the same powertrain options offered in the XC90, ranging in output from 250 to 400 hp.

For 2021, the XC60 Recharge is a plug-in hybrid. You’ll get about 20 miles of EV only range – that means 20 miles of driving on just electricity.  Find a Volvo XC60 for sale

Volvo XC40

Volvo XC40

The XC40 is Volvo’s new subcompact crossover, and was introduced alongside the redesigned XC60 as an all-new product for the 2018 model year. Notable elements of the XC40 include a contrasting roof and an array of unique colors used inside and out. Buyers have the option of either a 187-hp 4-cylinder powering just the front wheels, or a 248-hp 4-cylinder powering all four. A power tailgate and Android Auto/Apple CarPlay compatibility are standard across the XC40 range, while Volvo’s now-trademark 12.3-in center display, along with a panoramic moonroof and other items, join the party on upper trim levels.

The XC40 is also used as the pilot vehicle for Volvo’s new subscription program, where interested parties can “subscribe” to an XC40 for between $700 and $800 per month, with all insurance, maintenance and road hazard repairs included, with no long-term commitment. While Volvo is at the forefront of this new vehicle-ownership model, expect to see more automakers roll out programs like this in the coming years.

We also like the XC40 Recharge, Volvo’s first totally electric SUV. The range is a little over 200 miles.  Find a Volvo XC40 for sale

Volvo V90

Volvo V90

Based on the full-size S90, buyers interested in a wagon-ized version of Volvo’s flagship sedan have two options: the V90 or the rugged-looking V90 cross-country. The V90 offers all of the refinement of the S90 in a more practical, long-roof package, while the V90 Cross country adds to the equation body cladding and a raised suspension, for a more adventurous look. No matter which one you choose, the V90 offers a spacious, SUV like cargo area combined with car like ride and handling dynamics. The V90 and the V90 Cross Country come with either a 250 hp or 316 hp engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The basic V90 is offered in either front- or all-wheel drive guise, while the V90 Cross Country comes exclusively with all-wheel drive. Find a Volvo V90 for sale

Autotrader Says

Overall, Volvo is one of the more interesting automakers currently thanks to its exclusive use of turbocharged and hybridized 4-cylinder powerplants along with an all-electric model. We also like its employment of a unique, Scandinavian design language. Additionally, Volvo takes a forward-looking approach to car ownership, and is poised to offer more programs like the subscription plan offered on the XC40 in the coming years. While the brand’s young products do leave some uncertainty with regard to reliability and depreciation, many buyers will find a lot to love about the new Volvo. Find a Volvo for sale

Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill is an author specializing in competitive analysis, consumer recommendations, and adventure-driven enthusiast content. A lifelong car enthusiast, he worked in the auto industry for a bit, helping Germans design cars for Americans, and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He runs an Instagram account, @MountainWestCarSpotter, which in his own words is "actually pretty good", and has a... Read More about Chris O'Neill

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