Apart from the ragged-ol' horse dynamics of the diesel engine, this seems to be a pretty good buying choice in the premium crossover market. Gear shifts are almost seamless when the engine is used. Just like my winter outfit. The electro-hydraulic power steering is accurate and consistent but a little too light and begs for greater road feel. Now, let's see my least favorite part at my first date with a car: bonnet and trunk. This car definitely got appreciative looks and stares from fellow motorists and bystanders. But how does it drive? Probably my biggest single hate figure when driving is people who use their mobile phones.
They were hopeless to say the least, Volvo Australia were even worse. Despite that, it still is quite high. After 50,000kms the engine gave up and had to be replaced. This isn't just one isolated issue. My platinum-plated Swarovski lawnmower has more. They are okay in the forward position, but when you move them to the side, they are useless.
And here we go again. And depending on reviews 0-100kph could be achieved between 4. We had expected that in a new car if there was a problem Volvo would persevere until the issue was fixed. And when I say this I'm not referring to its safety system that is constantly reminding you're on the verge of getting in trouble but to some other truly disappointing fact. Interior is stylish and functional. The leather is plush and the seats have width and excellent support, they are heated, electrically adjusted and offer three memory settings. I want to sell this car now but re-sell value is very low.
Things deteriorate rapidly however for the rear seat passengers in terms of comfort and disappear all together for the third row passengers who have to be either very small children not particularly safe or lower limb amputees such is the paucity of leg room. The vehicle exceeded our high expectations. But does safe mean good or even, god forbid, fun? Anyway lots of issues as well before and after the engine blew up. I couldn't live without it. Unusually, the V-8 is very quiet, even when it's floored.
Do Swedes even do fun? I do admit it's extremely difficult to impress me at first date, so it's a tough job for a car to convince me it's worth stabbing my high heels into it. Of course, squirreling away this useless device also has one other benefit — to keep the wife away from the remote control. Plenty of space in both cabin and boot. Fantastic driving experience, smooth to the touch and light steering. Fuel consumption can be a slight issue.
Apart from its wheels, it was offered to us by Volvo as a faît accompli. Even though the seat is adjustable and you can raise it to see better over the bonnet, this actually then blocks your view of the odometer and other instruments because the steering wheel is then in the way when you raise the seat. I couldn't possibly say it was love at first sight because it wasn't due to its odd color, a sort of black that it's neither black nor dark grey. The car has rear parking sensors and rear camera and without this option the car would be very difficult to park because the rear vision is very limited. Then we upgraded to an 850 with front wheel drive and sports car handling and loved it for over 20 years without a single problem! I was obviously very excited with my purchase and the car looked like a major step forward for Volvo as a brand. If fuel quality is no good enough for their cars wihy are they selling them? Fuel economy is the only issue if you keep your foot on the pedal. The jolting and surge problem was the worst ongoing problem and it was dangerous.
What a fun car to drive! Overall, I'm disappointed with the car, especially the ride and handling, and certainly the cost to repair. It's definitely a fun car to drive, especially the semi-autonomous part, being only a learner, it's a fun car to learn in. The front passenger side door rattled so I go my mechanic to look at it. I am truly convinced about Volvos now and will gladly buy another one. The fuel economy in the diesel model that I have is great. It's also obviously too slow to break any speed limits. After repeated trips to the dealership with no success, we received a letter from Volvo saying that they were unable to find the fault.
The verbal response I got after a long wait was the Volvo can only continue to try to fix the issues. There is a reason why rally cars had it and why it has now, for some years, been deployed in cars too. Folksam haven't rated this car because not enough sold in Sweden yet. And what's with all the safety. Even the Volvo's traction system that proudly boasts the ability to switch power to the wheel with the most traction, couldn't pull it free. It's also comfortable in a supple, rather than soft, manner with excellent sound suppression over the loose-stone roads. If a shape 6-8 meters in front with a size approximately that of a passenger car is at a standstill or is moving at a slower speed, City Safety engages the brakes and reduces the throttle opening to get ready for the driver's braking reaction.
It detects objects up to 18 feet in front of the bumper through a windshield mounted laser sensor. There is a Assisted autopilot mode where the car will try to stay in your lane for you, but you are reminded to keep your hands on the steering wheel every 10-15 seconds if it doesn't sense your hands. You know when you are following one. Car is very reliable however a little heavy to run around the city on unleaded. No more fumbling around with shopping - reversing camera shows exactly what is behind.