Top 3 Volvo cars to consider

1. Volvo V40 T5-R

Recommended for – the family man looking for a fast ride.

The Volvo V40 T5-R is a fantastic car. It’s powered by a 2.5-litre five-cylinder petrol engine that produces 251 bhp and 265 lb /ft of torque, or in other words, more than a Golf GTI. It only comes in one colour – Polar Blue – and it comes complete with 20-inch alloy wheels. The result?

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The Volvo V40 T5-R is one of the best looking family hatches money can buy, and it is also one of the fastest going from 0 – 62 mph in around 5.7 seconds, which is faster than a Ford Focus ST in Mountune guise. Inside, everything is unmistakably Swedish, which means everything is tasteful, modern, and extremely well built. This is as nice a place to be on long journeys as an Audi A4, no word of a lie.

2. Volvo XC60 D4

Recommended for – families, drivers who like something a little different.

The Volvo XC60 is a fantastic car that deserves more sales than it probably gets. Why is it fantastic? Simply, it looks stunning, and true to Volvo’s latest generation of cars, it is packed with safety technology and it is undoubtedly one of the safest cars in its class.

It’s a fantastic place to be in, too. Like the V40, everything is of a top quality inside, and in many ways the XC90 can learn a few things from it. I recommend the D4 model , which uses a 2.0-litre diesel engine that produces 163 bhp and plenty of torque. It’ll go from 0 – 62 mph on 10.3 seconds and onto a top speed of 124 mph.

In terms of practicability, the XC90 is excellent – with the seats up it has an enormous 655-litre boot capacity. You can get the XC60 from Vertu Cars – be sure to get in touch with them to talk about pricing.

3. Volvo S60 D3

Recommended for – bargain hunters, those who seek style for a reasonable price.

The Volvo S60 is one of the most affordable cars Volvo produces, but don’t think that means a drop in quality – the S60 is one of the finest cars in its class, enjoying build quality on par with even the most prestigious of German rivals.

So, what’s good? For starters, this S60 looks great, but ultimately like all Volvo it’s safety that sets this car apart from the competition – a five-star Euro NCAP rating adds to its appeal.
I recommend the mid-priced D3 version, which has a 136 bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine and enough torque to make motorway cruising a breeze. The T3 is cheaper still.