Welcome, purveyors of fine Volvo model codes! Are the NK and NC models closely related? What’s the alternative code for the V40 Cross Country? All your questions should be answered by the handy table listed below:
The exciting stuff
Volvo isn’t really known for red-hot performance cars although brand aficionados and the odd GTi pilot will attest to the rapidity of older Swedish metal sporting “T5” or “T6” badges. In more recent times, there’s been a new sticker adorning sporty Volvos – a cyan blue square with the word “Polestar”.
So you live in Outjo but work in Gobabis?
Don’t fear, we’ve made a list of cars that can go the furthest on one filling of the tank. You know, when the attendant does that whole click-click nozzle trick. Of course we need to remind you that these figures are based on claimed consumption and tank figures, your results may vary and depend on driving style, load and prevailing conditions. If you’re a high miler though, this list is a good start.
Anatomie van ‘n supermotor
Wat gee jy vir die man wat reeds alles het? ‘n Volvo S60 T6. Hoekom? Sy BMW 3-reeks en sy Audi A4 en sy Mercedes C-klas is almal al gekaap. Die kanse dat sy Volvo gekaap gaan word, is heelwat minder. Maar die mindere kans beteken nie dat dit ‘n mindere motor is nie; inteendeel, die Sweed hang saam met die bestes uit wat kwaliteit, toerusting, verrigting en prys betref. Saamgevat, waarde vir geld.
The party trick
Up to now, I’ve only ever tested the Volvo S60 with a petrol engine. Just like the rest of their range, Volvo’s medium-sized executive sedan is available with a choice between six engines, two gearboxes, front- or all-wheel-drive and four spec levels. This right here is the middle-child D4 turbo-diesel.
Two non-German mid-size luxury sedans are evaluated by two of our journos. Each vehicle may receive a maximum of five (5 = excellent) and a minimum of one (1=terrible) stars per category from each tester. Both added their opinions below these ratings; tester two in italics.
The charming cliché
“Are you testing every Volvo on the market?” asks a friend when presented with my latest test car, a Volvo S60. The sarcastic undertone of his enquiry carried a sprinkling of truth though… with so many new Swedish models on the market I feel duty-bound to test as many as possible and report back to you.
The crazy love
People. That’s who Volvo alleges their cars are made for. Until dogs or potted plants learn to drive, it may be a painfully obvious statement but, together with their hashphrase #MadeForYou, it does evoke warm fuzziness that this isn’t just another cold-hearted maker of mass transport.
The fantastic five
A gruff, off-beat sound usually accompanied by a whistling turbo charger can only mean one thing: five cylinders. With even numbers being the preferred stencil for engine manufacturing, the five-pot is just as quirky and potentially unbalanced as those little three-cylinders.
Nuwe vlagskip van Suzuki
Suzuki is in Suid-Afrika bekend vir hulle klein 4×4 voertuie, die Jimny en Vitara asook klein luikrug modelle, die Alto en Swift en dan hulle natuurlik ‘n lang geskiedenis as vervaardigers van motorfietse.