There you are, standing outside your local Volvo dealership after close of business and that stunning blue XC60 you had your heart set on is parked next to a cool grey V90 Cross Country. Dang it, which dotted line do you sign on?
The middle child
I’ve got another confession to make. Besides incredibly common cars like Polos or Fortuners, there’s another class of automobile that leaves me reasonably cold: the mid-size SUV. You know what I’m talking about, right? Think Audi Q5, BMW X5, Mercedes ML or GLE and my latest test car – Volvo’s XC60.
Ag no man. Your mother-in-law is coming along on holiday and the kids want to take ALL their toys and sports equipment along. Where are you going to fit all of this?
Perhaps you have already invested in a sizable trailer and decent roof-top box but your car simply can’t handle more luggage. Well, we at NamWheels love to help and have compiled a list of cars with at least 400L of luggage space. Big enough to put your skoonma in the boot.
One new car, lots of information in random paragraphs.
What you need to know: The Volvo XC60 is a mid-size luxury SUV whose mould is similar to a BMW X5 or Audi Q5. Available with your choice of four engines, two gearboxes, four trim levels, front- or intelligent all-wheel-drive (certain models only), this stylish Swede easily matches its competitors for variety.
I recently had the pleasure of test-driving Volvo’s face-lifted XC60 with a new engine. Not being a huge fan of mummy-mobiles (as so many of these medium to large SUV types can be called), I was naturally skeptical about my latest ride. However, I can honestly state that my flag is still flying for Volvo – I found the XC60 every bit as enjoyable to drive as their V and S range (I’ve not had the pleasure of any of the C-types yet).
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 grey shades
Niche cars are all the rage nowadays. Niche cars, in case you didn’t know this, are vehicles which fill alleged gaps between various segments of the market. Volvo’s V40 already straddles hatch and estate chairs but has just been given a pair of gum boots to turn it into the V40 Cross Country.
Die slim Swede
As ‘n mens van veilige gesinsmotors praat sal dit nie lank vat voordat iemand die handelsmerk Volvo noem nie. Dié vervaardiger geniet ‘n trotse geskiedenis propvol motors wat goeie kwaliteit met veiligheid en verrigting gekombineer het.
The clever Swede
Should a dinner conversation ever turn to the subject of safe family cars it won’t take very long until the name Volvo creeps into focus. This manufacturer has a proud heritage of quality cars that combined safety with performance.