Buying a Used Volvo

22 12 2012

Volvo XC90 R-design 2009The first thing to check when buying a used Volvo is that the car has a full service history. Volvo’s need servicing just like any car and Volvo parts can be very expensive, so if the car hasn’t been serviced when it should have, you could be in for a big bill when you take it for one. Even if the car has been serviced regularly, check when the next one is due as Volvo servicing can be costly, if a service is imminent, this can be a good negotiating point. Also check the MOT document and makes sure that the MOT is valid and check that the address on the log book matches the address you are buying the car at.

Check the interior carefully, including all buttons and handles, especially in the rear, as Volvo are likely to have been used by families. Even minor problems like window handles can be expensive to rectify at a later date so it`s worth checking everything. If you find any problems, ask for money off the asking price. Check all seatbelts.

On the exterior, check that the paint is the same shade all over the car and that the gap between panels is consistent. Make sure that the doors and boot open smoothly. Check the tread depth is legal all over the tyre area. With convertibles, check that the roof opens smoothly and locks into place as it should. Also inspect the cloth for holes or discolouration.

Under the bonnet, check that the VIN matches the one in the log book. Make sure that the wear and tear on the steering wheel and seats seems consistent with the age of the car. Use the dipstick to check the oil level, the oil should be a golden colour and free from lumps. Look on the top of the engine and under the oil cap for a sticky white material, if you find some, this could indicate head gasket damage which would more than likely write the car off. See that the battery terminals are free of rust.

Volvo estate cars are likely to have been used for lugging heavy loads around so pay attention to the suspension during a test drive and check the rear load bay for signs of damage. Also check that the tyres are wearing evenly and look at the underside for scuffing or other damage, especially with four wheel drive models which may have been used for some light off roading. Also check the levels of coolant and brake fluid; you don`t want to buy a car that has been driven without its fluids at the correct level.

Check for known faults. These will vary depending on the model you are looking at. Many popular Volvo models such as the V70 and S40 have no recurring faults but other models do have known problems. Early 440/60s for example are known to be temperamental and have unreliable carburettors. To find the known faults for a particular car, ask an expert or consult an online motoring forum such as those found at


All New 2013 Volvo V40

28 02 2012

Volvo Car Corporation will reveal the all-new Volvo V40 at a press conference at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show on March 6.
The all-new V40 is ready to overtake the competition in the Premium Hatchback class with sharpened features and characteristics from larger Volvos wrapped in a sleek, compact package.

2013 Volvo V40RClass-leading driving dynamics
The all-new V40 boasts class-leading driving dynamics thanks to focused attention to a number of vital areas. The chassis is designed to offer the agile, connected experience that creates true driving pleasure.

The engine range spans everything from Volvo Car Corporation’s first diesel with COemissions of just 94 g/km to the turbocharged T5 petrol engine with 254 hp and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds. All engine versions feature start-stop and braking energy regeneration, no matter whether they are fitted with a manual or automatic gearbox.

“The all-new V40 wraps you in a super-comfortable cockpit with outstanding ergonomics and technology that make you feel informed, focused and relaxed. This driver-centric approach is what modern Volvos are all about,” says Stefan Jacoby.

Outstanding safety and support package
The all-new Volvo V40 features a class-leading safety and driver support package, including Volvo Car Corporation’s groundbreaking Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake and several other new features.

Among the new features are a world-first pedestrian airbag, Lane Keeping Aid with haptic auto steering, and an ingenious Park Assist Pilot that makes parallel parking easy.

The City Safety low-speed collision avoidance system has been further developed and it now operates at speeds up to 50 km/h.

2013 Volvo V40

2013 Volvo V40 - Front

Video: Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept

6 01 2012

Studio footage of the XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept. The film features a 360° exterior view as well as interior sequences. The Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept is an electric car, a highly economical hybrid and a powerful high-performance car all rolled into one. The preferred driving mode is chosen via three buttons on the instrument panel: Pure, Hybrid or Power.

XC60 Plug-in concept

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S60 and V60 R-Design

21 09 2010

Introducing the all-new S60 and V60 R-Design – designed with true sports-car feel and featuring a specially developed chassis to ensure that the driving experience matches the car’s appearance.

Volvo S60/V60 R-Design Launch.

Black, flat, strong: Volvo S60 T6 Design by Heico Sportiv

5 09 2010

S60 Flat BlackThe Volvo S60 T6 Design by Heico Sportiv. The sedan powers up to 330 hp  with only 100 models exclusively available as special editions in Sapphire Black metallic paint.

Four-wheel drive and six-speed automatic

Heico Sportiv Body Kit, Suspension and Exclusive Design Elements

The exclusive interior details with the Heico Sportiv logo includes an aluminum shifter, an aluminum footrest, an aluminum pedal set and an aluminum “limited edition” plate with a particular production number.

S60 T6 by Heico Sportiv

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S60 Black on Black on Black

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2011 Pricing: S60 Sport Sedan

10 05 2010

The all-new S60 packs more style, performance and technology than many of its competitors, but at a substantially lower price when showroom equipped. The all-new 2011 Volvo S60 beats a showroom equipped 2011 BMW 335i xDrive by a whopping $7,150, and a Mercedes-Benz C350 by an impressive $1,765. The all-new 2011 Volvo S60 sport sedan goes on sale in late 2010.

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The all-new Volvo S60 pricing and options

Despite the all-new S60 sport sedan being exceedingly well equipped right out of the gate, there are a number of attractive option packages and single options available.

2011 Volvo S60 T6 AWD – $37,700
Destination charges – $850

Premium Package – $1,500

Power glass moonroof
Power passenger seat
Dual Xenon gas discharge headlights with Active Bending Light (ABL)

Climate Package – $800

Heated front seat
Heated windshield washer nozzles
Headlight washers
Rainsensor wipers
Interior Air Quality System (IAQS)

Multimedia Package – $2,700

Premium Multimedia Sound System with MultEQ XT by Audyssey,
Dolby Pro Logic II, 650 watts, 12 premium loudspeakers
Rear park assist camera
Navigation system with real time traffic updates
Map Care with two complimentary navigation updates

Technology Package – $2,100

Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Queue Assist
Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake
Distance Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Single Options

Metallic paint – $550

Premium Electric Silver paint – $675

Urbane Wood inlays – $300

Front and rear Park Assist – $500

Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) – $700

Personal Car Communicator (PCC) – $550

Touring chassis – N/C option

FOUR-C (Continuously Controlled Chassis Concept) Active Chassis – $750

17-inch “Njord” alloy wheels – N/C option

17-inch “Njord” alloy wheels with self supporting tires – $500

Changes for 2011

5 05 2010

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  • The new five-cylinder 2-litre turbodiesel introduced in the all-new Volvo S60 is now available throughout Volvo Cars’ model range – and there are upgraded six-cylinder petrol engines too.
  • In the Volvo S80, V70, XC70 and XC60 the newly developed 2-litre diesel engine produces 163 hp and 400 Nm of torque. In these models the engine is badged the D3.
  • The Volvo S80, V70, XC70 and XC60 can also be specified with the high-performance D5 engine that produces 205 horsepower and 420 Nm of torque.
  • In the Volvo C30, S40, V50 and C70 the new 2-litre turbodiesel is available in two variants:
    • D4 with 177 hp and 400 Nm of torque.
    • D3 with 150 hp and 350 Nm of torque. This engine will be introduced in the C70 during the spring and later in 2010 it will also become available in the C30, S40 and V50.
  • Volvo S80, V70, XC70 and XC60 also get upgraded petrol engines:
    • New exterior color, Flamenco Red, for all four models.
    • The Volvo XC60 is also available in a new color, Seashell, and the range of wheel rims has been extended with a new 18-inch wheel with six double spokes.
    • The Volvo V70 gets color-coded lower body panels as standard, in line with the Volvo S80.
    • The Volvo On Call system can now be combined with the Bluetooth mobile phone service.
    • With Volvo On Call it is now even possible to activate the cabin heater remotely via SMS text messaging.
    • Electrically folding rear seat headrests in the V70 and XC70.
  • Among the other new features in the 2011 Volvo C30, S40, V50 and C70 line-up are:
    • The Volvo S40 and V50 now get the same larger iron mark as the Volvo C30 and C70. The grille’s design is otherwise unchanged.
    • New paint option for the Volvo C30, S40 and V50 – Flamenco Red. The Volvo S40 and V50 are now also available in Cosmic White and Orange Flame.
    • The range of upholstery in the Volvo S40 and V50 now includes a new contrasting leather option with black seat sides, white backrest and orange stitching.
    • C70 buyers can now specify optional parking sensors front and rear.
    • Cars with Volvo On Call now have the option of activating the cabin heater remotely via SMS text messaging.