Its reputation was built on safety above style, as personified by
breezeblock areodynamics and happy-in-their-work crash-test dummies. But in an
age of diver’s watches and mountaineer’s boots, Volvo has carved a new place
for itself based on good-looking, kick-proof solidity. Call it premium
£17,545 - £23,045
Interesting rival to the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series. Good build quality and quirky looks help it stand out.
£29,805 - £37,055
The understated convertible. It's easy to ignore the C70, but you shouldn't. The folding hard top is one of the more elegant on sale, plus the engine range is impressive.
£19,995 - £39,865
Another safe and sensible saloon from the Volvo team, which mixes Swedish style with good engines
£29,270 - £43,035
Not terrible and not brilliant – the S80 is the ultimate vanilla exec car.
£18,995 - £34,065
Volvo hits the premium hatch format on the head: the V40 is so promising, it's a shame we had to wait so long
£21,195 - £41,165
The V60 is handsome and tries to be sporty. Hmm. Maybe this confusion is why a facelift is on the way...
Volvo’s V60 demonstrates that the car can still be the choice of transport in the future.
£24,995 - £41,185
What every Volvo estate should be - capacious, easy to drive, solid and comfortable.
£29,995 - £42,525
The XC60 wraps up all the famed family-friendly Volvo qualities in a pretty compact SUV body.
£28,815 - £41,385
The Volvo XC70 is a compromise, but a good one. Essentially a V70 with a raised ride height and nasty plastic bits stuck on.
£35,695 - £44,845
mix of SUV and MPV, a seven-seater that looks cool and offers terrific utility
inside. Maybe all Volvos were, in some subliminal way, leading to this. A