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The Top Gear car review:Volvo XC90
For:Hard to fault across the board: clean-sheet new XC90 is almost perfect
Against:Why isn’t air suspension and the all-singing safety kit standard, Volvo?
What is it?
Volvo’s legendarily safe, spacious and useful seven-seat SUV, given a nut-and-bolt re-boot. One major principle remains: the engine is transversely mounted, and so a huge proportion of its length can be given over to the interior. More than ever this time, because they didn’t leave space for a V8 option. Pretty well every part is fresh, even the redesigned Volvo badge.
The all-new platform, engines and dash interface are Volvo’s own work, so if you like them don’t go thinking you can find them cheaper on another brand – this company acts independently these days, albeit under hands-off ownership of a large Chinese conglomerate.
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