Coinciding with a raft of visual changes inside and out, the addition of a number of safety features no surprise there, it is a Volvo after all and chassis and suspension enhancements, the company has also launched a whole new range of powertrains under the moniker Drive-E. It's a welcome visual update to a vehicle that has been around since end-2008. If threshold values are exceeded, the system takes action by for example deploying the inflatable Curtains. A floating centre control stack is a true styling feature housing an array of buttons and knobs that are easy to read and operate while driving. At this price point only the very most expensive models will come with what is now standard equipment in higher end vehicles such as a back up camera and heated seating.
Probably my biggest single hate figure when driving is people who use their mobile phones. The three chassis settings, Comfort, Advanced and Sport, allow the driver to adapt the chassis to suit road conditions at the touch of a button. A collision can either thus be entirely avoided or if this is not possible, damage to cars and personal injuries can be reduced. Additional features include a multi-information display, adaptive Xenon headlamps, parking proximity alert sensors, side mirrors that fold automatically when you lock the car and eight airbags that cushion you in case of a collision. If a shape 6-8 meters in front with a size approximately that of a passenger car is at a standstill or is moving at a slower speed, City Safety engages the brakes and reduces the throttle opening to get ready for the driver's braking reaction. From January, the local roll-out will start and it will be complete when every new Volvo has a four-cylinder engine under its bonnet.
The rear seat row has pop-up booster cushions built-in which raise child passengers to the optimum level for the seatbelts and pretentioners to operate. The combination ensures both a generous level of rear passenger legroom with ample headroom a bonus , as well as class-comparable luggage volumes. Additional features include a multi-information display, adaptive Xenon headlamps, parking proximity alert sensors, side mirrors that fold automatically when you lock the car and eight airbags that cushion you in case of a collision. The Hill Descent Control function makes it possible for the driver to focus completely on driving when descending steep hills. In fact, I would have had the same reaction myself. All mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission and BorgWarner all-wheel-drive system, it was, once again, the D5 offering that impressed the most over the course of our test drive.
This may occur if the driver suddenly releases the accelerator pedal while steering, for instance when leaving a highway slightly too late. Hopefully we could come to an agreement as Ian in particular was very helpful and nice to deal with. Sales of the car will start in Europe during the second half of 2008, while sales in North America will get under way in early 2009. A car that can stop by itself - preposterous, you say? My only real disappointment is the visors. The combination ensures both a generous level of rear passenger legroom with ample headroom a bonus , as well as class-comparable luggage volumes.
It detects objects up to 18 feet in front of the bumper through a windshield mounted laser sensor. Even die-hard German car enthusiasts have to admit that what Volvo has achieved of late in terms overall refinement and sophistication has been noteworthy. Two wood inlays Two different wood inlays are available: Classic Wood and Nordic Light Oak. The turbo-six provides a high level of driving pleasure, with quick throttle response at all speeds, ideal for quick overtaking, for example. Weight is optimally distributed between the front and rear axles, which contributes to good balance and traction. The structure is designed to help providing increased protection in a frontal collision.
The system's braking function prepares for heavy braking and brakes the car automatically with up to 50% of the maximum braking power if the driver has not reacted to the warning signal. They are available in two versions - Charcoal standard or Silk-Metal - and built into the car at the factory. They are simply too confining. Six-speed automatic transmission with Geartronic The compact, six-speed automatic transmission has been engineered to handle the high torques developed by engines such as the T6 and the powerful D5 diesel engine. However, the Volvo is still one of the best towcars on sale. In the same way other manufacturers are now using safety credentials to sell cars, Volvo has turned its attention to styling and driving dynamics while still maintaining its automotive tradition for safety innovation. It develops 210kW at 5600 revs and 400Nm from 1500 to 4800 revs.
The driver can at any time take over by pressing either the accelerator or brake pedal. With or without a van, the ride is comfortable, and cornering is composed. There are so many out there why would I buy one of these? Review by Chris Lilly Review by Chris Lilly. Practical loading area The loading area has a lockable load floor covering two storage areas, one for personal items and another for soiled or wet items. Another small ute vehicle with room for 5. The automatic climate control system is efficient and cools the cabin quickly even if the car is parked under the hot sun.
The luggage area has room for a full load of holiday bags and boxes. A strong face featuring a large badge and grille pushes reward into broad shoulders and side windows that taper off creating a coupe-like roofline and an imposing stance. Collision Warning with Autobrake alerts the driver Collision Warning with Autobrake alerts the driver if the distance to a vehicle ahead suddenly decreases. The automatic climate control system is efficient and cools the cabin quickly even if the car is parked under the hot sun. Units Affected 416 Although Volvo's Italian-styled C70 hardtop convertible shared front sheetmetal with the S40, when that sedan was refreshed the C70 didn't receive any of the stylistic upgrades.
The automatic opening feature is very convenient if you approach the car loaded down with shopping bags. The front MacPherson and rear multi-link suspension combo offers commendable car control for spirited driving combined with class leading comfort. Under the hood is a 2. The driver can control the speed with the brake pedal or the accelerator when Hill Descent Control is activated. Its only diesel competitor is the X3, which unfortunately isn't as comfortable.