Volvo

Volvo has faced an uncertain future in recent years, following its sell-off by previous owner Ford - but the Swedish brand is now in the hands of Chinese firm Geely and is rapidly overhauling its line-up.

The best example of this is the range-topping XC90, which showcases a whole new set of chassis parts, engines and safety equipment that will feature on all large Volvos launched in the next two to three years. It's a great large SUV, with a nicely finished cabin and efficient engine options, including a low-CO2 emissions hybrid.

Volvo will launch a flagship saloon, called S90, in 2016 - and an estate version of that car, called V90, later in the year.

The rest of the range is undeniably older - though some Volvo traits still feature, such as supremely comfortable seats and lots of safety equipment. The entry-level car is the V40, a VW Golf rival that can't quite match the class leaders but still sets the safety benchmark for its size.

The mid-size Volvos carry '60' badging; there's the S60 saloon, a rival for the Ford Mondeo, and the V60 estate version of the same car.

Aside from the XC90, Volvo offers the BMW X1-rivalling XC60, and beefed-up Cross Country versions of the V40 and V60.

The revamp will continue apace over the coming years; by 2018, in fact, Volvo says that the XC90 will be the oldest car in its range. Production will continue to be centred on Swedish factories, although some cars will be built in Ghent in Belgium.

Official website

All Volvo cars

NameStarting fromTarget priceWhat Car? rating

XC90

£36,440£52,431 Rated 5 out of 5
Volvo XC90

S60

£20,620£20,843 Rated 3 out of 5
Volvo S60

XC60

£30,105£28,865 Rated 4 out of 5
Volvo XC60

V40

£18,940£17,612 Rated 3 out of 5
Volvo V40

V60

£21,820£22,021 Rated 3 out of 5
Volvo V60

XC70

£32,215£27,652 Rated 2 out of 5
Volvo XC70

V70

£25,640£25,523 Rated 3 out of 5
Volvo V70

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