Volvo was once part of the Ford empire, but Sweden's number-one car brand is now owned by China's biggest independent carmaker, Geely. Volvo's HQ is in Sweden but some manufacturing now also takes place in China.
Volvo has increasingly pursued a green agenda with its range of efficient ‘Drive-E’ powertrains. These include plug-in hybrid vehicles – both petrol/electric and diesel/electric – such as the V60 Twin Engine and XC90 Twin Engine.
Volvo's emphasis has always been on safety as well as build quality. Does this translate to dependability in everyday use? You can find out all about Volvo reliability in our expert reviews.
Every year, we run an annual car survey where tens of thousands of people tell us about their current car and how reliable it is. Based on feedback from current Volvo owners, we have reliability data for new cars aged up to three years old, and also cars aged between three and eight years old.
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Volvo also often has interesting PCP (loan towards buying the car outright) and finance deals on offer.
Volvo’s range is all about robust, practical, family-orientated cars – whether that’s the V40 hatchback or the top-of-the-range XC90.
It was the first brand to ever get a four-star rating from Euro NCAP for protecting occupants, and every Volvo car tested by Euro NCAP since 2009 has received a five-star rating.