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Updated: 13 Jan 2022

Should I buy a Volvo?

Volvo manages to combine practicality with stylish design and a luxurious feel. Read on to find out more about Volvo and what it has to offer
Oliver Trebilcock
Volvo XC90

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.

Find a Volvo that works for you by checking out our Volvo car reviews.

How reliable are Volvo cars? 

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 four years old, and also used cars aged between five and nine years old, and old cars aged 10-15 years. 

To see how reliable Volvo cars are, head over to our most reliable car brands page.

How much do Volvo cars cost?

Volvo effectively occupies the 'middle zone' between the mainstream and premium markets, slightly undercutting German rivals such as Audi and BMW.

Its entry-level model is the Volvo V40, priced from around £21,000. Right at the top end, the top-spec Volvo C90 Twin Engine breaks through the £70,000 barrier.

Volvo also often has interesting PCP (loan towards buying the car outright) and finance deals on offer.

Can you trust Volvo cars? Find out – we reveal the most reliable car brands.

Volvo V90

Volvo V90 2017 slide

Volvo XC60

Volvo XC60 2017 slide

Choosing the best Volvo car

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.

The range splits into medium-sized hatchbacks (V40), large saloons (Volvo S60 and Volvo S90), large estate cars (Volvo V60 and Volvo V90) and a broad range of 4x4 models.

As well as popular SUV 4x4s, such as the XC40, Volvo XC60 and Volvo XC90, Volvo offers ‘Cross Country’ off-road-ready 4x4 versions of its mainstream estate cars. This includes the V40 CC, Volvo V60 CC and Volvo V90 CC.

So which of these Volvo cars are the best? Our independent lab and road tests go further than anyone else - to find out which are the most reliable, low-emission cars and much more, see our expert Volvo car reviews.