Auto Express - - Winter Driving Special -

WITH its Mk2 XC90, Volvo set out its stylish new de­sign lan­guage, but un­der the skin the brand has also cre­ated a gen­uine pre­mium ri­val to the Ger­man es­tab­lish­ment.

As with the orig­i­nal, the SUV has seven us­able seats and a large boot, but the tech­nol­ogy and up­mar­ket feel are on an­other level en­tirely. While Volvo’s de­ci­sion to only offer four-cylin­der en­gines and plug-in hy­brids might de­ter those used to V6 power, there’s no ar­gu­ing with the out­right per­for­mance and gen­eral re­fine­ment. Price range: £48,665-£69,615 Our pick: D5 Mo­men­tum (£48,655) En­gine: 2.0-litre 4cyl diesel, 235bhp Trans­mis­sion: 8-spd auto, per­ma­nent 4x4 Top speed: 137mph Econ­omy: 49.6mpg CO2: 149g/km

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