The Volvo brand is not exactly synonymous with dramatic styling. But they have a healthy pedigree of building fine estates. Volvo cars are usually known for safety and reliability. The Swedish manufacturer has set its sights on prising premium saloon drivers from the German trio of Audi A6, BMW 5 series and Mercedes E Class – as well as Jaguar’s highly-praised XF.
Here is a quick run-down of the best Volvo cars.
1. Volvo V70:
If you’re unimpressed with the plodding girth of SUVs but have the need of a lot of carrying space, the Volvo V70 is an excellent solution. A charm to drive unladen it can manage heavy loads with ease as well. It lacks a little sex appeal, but you buy a Volvo V70 with your head, not your heart. Search and Compare Prices of Used Volvo V70 Cars For Sale.
2. Volvo S40:
It might not sound sexy but the Volvo S40′s X-Factor is its calm-inducing qualities. Design-wise it’s understatement that wins the day, the Volvo S40 is very easy on the eye, both inside and out – just the wheels to make an urban commute more bearable but more than capable of dealing with the motorway slog too. Search and Compare Prices of used Volvo S40 Cars For Sale.
3. Volvo S60:
The Volvo S60 might not be able to compete with some of its rivals on Volvo’s brand alone, but there’s still plenty to love about it. Its fantastic ride quality and impressive equipment levels alone are enough to drive plenty of buyers to the local showroom. Search and Compare Prices of Used Volvo S60 Cars For Sale.
4. Volvo C70:
Volvo C70 is the contrast of serious and fun styling which should make it appeal to men and women equally rather than aiming at either gender’s wallet. Compare prices of used Volvo C70 cars.
5. Volvo XC90:
The Volvo XC90 performs very well on most fronts. It’s a very competent car, whether you intend to go off-road, simply ferry the family about or pitch your use somewhere between the two. Search for used Volvo XC90 cars for sale.
6. Volvo S80:
7. Volvo V50:
8. Volvo C30:
Volvo C30 is a real alternative to the other formulaic models in the small family car market. There are few other car makers with the guts – or the vision – to build a car as radical as the Volvo C30. Compare prices of used Volvo C30 cars.
The used Volvo cars are often bought beacuse of Volvo’s safety and reliability features.
The Corsa’s interior quality is the one of the finest in a supermini. The cabin depicts the simplicity with a funky range of upholstery and dashboard colours. The superb materials and fabrics would be at home in cars from the class above, and are more expensive than those you normally find in this sector.
The Vauxhall Corsa has always been a simple and robust little car. Cabin fit and finish are considerably better than rivals, too. The dials are remarkably easy to read, with a pleasant orangey glow. The controls look and feel chunky.
The Corsa’s boot is surprisingly capacious, with a false floor allowing rarely used items to be kept out of the way. The Corsa has a good interior. Its plastics are nicely crafted and the fabrics grown-up and it gets a further boost from some of the colour schemes which are livelier.
The ride is firm but well controlled, noise is generally more abated than most other little cars, and the driving position is fine. The Vauxhall Corsa cars have scored a full five star rating in the EuroNCAP crash test programme for adult occupant protection. It also scored three stars for child occupant and pedestrian protection, which is slightly better than average for a supermini. The car insurance group the Corsa falls under starts at group 1 for 1 litre expression model.
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Honda has revised the stunning S2000 with a host of suspension upgrades to mirror the version sold on the Japanese market. The S2000 has an incredible engine. This is the biggest strength for this car. The four-cylinder unit is the most powerful non-turbocharged 2.0-litre around, producing 240bhp. Using an advanced engine-timing called VTEC, the 2-litre petrol unit in the Honda S2000 spins to a dizzying 9,000rpm and produces 237bhp – making it one of the world’s most powerful 2-litre engines.
The steering wheel is easy to control on twisted road. The Honda S2000 scored four out of five stars in the EuroNCAP crash tests, which is reasonable for a small roadster.
The S2000 rivals include BMW Z4 and Mercedes SLK. Honda S2000 remains popular because of its incredible engine which gives its drivers a motorbike driving feel. Though it lacks the low-speed cruising ability of the BMW Z4, it still hits back with a purist punch, making for a more focused sports car.
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The once radical shape of the BMW 5 Series has now matured nicely into a discreet but smart piece of design. In a bid to keep things fresh, BMW has made a few small changes to the latest car. The changes are mainly around its looks both exterior and interior given it a fully grown looks.
The 5 series combines a tranquil high-speed motorway cruise with real enthusiasm for a twisty stretch of road thanks in part to a new six-speed automatic gearbox. It has a firm but absorbent ride and impressive standards of refinement inside the cabin. The front engine wheel drive layout improves weight distribution and with the power being sent rear-wards, the front wheels only need to bother about the turning and providing feedback through the steering wheel.
Now comes the best part of the BMW 5 series cars, the Performance. The 530d has a staggering turn of pace. The introduction of a new automatic gearbox in the most powerful petrol-engined versions has improved economy over its manual counterpart.
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You might have heard about the new Car Scrappage scheme launched by the UK government in a bid to dispose very old cars. The government has offered £2,000 discount towards a new car or van if they are willing to scrap their old cars. The car manufacturers have backed this scheme giving additional discounts over the £2000. That’s called the icing on cake. However, there is lot of confusion as to which cars are eligible and how the process works.
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With hundreds of car insurance providers in market, it’s indeed difficult to know what the cheapest option to insure their car is is. Generally people consult an insurance broker since they can’t spare calling or shopping around to get quotations. Only few of them bother to do some research online themselves.
Major Car Insurance providers give quotes online; some of them offer Insurance at discounted rate if purchased online. For naïve users trying to shop for car insurance for the first time online find it a tedious task. Don’t forget, there is money to be saved. How much? Hundreds, even thousands, per year.
Here are some quick and easy steps to follow if you are looking to shop for car insurance on the internet.
- Figure out the amount of coverage you require.
- Make a list of the different types of coverage.
- Analyse your Finances.
- Consider Deductibles – compare difference in prices according to deductibles.
Before committing to an online car insurance company, check out references, the Better Business Bureau, and ask around in discussion forums to find out how the company fares once claims are submitted. Also, read the policy carefully and get a printed copy before you start making payments.
The world’s biggest automobile manyfacturer reported a $6.9 billion loss in last quarter and the annual loss being $8.6. While the entire automotive inmdustry ahs been affected by global crisis, the Japanese manufaturer posted its first-ever consolidated operating loss last year after a record profit the year before. It also said that there would be a drop in Toyota cars manufactured this year.
“Toyota’s outlook was worse than I’d expected. The company expects a really tough time for the first six months,” said Naoki Fujiwara, a fund manager at Shinkin Asset Management. “I expect the bottom for the auto industry is the April-June period, followed by a slow recovery.”
Toyota President Katsuaki Watanabe commented in a news conference saying, Of course the external environment doesn’t help, but we were lacking in the scope and speed of dealing with various problems and issues, and for that I am sorry” …read more
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Audi cars are generally one of the best reliable cars. The German car-maker is a favourite option for used car buyers. Audi are generally associated with luxurious, fast reliable and compact.
Buying a second hand car is always a big risk. It’s difficult to get all the true details of the car. So her are some quick tips before buying the Used Audi.
Learn as much as possible about the model you wish to buy.
- Know the good and bad points of the model. The problem areas are often not understood properly.
- Compare the model with its immediate rivals. Sometimes, you land up with the rival option if it suits more closely to your needs.
- Check if the car is reported or stolen or if it has any outstanding finance.
- While on test drive, carefully listen to the car, its engine.
- It’s worth taking it to a special repair station for a thorough inspection.
- Estimate the car’s running cost. Make sure to check which car insurance group your model is placed.
- Remember to check the service history of the car.
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After the UK Government announced the £2,000 allowance for car owners to scrap their old cars, Toyota will structure its incentiveprogram to encourage British built cars.
“While Toyota has some of the best small cars on the market in the shape of Aygo and Yaris,” said Toyota Managing Director, Miguel Fonseca, “we recognise that small cars do not meet the needs of everyone in terms of space and practicality.
“By leveraging the benefits of local production we can make Auris affordable for customers who need a family car. I am also very keen to use this incentive as much as possible to the benefit of British workers,” said Fonseca. Read more
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