Test Drive: 2018 Volvo XC40

With plenty of clever utilities, this slick crossover is deceptively simple

by Michael Frank This is a deceptively simple looking crossover. From the side the mid-size XC40 looks substantial, chunky, and only the Thor’s Hammer headlamps (that form an arrow-like beam) and hockey-stick tail-lamps tick Volvo signature boxes. But look closer and Volvo’s split the junction of front fender, hood, roof, and front door in an unconventional pattern. The hood doesn’t quite square up with the …

Test Drive: 2018 Volvo XC60

Scandinavian-influenced design meets high-tech safety and luxury in this new model

Motoring along a two-lane roadway in Catalonia that coils through small Spanish villages, the views of Montserrat—a majestic, multi-peaked rocky range located near the port city of Barcelona—are dramatic. The Scandinavian-inspired interior of the car we’re driving, the 2018 Volvo XC60, is also splendid. The aim of the vehicle is to shelter its driver and passengers in a sanctuary of tranquil luxury (with plenty of …

Bowers + Wilkins Bring HiFi Sound to Volvo

We visit the British audio brand factory and drive the 2018 V90 Cross Country

by Andrew Maness It was at the New York International Auto Show a few years back that we developed a keen interest in the British speaker company Bowers + Wilkins. Since getting a quick demo of their system in the then new second generation Volvo XC90, we wanted to spend more time with it to find out what made it worthy of the praise that …