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ModelSeatsCombined fuel economyBoot volumeTow capacityRating
Volvo S60FiveHybrid: 2.0L/100km
Non-hybrid: 7.3L/100km
442 litresUp to 1,800kg80%Hands-on review
Volvo V60FiveHybrid: 2.0L/100km
Non-hybrid: 7.3L/100km
529 litresUp to 2,000kg (T8 R-Design)Not yet rated
Volvo V90 Cross CountryFive5.7L/100km560 litresUp to 2,500kgNot yet ratedBest cars for dogs
Volvo XC40Five7.2L/100km (Momentum)586 litresUp to 2,100kg (R-Design)Not yet rated
Volvo XC60Five5.4L/100km (diesel D4)
2.2L/100km (hybrid)
483 litresUp to 2,118kg (T8 Polestar)Not yet rated
Volvo XC90Seven5.9L/100km (diesel)
2.1L/100km (hybrid)
651 litres (third row folded)Up to 2,400kgNot yet rated

Volvo Australia facts

Volvo's name is taken from the Latin word meaning "I roll". The Swedish car brand was incorporated in 1911 as a ball bearing company and didn't build a car until 1927. The automotive manufacturer's logo is inspired by the radiator grille of its first car, the ÖV 4.

Volvo also builds trucks, buses, construction equipment and supplies engines to boat/specialist vehicle builders.

Volvo engineers have been credited with many automotive safety developments. The company used laminated safety glass as early as 1944. In 1959, boffins created the three-point seat belt – the foundation of restraints still employed today. Instead of holding onto the rights, they shared the patent for free with other carmakers. Volvo cars were the first to feature side curtain airbags and were an early adopter of an electronic blind-spot warning system.

What to consider when buying a Volvo

When you think of Volvo, you probably picture a solid and sensible wagon. Today, Volvo also makes luxury SUVs – with most of the range making an ideal family car. Here's all you need to know about buying a Volvo.

Which Volvo model is best?

The answer to that excellent questions will depend on your personal circumstances and the type of driving you do.
Volvo XC40 SUV

Which Volvo should I buy for a family car?

Pretty much any of the Volvo models will suit families. If you have little ones, something like the XC40 might suit you ideally. It's got a big boot (586 litres), heaps of safety assistants and equipment like dual-zone climate control, child locks on rear side doors, sat nav and smartphone integration with speech function.

However, if you've got an older (or larger) family then the XC90 is probably the best route to go down. With seven seats, it can wing your brood around in style. It's got a pretty thorough spec list.

Finder's Chris Stead recently found out how well he and his family got on with the Volvo S60 sedan.
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I have a dog. Which Volvo should I buy?

We've published a separate guide on picking the best car for you and your dog (or doggies). Needless to say, the V90 Cross Country placed on that list, thanks to its massive cargo bay and heap of factory pet-friendly optional accessories.
Volvo XC90 luxury SUV

Which Volvo is the most luxurious?

If you want to roll around in total comfort, the XC90 is the most expensive and most decked out Volvo. It can go toe to toe with a Range Rover Sport and it does this without the flashy badging.

Volvo Australia financing

Volvos tend to premium-priced vehicles, so by comparing car loans, you could save hundreds of dollars over the agreement. Compare new car loans below.

Data indicated here is updated regularly
Name Product Interest Rate (p.a.) Comparison Rate (p.a.) Min Loan Amount Loan Term Application Fee Monthly Service Fee Monthly Repayment
IMB New Car Loan
4.99% (fixed)
1 to 7 years
$275.12 ($250 Application fee + $25.12 PPS registration fee)
You'll receive a fixed rate of 4.99% p.a.
A low minimum borrowing amount of $2,000 that you can use to purchase a new car or one that's up to two years old. - New and Dealer Used Car Loan
From 4.67% (fixed)
3 to 5 years
You'll receive a fixed rate from 4.67% p.a. based on your risk profile
Finance a new car and benefit from features such as fast approval, no ongoing fees and an optional balloon payment. Note: Settle the loan before 30 November 2020 and enter the draw to win a $1,000 fuel voucher. Terms & conditions apply.
Stratton Finance New Car Loan
From 4.05% (fixed)
3 to 7 years
You'll receive a fixed or variable rate depending on the lender you are approved with
Apply for up to $250,000 and use cash or trade in a vehicle to use as a deposit. Optional balloon payment available.
Credit Concierge Car Loan
From 4.45% (fixed)
1 to 7 years
You'll receive a fixed rate of 4.45% p.a. with a comparison rate of 5.29% p.a.
Get access to over 20 providers to fund a new or used car.

CUA Secured Fixed Car Loan
6.79% (fixed)
1 to 7 years
$265 ($175 Establishment Fee + $90 Security Administration Fee)
You'll receive a fixed rate of 6.79% p.a.
A secured loan with a high maximum borrowing amount up to $100,000. Redraw facility and no monthly fees.
NAB Personal Loan Unsecured Fixed
From 9.99% (fixed)
1 to 7 years
You'll receive a fixed rate between 9.99% p.a. and 18.99% p.a. ( 10.88% p.a. to 19.83% p.a. comparison rate) based on your risk profile
An unsecured loan up to $55,000 you can use for a range of purposes and pay off over up to 7 years. Note: Majority of customers will get the headline rate of 12.69% (13.56% comparison rate) or less. See Comparison rate warning in (i) above.
Symple Loans Personal Loan
From 5.75% (variable)
1 to 7 years
from 0% to 5% of the loan amount
You'll receive a personalised interest rate from 5.75% p.a. to 21.99% p.a. based on your risk profile
Borrow up to $50,000 to pay for what you need.
Driva Car Loan
From 4.34% (fixed)
1 to 7 years
$295 (Varies by lender, starting from $295)
You'll receive a fixed rate from 4.34% p.a.
Borrow up to $250,000 with loan terms from 1 to 7 years. Get access to a range of lenders.
NRMA New Car Loan
From 4.99% (fixed)
1 to 7 years
You'll receive a fixed rate from 4.99% p. a.
Purchase a new or used car up to 2 years old and benefit from a fixed rate and no monthly fees. Pre-approval available within 5 business hours.
Plenti Car Loan
From 4.89% (fixed)
3 to 7 years
from $249 to $799
You'll receive a fixed rate from 4.89% p.a.
Borrow up to $100,000 with a Plenti Car Loan and benefit from no early repayment or exit fees.
NRMA Used Car Loan
From 6.49% (fixed)
1 to 7 years
You'll receive a fixed rate from 6.49% p.a.
Finance a used car with NRMA and benefit from a fixed rate term and no monthly fees. Pre-approval available within 5 business hours.

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