What do you think of when you picture Volvo? Think towing a caravan on the A303 with a tailback longer than the Seine? Think accident-prone old biddy drivers with brown leather driving gloves? Think again..
I predicted last week that the launch of the Volvo V40 will be a more significant event for most of us than Ferrari’s F620, which is officially unveiled tomorrow.
I bet you didn’t see this coming. Volvo, all safe and sensible hooking up with the UK’s hottest boy band. But then times have changed at Volvo – the cars are still at the top-end in terms of active and passive road safety, but they’re also great fun to drive, especially the latest V60/S60 models.
If it’s been a while since you looked at Volvo’s range of cars, then it may surprise you to know that the sensible Swedish car maker has recently begun engineering its cars to compete dynamically on a par with more recognisable sporting brands such as BMW and Mercedes.