2015 Volvo XC90 vs. 2015 BMW X5 - DESIGN
2015 BMW X5
Engineered in Germany and built in South Carolina, the 2015
BMW X5 continues to be a benchmark for any company contemplating a new
luxury mid-size SUV. The X5's off-road-ability may be outweighed by its
superb on-road manners, but that's all on purpose--it's a luxury family
wagon tailored for comfort, meant for gated-community garages everywhere.
The X5 can seat up to seven, and for most of those passengers, it's a
warmer ambiance to soak up. Seat comfort isn't perfect, though, with some
flatness in the front buckets. The second-row seat in the X5 can now be
split 40/20/40, for more flexibility, and they're adjustable for rake.
The X5 hasn't dramatically changed its sheetmetal in this generation, but
the cabin's reworked handsomely. The new X5 is more gracefully sculpted
than its ancestors, in measurable amounts but not in any dramatic fashion.
In the cockpit, the monolithic bulge of BMW's latest dash designs shows up
in swell form, made distinctive this time with a choice of neutral and
brown leathers over the standard black leatherette. It's not so broad a
palette until you reach into the more extreme colors on the option list.
There's even a reddish-brown.
The BMW X5 occupies that performance space typical of German SUVs like the
Mercedes M-Class and VW Touareg and, yes we're going there, the Jeep Grand
Cherokee. There's diesel power available, insanely plush spin-offs with V-8
2015 Volvo XC90
ollowing several leaks, Volvo has published a full set of details about the
2015 XC90. The Swedish automaker's range-topping crossover will be
presented to the public for the first time at the Paris Motor Show next
The XC90 inaugurates Volvo's next design language that was previewed by a
series of show cars including the retro-inspired Concept Estate introduced
last March in Geneva. Generally more angular than the current model, the
crossover boasts a tall front end characterized by a floating radiator
grille with horizontal slats, sharp headlights with T-shaped LED daytime
running lights and a rippled hood. Out back, the upright tail lamps remain
but they adopt LED technology.
Inside, the XC90 moves up on the market with a luxurious cockpit that
features acres of leather upholstery, real wood trim on the dashboard and
on the center console as well as a large tablet-like touch screen that
controls the crossover's infotainment system. The steering is commanded
through a three-spoke multi-function wheel, and the XC90 packs a fully
digital instrument cluster.
Staying true to tradition, Volvo has equipped the XC90 with a full suite of
electronic driving aids and safety features including two functions that
have never been used on a production car before. The first is a run-off
road protection function that tightens seat belts and helps cushion
vertical forces if the XC90 is accidentally driven off the road and into a
ditch, for example. The second is an automatic brake at intersection
feature that stops the crossover if it detects the driver pulls out in
front of a car that is going too fast.
Under the Skin
Under normal driving conditions, the two power sources will work together
to generate about 400 horsepower and a V8-like 472
lb-ft. of torque. Alternatively, the motor will be able to propel the XC90
on electricity alone for up to 24 miles.
Conventional versions of the next XC90 will be powered by Volvo's new
Drive-E engine family which will include two gas-burning mills rated at 254
and 316 horsepower, respectively,
and two turbodiesels tuned to generate
190 and 225 ponies. The oil-burners are unlikely to be sold on this side of
The 2015 Volvo XC90 will go on sale shortly after it debuts in the French
capital. Full pricing information will be published closer to its on-sale
date, but Volvo has revealed the XC90 T6 AWD will start at $48,900. The
list of standard features will include navigation, a panoramic sunroof and
Buyers will be asked to choose from two basic model lines: Urban Luxury and
Rugged Luxury. The elegant Urban Luxury model will pack a color-coordinated
body kit with stainless steel trim and 21-inch wheels, while the Cross
Country-inspired Rugged Luxury model will stand out with flat black trim,
skid plates on both ends and 22-inch alloys.
Finally, Volvo will offer a limited run of 1,927 XC90 First Edition models,
a number chosen to celebrate the year of the automaker's birth. First
Edition models come with custom badging all around, a numbered plaque
inside and a long list of standard features including air suspension on
both axles and a 19-speaker, 1,400-watt sound system. First Edition models
will be exclusively offered with a four-cylinder mill that generates 316 horsepower and 295
lb-ft. of torque.
The First Edition cars will be sold online on a first-come, first-served
basis on September 3rd, 2014, starting at 10:00am. Pricing will kick off at
Short film about passion "Volvo 850 T5"
Projekt VOLVO 850 T5.
Film of passion for the automotive industry.
New 2015 Volvo XC90 review exterior interior & engineer interview at Volvo Ocean Race
Video from the world premiere XC90: http://youtu.be/hSvdCcBUOhw
XC60 compact SUV video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ji3xGKh2miI
Background text German (or use translator):
In this video, Thomas from Autogefühl is giving you his comments on the
all-new 2015 Volvo XC90 in a static review of the exterior and interior.
Also, we are interviewing Jonas Klint, Chief engineer with Volvo. All took
place at the Volvo Ocean Race in Alicante.
Crash Testing the 2013 Volvo XC60! - The Downshift Episode 51
We visit Ruckersville, VA and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's
Vehicle Research Center. IIHS is crash testing the 2013 Volvo XC60 in one
of their newest tests - the small overlap front test. On this episode of
The Downshift, learn why this kind of front overlap impact has such a
reputation for killing cars and their passengers, and find out if the Volvo
XC60 passes the test.
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Volvo Polestar Racing takes spectacular podium in V8 Supercars debut
Feel the adrenaline from the V8 Supercars premiere at the iconic Clipsal
500 in Adealide where Volvo Polestar Racing made a strong debut.
20-year-old Scott McLaughlin thrilled the crowds in the second race with
his 650 HP Volvo S60 Polestar V8SC where he fought hard with five-time
champion Jamie Whincup for a podium finish, a fight which culminated on the
last lap and in the very last corner to the joy of the crowd of over 80 000
"What an amazing weekend for Volvo, Polestar and GRM. Everyone has worked
so hard for this and I am delighted with the podium finish," said
Join us for the premiere weekend in this video and do not forget to give
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Using Volvo Vida
A 33 minute tutorial and learning session for me about using Vida. Hope it
helps you to use yours as well!!
2015 Volvo XC90 - five things you need to know
What Car? editor Jim Holder takes a close look at the brand new Volvo XC90,
with its new technology, seating and engines. Read more about the XC90:
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2015 Volvo V60 Cross Country
The new Volvo V60 Cross Country will be unveiled at the LA Motor Show this
week, bringing the number of Cross Country models in Volvo's line-up to
Volvo Crash Test Center.mpg
Volvos crash-test laboratory now 10 years new
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At Volvo, the ability to replicate road accidents contributes to
world-class crash safety.
Volvo's crash-test laboratory in Torslanda turns 10 this year - and the
almost 3,000 full-scale tests that have been carried out during the
high-tech facility's first decade have helped give Volvo owners some of the
"We can replicate most of the incident and accident scenarios that take
place out on the roads. By analyzing these and then testing new safety
technology in the crash-test laboratory, we can improve the safety level in
our cars so that they become even safer in real-life traffic conditions,"
says Thomas Broberg, Senior Safety Advisor at Volvo.
When the new safety center was inaugurated by Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf
in early 2000, it was one of the most advanced in the car industry - a
position it has retained over the years thanks to the continuous
implementation of new equipment and new test methods.
The latest technology infusion is in the form of a set of digital
high-speed cameras that can take 200,000 frames per second.
Apple Carplay Demo in Volvo Concept Estate -- Geneva Motor Show 2014
From the Geneva Motor Show 2014, Apple's Ed Langstroth demonstrates the
Apple CarPlay in the Volvo Concept Estate.
Starting with the upcoming all-new XC90, Apple CarPlay will seamlessly
integrate your iOS device with future Volvo models, allowing you to
intuitively access both Apple and third-party applications -- all with full
Siri voice control.
First Look: 2015 Volvo XC90 crossover SUV
Volvo finally reveals the all-new 2015 XC90 luxury crossover SUV, their
most important new product in decades. The first new vehicle since Volvo
was purchased by Geely, it will redefine the brand.
Real World Volvo Safety
Volvo safety in the real world...and re-created by Volvo. An inspiring look
at how Volvo dominates automotive safety through the use of their accident
investigation team and their revolutionary safety center.