Suzuki Across 2.5 PHEV E-Four Automatic

Second Report It doesn’t feel like such a long time ago that, with a couple of new SUVs on the way, traditionally retail sales-weighted Suzuki was sizing up fleet opportunities with some competitive diesel engines. That groundwork and relationship-building has held firm in the meantime, but hybrids are at the forefront today and the Across […]


Report Three Like most of the UK’s 33-million passenger cars, our XC90 is spending more time parked up than it normally would. Local journeys are unusually favourable for a plug-in hybrid, of course, but I’ve picked up enough information to figure out how it compares to the ‘mild hybrid’ B5 diesel it replaced a couple […]


Second Test Well, that’s just typical. Our XC90 touched down in Cardiff at the start of December; a safe, wool-lined oasis of calm, shielded from the unpredictability of life in 2020. Two weeks later, Wales had been locked down again. Within a month, England had followed suit. Restricted travel has curtailed opportunities to enjoy a […]

Volvo XC90 Recharge T8 AWD Inscription

First Test   Like a lot of high-mileage drivers, this year has unexpectedly made me a prime candidate for a plug-in hybrid. Most of my long journeys have been replaced by Zoom calls, so a range of 20 to 30 miles covers the majority of my daily use, which in turn balances out the dent […]

Volvo XC90 B5 AWD R-Design geartronic

First Report   The silhouette of the typical family car has changed a lot since I was growing up. In the 1980s, a lift home from school in the third row of a Volvo would have involved peering out of the tailgate glass of an estate. Today, in a European market where 38 per cent […]