Why Lease A Volvo?
Volvo is a Swedish manufacturer of premium cars that boasts a long and illustrious history. It’s a brand that likes to do things a bit differently, so leasing a Volvo car gives you the perfect alternative to one of the established German premium cars from BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz.
Volvo’s history dates back to 1927, when it was founded in Gothenburg with the intention of improving automotive safety. In 2010, it was purchased by Chinese manufacturer Geely, whom it remains owned by today.
Recently, Volvo introduced an all-new electric carmaker, called Polestar. This used to be a name that Volvo put on its more performance-orientated models and motorsport endeavours. However, since 2017, Polestar has been making its own luxurious and fully electric cars.
Modern Volvos have retained the quality and safety focus, but ramped up the features, technology and style. Its cars are increasingly hybridised or fully electric and crammed full of minimalist Scandinavian style that stands in contrast to much of the competition. Volvo aims for a comfort-oriented driver and passenger experience, rather than particularly sporty or dynamic.
The Volvo Range
Volvo has a relatively small range of cars, but they offer something for everyone. SUVs make up a big chunk of Volvo’s range, with the XC40, XC60 and XC90 offering options at different sizes, and now complemented by the new small coupe-style C40 crossover. There’s also a pair of saloons, the S60 and S90, complemented by estate versions badged as the V60 and V90.
Most Volvo models are available in either front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). All but a small handful have automatic gearboxes, which better suit the relaxed style of driving that the designers and engineers have tried to facilitate.
When it comes to power, Volvo has a range of petrol and diesel engines, most equipped with a mild-hybrid system. This uses a small electric motor and 48-volt battery to recover and store energy from braking. Unlike other hybrid systems, it doesn’t allow the car to drive on electric power only.
The company also has several cars with plug-in hybrid systems. These use a much larger battery and electric motor, and can be recharged by plugging into the grid, either via a home wallbox or at a public charger. In addition, Volvo offers fully electric vehicles, which have no petrol or diesel engine.