Auto Express And Diesel Car Awards Praise Volvo's Quality, Performance And Design

Volvo has won awards from Auto Express and Diesel Car magazines for the quality, design and performance of its latest models, beating key premium brand rivals.

  • AUTO EXPRESS ‘New Car Honours 2002’:
  • S60 D5 – Best Executive Diesel Car
  • V70 – Best Estate Car
  • S80 – runner-up, Executive Car
  • DIESEL CAR ‘Diesel Car Of The Year Awards 2002’:
  • V70 D5 - Best Estate
Three Volvo models starred in Auto Express magazine’s New Car Honours 2002 awards, which were announced today.

The refined, new Volvo D5 engine took the S60 to victory in the ‘Best Executive Diesel’ category, leaving BMW 3-Series and Mercedes S-Class diesels as runners-up, and, yet again, the unbeatable Volvo V70 scooped the ‘Best Estate Car’ award for the third year running. Meanwhile, the Volvo S80 gained joint runner-up status alongside the BMW 5 Series in the Executive car category.

Auto Express showered Volvo’s award winning cars with praise, describing the S60 D5 as "delivering refinement to match its chief rivals," as well as providing "greater throttle response and driving involvement." It added: "While the [BMW] 330d has undoubtedly changed the perceptions of diesel saloons, the S60 D5 takes that progress a step further."

The V70 received similar compliments, in particular for having "build quality of the highest order throughout," as well as being "strong and safe, practical and well appointed, - the V70 shows the rest how to provide everything a good estate car should have… for yet another year."

Meanwhile, Volvo’s V70 recently won another best ‘Estate’ award, as much for the quality of its design as well as its refined and powerful D5 engine, in Diesel Car magazine’s ‘Diesel car of the Year Awards 2002’.

"There was never any question about the excellence of the Volvo as a capacious and practical estate, particularly desirable because its voluminous, sensibly-shaped cargo bay is enclosed within a gorgeously sleek and stylish body." Diesel Car continued: "Now it has more power, more torque and much more refinement from Volvo’s own 2.4-litre, 5-cylinder common rail turbodiesel, it cannot help but take the estate crown again."

Published 17 July 2002 Melanie Carter

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