Feb 2 2010 Maurice Glover
Big size, small thirst
TWO new Volvo models are thought to be the first to offer best-of-both-worlds transport for executives.
Powered by small-capacity turbocharged engines backed by gadgetry designed to make the most of diesel fuel, the latest DRIVe S80 saloon and V70 estate cars manage to cover up to 62.8 miles to each gallon.
That level of efficiency allows the luxury models to be driven more than 1,000 miles before their tanks need filling up - and with tailpipe exhaust emissions of only 119g/km, they also save on road tax with annual excise duty costing only £35.
'These cars offer the best environmental performance in their respective classes and both provide lower benefit in kind tax bills for company motorists. Few of our competitors can match us when it comes to offering an extensive range of low emission cars,' said Volvo Cars chief executive Stephen Odell.
Both models use 109bhp, 1.6-litre motors fitted with intelligent battery recharging to ensure battery charging takes place only when the engine is operating at low load. In addition the belt that drives the alternator and air conditioning compressor benefits from reduced friction to benefit fuel consumption and emissions.