View Full Version : Australians bashing new XC90!



volvocu
02-19-2015, 03:34 AM
Whats with them bashing this incredible SUV, awarding a dismal 3 stars for such a desirable, innovative, well executed car??

http://www.carsguide.com.au/car-reviews/2015-volvo-xc90-review-first-drive-31041#.VOWd4YpXenM

The review from Motoring is even worse, they had given it 6.3 out of 10, and the ratings dont even show up anymore after the serious backlack from the commentors!

http://m.motoring.com.au



I really sense hostility when such unreasonably negative reviews come up; dont understand the reason though...

In the Australians' defense though one publication gave 4 stars and a fair review:

http://www.caradvice.com.au/337212/2015-volvo-xc90-review/

Freddyteddy
02-19-2015, 05:02 AM
I got the same feeling about those Australian remarks. I found it quite odd that all other journalists did not come to the same conclusion, especially since German and British car journalists are usually quite critical of Volvo's products.

then again, you have got to give those Aussies credit for being consistent, even though it appears to give a hint of prejudice.

volvocu
02-19-2015, 05:33 AM
There certainly seems to be a negative prejudice towards the volvo brand given how bitter feeling the remarks are about this super-modern vehicle. I remember the slogan "bloody Volvo drivers" being used by volvo marketing in Australia during the second gen S60 launch, indicating a long standing negative perception of Volvo in the Australian market; nonetheless this cannot justify the exaggerated negative bias towards the brand clearly evident in the tone of the press. To prove my point just check the latest nonsense below:

http://mobile.news.com.au/technology/innovation/volvo-backs-down-from-its-bold-prediction-that-no-one-will-die-in-a-volvo-by-2020/story-fnjwucvh-1227225165521

finnvolvo
02-19-2015, 06:55 AM
Whats with them bashing this incredible SUV, awarding a dismal 3 stars for such a desirable, innovative, well executed car??

http://www.carsguide.com.au/car-reviews/2015-volvo-xc90-review-first-drive-31041#.VOWd4YpXenM

The review from Motoring is even worse, they had given it 6.3 out of 10, and the ratings dont even show up anymore after the serious backlack from the commentors!

http://m.motoring.com.au



I really sense hostility when such unreasonably negative reviews come up; dont understand the reason though...

In the Australians' defense though one publication gave 4 stars and a fair review:

http://www.caradvice.com.au/337212/2015-volvo-xc90-review/

OK, I read all of the reviews and did not think the reviews were overly negative. All of them complained about vague steering feel and floaty suspension. Other than that, they were quite positive on the XC90. I don't see what the problem is with these reviews. Let's see what the NA press will say.

12Ounce
02-19-2015, 08:12 AM
I wonder how much the optional air suspension affected the slightly negative reviews? I further wonder if the large diameter cylinders, typical in air suspensions, forced Volvo to move from double wishbone back to McPherson on the front end? Reviews on later production models may be more positive.

pattyweb
02-19-2015, 08:36 AM
IMO, we need to relax and just wait for more reviews. The XC90 is the best effort out of Volvo in a long time. There are wrinkles here and there, but it's solid. The only near term issue is reviewers letting the damaged Volvo brand name get in the way of an honest review.

I don't really care about these initial reviews anyways. Volvos show and demo well. The new XC90 will definitely impress at first. What I want to know is if it will continue to impress in the long run. IMO, the issue with Volvos are all the tiny little annoying details one finds out about after the fact that eventually add up to a not so great experience. These things never come out in initial reviews.

What I want to see is that there are still excellent reviews next year and that sales keep growing and growing year after year.

Brutus99
02-19-2015, 10:16 AM
http://www.caradvice.com.au/337212/2015-volvo-xc90-review/

"Our T8 test cars were pre-production, but showed the potential for how fun a hybrid SUV can be with blistering acceleration (0-100km/h in 5.1 seconds)"

Wow, T8 pretty quick 5.1 sec 0-100km/h! :cool:

volvocu
02-19-2015, 10:23 AM
No its 5.9. Regarding the comment "not so negative" this is untrue, the SUV is not floaty according to all other reviews and the safety and security rating was 7/10 on one of those reviews! Is there any safer vehicle on the road today? No, didnt think so, thus the safety rating should have been 10/10.

By the way I'm not upset that they did not like it as much as I want them to, no its about unfair bad publicity for the brand I respect most...

Brutus99
02-19-2015, 11:00 AM
No its 5.9.

Until the car is officially tested the 5.9 is just an estimate.

If they achieved 5.1 0-100km/h then it will be faster to 0-60mp/h. More likely it will be.

Bmo Pete
02-19-2015, 01:16 PM
There certainly seems to be a negative prejudice towards the volvo brand given how bitter feeling the remarks are about this super-modern vehicle. I remember the slogan "bloody Volvo drivers" being used by volvo marketing in Australia during the second gen S60 launch, indicating a long standing negative perception of Volvo in the Australian market; nonetheless this cannot justify the exaggerated negative bias towards the brand clearly evident in the tone of the press. To prove my point just check the latest nonsense below:

http://mobile.news.com.au/technology/innovation/volvo-backs-down-from-its-bold-prediction-that-no-one-will-die-in-a-volvo-by-2020/story-fnjwucvh-1227225165521

..I agree with you. I believe Volvo has always described this as a "vision" for 2020, not a promise.

fleuger99
02-20-2015, 11:42 AM
I find it really interesting how people take this so personally on one hand and on the other talk about how solid this vehicle is without knowing anything about it except from press releases and photos. I have no stake in the company so I don't take any of this personally at all. I'll test drive it and if I like it I'd lease one. If not, I go somewhere else. As simple as that.