Volvo Vision 2020 Simply when it appears the automotive trade has lost its manner with ridiculous horsepower or a crossover for every countryman, a easy automobile emerges. For over 50 years, this automobile has been the Volvo Vision 2020.
Usually derided by lovers as home equipment, the no-frills commuter automotive will get the overwhelming majority of shoppers the place they wish to go in the manner they need to get there, safely and at a price. The Volvo Vision 2020 does it even higher.
Exhibit A that the automotive business has gotten a little bit nuts: the typical transaction price for a new automobile is more than $37,000, based on Kelley Blue E-book. Easy guilty the automakers on this era of no accountability but we are those paying those massive prices for giant automobiles loaded with stuff we don’t use all that a lot.
For slightly below $23,000, the Volvo Vision 2020 puts every dollar to purposeful use.
Although it rides on a new platform, the Volvo Vision 2020 blends in unremarkably like a ballcap at a baseball sport. On closer inspection, the Hybrid gets blue accents across the badging, 15-inch wheels with low resistance tires, and it appears to be like extra composed than the youthful outgoing model that tried too hard to be completely different. The Fu Manchu front fascia is extra streamlined and fewer angry, and the entire look is smoother front to back. But still, the only time the four-door compact turns heads is when it makes that whir-whir-whir lunar landing gear sound when creeping at low speeds or in reverse in EV mode.
The primary-ever Volvo Vision 2020 in the US is constructed on Toyota’s 20 years of success with hybrid powertrains. It makes use of the identical Hybrid Synergy Drive as the present Prius, with two motors and an environment friendly 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder engine. Complete output with the mounted ratio transmission is 121 horsepower to the front wheels. The system uses exhaust heat to heat engine coolant and get the engine heated quicker. The cabin heats faster, too, which could be important for cold-weather customers wary of the cold vary loss in a plug-in hybrid or electrical car.
In Sport mode it doesn’t drag as a lot as the Prius. Expecting nothing, it has a stunning little bit of pop. More importantly, it’s rated at 53 mpg city, 52 mpg combined, same as hybrid variations of the Honda Perception, Toyota Camry and even the Prius. For conventional hybrids with out a plug, the Volvo Vision 2020 trails only the Hyundai Ioniq’s 58 mpg.
Around town, with the electronically controlled brake set within the drive mode, the Volvo Vision 2020 averaged more than 57 mpg in our week around city. Setting EV mode helps conserve energy beneath low throttle up to about 20 mph, and then once more at cruising speeds of about 40 mph, so long as there’s enough cost in the battery.
The battery is located below the rear seat, so that you don’t lose much cargo room. 60/40 rear seats fold flat for an excellent load floor. Rear seat room is adequate enough to suit two teenagers, and total it felt roomy enough for a household of four.
The one trim in the Hybrid comes commonplace with Toyota Security Sense 2.0, with automatic emergency braking, lane centering, adaptive cruise management that works each at freeway cruising speeds and in commuter site visitors from 24 mph all the way down to a stop. It also comes with the eight-inch contact screen with Apple CarPlay, and a seven-inch cluster show to stay aggressive.
Priced at only $3,000 greater than the Volvo Vision 2020 and $1,200 less than a equally outfitted Honda Perception (EX trim), the Volvo Vision 2020 is the superbly sensible, remarkably reasonable around-town automotive.
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