2009 Volvo XC90 Design-R: Santa’s Got a Whole New Sled

Egg Lake, BC — It’s -36, Celsius or Fahrenheit, take your pick no conversion is necessary. That’s at 10AM. In the sun. The air has warmed since it hit -38 last night. What possessed us to test the Volvo XC90 Design-R in such temperatures? An attempt to test this luxury SUV at the limits of human endurance? In a way yes, it’s my annual pilgrimage north for a pre-Christmas family visit.

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2008 Volvo XC70 – Snow-mobile

Looking rugged enough to grace a Mountain Equipment Co-op catalogue, the redesigned for 2008 Volvo XC70 hails from Sweden, a land that knows about a fate few Canadians escape – winter driving. A number of lukewarm reviews for this all-wheel drive station wagon have been written in sunny California, but what happens when the XC70 is held to a more Nordic standard of performance?

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