Volvo's XC90 has been awarded the title 'Best 4x4' of 2015 at Diesel Car Magazine's annual Car of the Year awards.
The magazine's team of writers tested more than 200 new vehicles over the past 12 months, voting on each one of thee across ten different categories. The panel of judges shortlisted just 28 finalists, before declaring ten category winners and one overall winner.
The judges praised the Volvo XC90's engineering, driving dynamics, interior quality, powertrains and design, saying it was "perhaps the most significant new car in the company's 88-year history."
Nick Connor, managing director at Volvo Car UK, said: "The XC90 is a true landmark for Volvo indeed it represents the dawn of a new era for our brand in this country, so I'm absolutely delighted to receive this award.
"It's a car we're really proud of, and which has generated a lot of interest and over 1,000 customer orders even before it has officially arrived at UK dealers. It's a great start to an exciting future for Volvo in the UK."
Announcing the award win, Ian Robertson, editor and publisher of Diesel Car Magazine, added: "The first all-new car to be launched by Volvo using a totally fresh architecture, it's obvious that no expense has been spared in search of excellence, with the introduction of all-new 2.0-litre powertrains, a fresh scalable platform, the very latest technology, together with a heavy dose of Swedish style for good measure.
"Elevated quality levels, class-leading refinement and economy, and a behind the wheel experience that is driver focused, all contrive to create a vehicle that is at the pinnacle of the 4x4 class."
by: Sophie Williamson-Stothert