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Volvo XC90 T8 scoops Car of the Year award at Stuff Gadget Awards 2015

Volvo XC90 T8 scoops Car of the Year award at Stuff Gadget Awards 2015

Swedish carmaker Volvo has scooped another award, this time for its XC90 T8.

The XC90 T8 Twin Engine petrol-electric hybrid was voted Car of the Year in the Stuff Gadget Awards 2015, receiving praise for its technology and range of driver aids.

A nine inch touchscreen takes pride of place on the dash, providing tablet-style functionality with pinch and zoom and swipe features.

Sensus Connect comes as standard on the XC90 T8, which includes internet connectivity and access to a range of web apps such as Rdio, Stitcher, TuneIn, LocalSearch and Yelp.

Another standard feature is the Volvo On Call app. The app allows you to perform tasks remotely, such as locking and unlocking the car, checking whether the doors and windows are closed, and access the car's trip computer information.

If the driver can't find their XC90, using the On Call app, they can view the location of their XC90 on a map and sound the car's horn and flash its headlights. The app even uses the car's GPS to track the vehicle if it is stolen and automatically alerts the emergency services if an accident takes place.

With its powerful petrol engine combined with an electric motor, the XC90 T8 boasts dynamic performance with outstanding efficiency and environmental credentials.

Nick Connor, Managing Director of Volvo Car UK, said: "To have the XC90 T8 Twin Engine's technology honoured by such an influential gadgetry title is a tremendous result. With its high-tech petrol-electric powertrain and ground-breaking connectivity features, the XC90 T8 is the most technologically advanced car Volvo has ever built. It is also full of electronic equipment designed to make your life easier, so while cars are getting more sophisticated, the XC90 T8 is proof that they don't have to be more complicated."