I still drive the car I was kindly brought when I passed my test almost 8 years ago.
Though it is getting to a point it perhaps needs to be replaced and I am finding driving very hard on my left-hand side. So had been thinking of changing from manual to automatic.
So when the lovely people at Volvo got in touch and asked if I would like to try out a Volvo S90 as part of their Volvo Selekt programme I thought it would be fun to try out something a little bit different from my poor old Panda.
Volvo Selekt Programme
First things first, let's have a chat about the Volvo Selekt Programme.
If you are looking to buy a used Volvo, this is a great way to go about it.
It allows you to know that the cars are in great condition and have been cared for by previous owners.
All cars are under 7 years old and travelled less than 100,000 miles. Comes with a full service history and have gone through over 100 different tests and checked and received a full software upgrade.
As well as this they come with a 12-month unlimited mileage warranty. MOT test warranty which covers up to £750 of repairs. 12 months of Volvo's European roadside assistance package and a 30-day or 1500 mile exchange guarantee.
Meaning you know you can be safe in the knowledge you are getting a good car for your money, which has been thoroughly checked by the company.
To get a feel for the Volvo brand a bit more I was kindly lent an S90 for the weekend.
The S90 is a luxury saloon car, which comes with metallic paint, alloy wheels, full front and rear parking assist and so much more.
It was my first try and driving such a large car and also using an automatic car.
So I guess I should start off with a story I told part of over on Instagram the weekend I had this car.
Sarah Learns the Hard Way to Drive an Automatic
We had a lovely driver drop off the car, as we live out in the sticks a little we said why don't you drive us over to Lichfield and teach us a bit about the car and you will be able to jump on the train.
During the drive, I closely listened and paid attention. He asked if all was OK, I nodded yes and off he went on his way.
Then I had to try and turn the car on and get it going.
It didn't work; whatever I did I couldn't get the engine to switch on.
So Ash jumps out of the car and runs after the driver, who was just about to jump on the train.
He kindly phoned me and walked me through it again. Thankfully I managed to get the car running.
Off we go! Now you would think that we would be fine from this point. But oh, no.
Clever so and so here managed to knock the controls to the left, which put the automatic car into manual.
Luckily my parents aren't too far from the train station, so I managed to get the car there and my Dad who is obviously a much, much better driver than me. Got me sorted and I managed to drive back home after a few turns around the block.
Volvo S90 Accessories and Technology
Now my Panda came with a tape player, so it is very tech limited.
So one thing I love getting to play with when trying out cars is the advanced technology that is available in newer cars.
The Volvo S90 comes with some amazing features. I was able to link up my phone via Bluetooth in just moments, with any phone calls being routed through from the moment it was set up. While music was easily playable.
The dash behind the wheel showed not only all the normal gadgets such as speed, fuel, time and temperature but also the speed limit of the area you are driving in.
Back to the main information screen, this could quickly be changed between showing the navigation route, what music was playing, to scrolling through your phone contacts.
The wing mirrors include a red light which shows when someone is in your blind spot! Such a handy feature.
Volvo S90 Parking Assist.
Hands up one of my favourite things about this car is the parking assist that it has in place.
Front and rear view parking cameras are really common these days.
However, the Volvo S90 goes a step further. Offering a 360-degree view around the car. Although to the sides the view is slightly distorted, it really makes a difference.
The only issues we found when it came to parking is the sensors would kick in around 10 inches before you hit anything, which is great! Except for when you're trying to park on my parent's drive, as it was only just long enough to accommodate the car and could do with those few extra inches near the door.
This was something that could be overridden but it took most of the weekend to work out how.
Volvo S90 Overall Experience.
Overall I think both my Dad and I enjoyed driving the Volvo S90 over the weekend we had it.
I came to the conclusion that I definitely need to change to an automatic to help with the pain I experience while I drive.
It was fun getting to try out a car which could knock the sunglasses off your head when you put your foot down on the motorway.
I think it is a great sized car, for families and definitely something to think of for those who want a little bit of luxury while they drive.
If you want to find out more about the Volvo S90 you can over on the Volvo website.
What do you think of the sound of the Volvo S90, is it a car you would like to drive?
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