CAR OF THE WEEK: VOLVOS DON'T have to be estates. Neither do they need to be ponderous, slab-shaped school-run specials. That's why Volvo created a premium performance brand a few years ago, calling these refined supercars Rs. The old 850 got the R treatment and was a fine car. A saloon Volvo is practical and makes a change from furiously expensive BMWs and Mercs. Phil Whitaker Cars (01753 647777) is a respected Volvo specialist and has an S-reg, 8,000-mile example in racing red, for just pounds 19,900.

James Ruppert

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