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PUBLISHED: 16:21 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:44 20 February 2013

Volvo XC90 DS SE

Volvo XC90 DS SE

Adrian Batchelor, director of Colchester-based watchmaker and jeweller Upchurch & Son, finds time to try the Volvo XC90 DS SE and discovers a real gem of a car...

Adrian Batchelor, director of Colchester-based watchmaker and jeweller Upchurch & Son, finds time to try the Volvo XC90 DS SE and discovers a real gem of a car...


Tell us about yourself
I am a director of Upchurch & Son, an independent family-run jewellery, watch repair and silversmith business which has traded in the heart of Colchester since 1952.


Do you enjoy motoring?
I am first and foremost a motor cyclist and own a Harley Davidson Heritage, which I love. Cars interest me a lot, too, and I travel to Peterborough regularly, so I like a good quality car that is enjoyable to drive. At the moment, I run a Mercedes-Benz C180 Coupé, which is a great car.

What have you owned and what would your dream car be?
I have a soft spot for convertibles - my favourite was a Mazda MX5 - but they were not really family cars, so they had to go.

I've also owned a Citroën 2CV, a gorgeous Daimler Six and a dinky Suzuki SJ410 jeep, which was hopelessly under-powered but great fun. I love the romance of classic cars, particularly the swooping lines of a Morgan or a Jaguar XK120, for instance. I did own an old Hillman Hunter, but I have to say I didn't enjoy that. If I won the lottery I would be tempted to blow it on a Bugatti Veyron, a McLaren Mercedes or a Pagani Zonda.

What would you do if you were Minister of Transport?
A town in Holland decided to get rid of all its traffic controls - lights, give ways, the lot. The result was everybody drove more carefully, there were fewer accidents and traffic flowed better.

How would a Volvo XC90 suit your lifestyle?
Extremely well. We have a Toyota Corolla Verso MPV at home and the Volvo beats it on every count. This even has a pair of occasional seats in the rear, making it a seven-seater.

How does the Volvo XC90 drive?
It's extremely good and the ride is more saloon car than 4x4. Parking is easy thanks to the sensors, visibility is excellent and my wife would love this. I was able to get in and drive it straight away. It's a real driver's car.

So, how do you rate the Volvo XC90?
It's a very well built and probably underrated car. It's luxurious, comfortable and very well designed. I'd love to have one of these cars.

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