Volvo V70

The Essentials

  • Price from £26,245
  • What Car? says: 3 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 62.8mpg
  • What is it? omfortable, spacious and built to last, if slightly underwhelming to drive

Great

  • Plenty of luxury kit
  • Class-leading safety record and equipment
  • Huge boot is immensely practical

Gripes

  • It's starting to feel dated compared with rivals
  • Turning circle is a pain
  • Petrol engines are expensive to run
  • Drive

    Great on the motorway but unsettled around town

  • Inside

    Solid, functional and oh-so-comfortable seats

  • Safety

    As you'd expect from a Volvo; superb

  • Reliability

    Built like a tank, the V70 shouldn't let you down

  • Space

    Excellent. Plenty of space for passengers and a massive boot that has lots of clever touches

  • Standard and extras

    You get a lot for your money. Most models even have leather

  • What's it like to drive?

    There are three petrol engines to choose from  but it's the diesel-engined models that make the most sense. Theres the 2.0 D3  which give a good compromise between performance and economy  and the 2.4-litre D5. All models are smooth and relaxed when cruising

  • What's it like inside?

    The V70 has some of most comfortable seats we've tried, and both the driver's seat and the steering wheel have plenty of adjustment. The boot is well-shaped, but it's on the shallow side meaning some rivals have a bigger overall capacity. The rear seat can folded flat. It can also be ordered with built-in child booster seats.

  • How reliable is it?

    The cabin is built to last a lifetime of hard use, and the materials used inside are classy. However, the V70 finished bottom of its class in the 2012 JD Power survey, but encouragingly, it scored well for mechanical reliability

  • Should I buy one?

    The V70 is as practical, safe and sensible as you'd expect from the manufacturer. Shame the Volvo V70 isn't more refined or better to drive. If safety is your prime concern then it's a serious proposition, but if there are better-driving rivals to consider