V70 D5 SE Auto. The first thing you notice is the comfort of the seats, this is the first car I have driven that hasn't given me neck ache for the first week till I get the correct seat adjustment.
Overall I find the cabin first class, apart from the seats, all the controls anr easy to fond and use and the quality feels good.
As you would expect from a Volvo Estate the load area is huge, lange enough to hold all my golf gear including a large electric cart.
Economy is good for such a large car with an auto box given my enthusiastic driving style even though the computer is a little optimistic, when the gauge was approaching the red sector I was told I still had a range of 150 miles, needless to say I didn't trust it and filled the large tank as soon as possible.
So far the dealer has been ok rather than good, as usual it is the service department that lets the side down.
Overall I am extremely pleased with the car and it shiuld prove to be a comfortable and economical cruiser, I would recomend the car to anyone who needs to move large amounts of goods in comfort.
I've now owned a V70 D5 for two years and would definitiely be buying another in May 2005 had Volvo had the foresight to make the D5 engine Euro IV compliant. The P11D tax rating and increased RRP make it just too expensive for me this time round.
What a pity! Looking at alternatives, there really is no other car around - at the price - which gives you so much.
The interior of the car is comfortable and roomy, and has clearly been carefully and cleverly designed: it doesn't possess those irritating little design flaws that most other cars have and which make you ask "why have they done that?" The stereo is good too.
The major drawback is the lock - which is terrible and takes some getting used to: watching someone park a V70 must confirm most people's prejudices against Volvo drivers.
The engine is really excellent - a masterpiece. It doesn't even sound like a diesel. Loads of torque makes motorway overtaking completely painless and the car never feels heavy or underpowered. Handling and ride quality are good, and grip is predictable and better than you might expect for a car of this size (I opted for 17" wheels).
Most of my driving is taken up by a daily commute of around 120 miles. The Volvo is quick and rarely needs more than 3000 rpm. Consequenly, it returns over 40 mpg consistently.
Two colleagues also own V70s and are delighted with them.
I have driven this car from new (about 12,000 miles) and consider that your rating of it is exactly correct.
Fuel consumption (diesel) is slightly disappointing but only slightly and the only other disappointment is the lock, which isn't a patch on the older models.
Otherwise this is an excellent car and designed for real life motoring.
The ergonomics of the driver's compartment are excellent and the car brims with good practical extras which most other cars don't have.
I disagree with the view that the car is pricey bearing in mind what you get for your money.
I own a February 2001 Volvo 2.4T SE with 44,000 miles. This is the best car we've ever owned.
The 5-speed manual is precise but not a box that you can rush. High levels of grip, precise steering and low body roll mean you can push this car. It's deceptively quick without being exciting (ie noisy). The five-pot motor is a peach with loads of torque.
This car has NOT been expensive to run. Average fuel consumption is around 27mpg in stop/start commuting and 31-33mpg on motorway runs. Performance and refinement seem to improve noticeably with the octane number!
The car is very practical. The seats are excellent and rear legroom is good. Load space is excellent but oddment space is strangely lacking. Its ergonomics are the best I've seen.
The quality of controls is very good although some cabin plastics could be better. The climate control system is outstanding... in a different league to the 3-series.
I'd happily buy another V70 D5 or XC70 D5. Bizarrely, British pundits seem to dislike XC70 but in Portugal and the US it's more popular than the V70 for good reason - unlike the UK, 4x4s are driven off road with far greater regularity by necessity and roads are more punishing.
In real life there is little to separate the Audi Allroad and XC70 - it's a matter of personal taste: both are more practical than an X5.
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