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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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75 reader reviews for Volvo V70 Estate.
  • 2.0T SE 5dr

    Tony Kearins , Leics . Date: 20/06/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Bought it 8 months old in 04 with 12k on the clock, and now done 97k, faultlessly. Negatives - Auto can be jerky (drive smoothly, it behaves) and servicing costs are horrendous (sure they had finance forms on the service desk!!). Turning circle akin to a super tanker, but a fantastic tourer. Mid-range is quick, fuel economy (the reason she has to go) is high 20's with a light right foot - get excited and 22-23 mpg the norm. I'm now changing for a diesel - I'll wait for the new V70 2.0d to come down in price and get one of those in 18 mnths. It is the 1st car I've kept more than 2 years and enjoy it to drive today as much as the day I bought it. Shame about the economy, but £300/month in fuel - it's more expensive than my wife!!!

  • D5 SE 5dr

    David Walsh , London . Date: 01/06/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      50

    My car

    I wrote a review of my D5 way back in 2008, when the car had 55k on the clock. Since then, I've driven another 90k miles, and never had a single problem. The Volvo remains just as much a pleasure to drive now as it was when I bought it; supremely comfortable (the seats are so comfortable that I love my 12-hour drives to the south of France), effortlessly powerful, immensely practical (it's SO spacious in the boot), consistently frugal (I'm averaging 50mpg on a mix of motorways and urban driving) and trouble free. It's cheap to own (service is £200, insurance is similar, depreciation is negligible now as its probably only worth £1750) and in the 10 years I've owned it, I've only had to replace the front bushes (at 120k miles); other than the bushes, nothing else has required work. A few years ago I was shunted while stationary by a Saab going at 40mph, and the Volvo's unbreakable body proved just how safe it was: the comment of a passing police officer summed it up perfectly - "it's a V70, mate; they're the safest thing on the road and nothing dents them... which is why we coppers love them". I've been fortunate enough to own a lot of cars over the years (Porsches, Land Rovers, BMWs etc.), but this without doubt the best I've ever owned; it's a truly superb car and even tthough Id ordinarily have looked to replace it long before now, i cant think of anything to beat it for all-round capability and dependability. I'm looking forward to the next 150k miles.

  • 2.4D S 5dr

    John Whittle , Cumbria . Date: 18/05/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    We bought an 2003 2.4 D5 with 52,000 in Oct 2007 and we have done 8,000miles trouble free. Our overall fuel cosumption is 39.6mpg and on a long run to NW Scotland when we were really trying to stretch it, we hit 52.7mpg. (At one stage we had run 217miles and had 710 miles left in the tank.

    We had not noticed the turning circle, but then we have had a few Discoveries and anything after a Disco is going to turn around more easily.

    + points; Wonderful relaxed tourer, eats miles whether motorways or poor back roads. Great seats, excellent cabin and bags of room for all. Huge space for front passengers. (Try pushing the steering wheel forward and then your seat to get comfortable, now see how much rear leg room your passenger has......) Big car that does not feel that bulky when on the move. Modest, almost self effacing presence. With back seats folded down the load deck rivals our previous Discovery 3. Drives much the same whether fully loaded or not.

    - Points; Does not want to pushed hard, has grip, but a V70 is not a sports car. (Our other car is a V50 S and that is far sharper but the ride is nothing like as serene.) The engine is fine, but does not want to be pushed.

    A good car that has joined our list of 'favourite cars ever'.

  • 2.4 170 5dr

    wendy law , staffordshire . Date: 30/04/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    We had our v70 estate as our company vehicle in 2000. In 2004 we were so impressed we bought the car from our company as a car for me...It had done 120,000 miles then...Never a problem and it just keeps going...Its been abroard with us to France Germany Italy...My only fault is the turning circle.....Dream of a car and still going strong and with us today...145,000 on the clock now...Ill be sorry to see him go...Have another.....You bet!

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