This is a fabulous car. It's very spacious, the seats incredibly comfortable and the turbo version extremely quick, so I don't think I would consider buying a different estate car. This car has never let us down.
This car has let me down severely. I have had the car for two years now (it's a 54 plate) and I have to say it was good at first. Then the problems started. First was the lightbulbs - within a month they had all gone. Then the battery and starting motor went dead when it got cold. Then the sunroof motor broke down when it was open (meaning that I couldn't close it). Then there was the air conditioning system, which suffered a broken compressor. The front suspension then broke. The cruise control wouldn't go higher than 60 wihout it causing the engine to cut out. Other minor faults included the cup holder pinging out instead of staying in, the lock on the glove box/storage compartment breaking and the auto lights stopping working when it drizzled or if the windscreen got wet. These are most of the faults that have cost me well in excess of £9000. The car's expensive to service and Volvo's customer services department might as well not be there. I like the look and stlye of Volvos and that's what caused me to buy it. Now I wish I hadn't bothered.
Having owned it now for three months and done 3000 miles, I would say very pleased overall. It is very comfortable to drive and be driven in, it has great load capacity and is very well appointed when you consider what a 5 series touring or E class would cost for the same specification. Engine very smooth and after initial warm up not that noisy for an big oil burner.So far have averaged over 37 mpg irrespective of journey type. It will never drive like a BMW but its a great family load carrier well built and easy to drive. Except when turning it tight spaces! If your looking for a family load lugger then its worth testing
This is a great car if you cruise motaways all day. It's not a good car for getting around town. With its terrible 11.6m steering lock and wide girth (1.8m) it is a difficult car to manoever around supermarket car parks, it's awkward to parallel park (I am normally good at this but find it challenging in the V70 because of the lock) and U-turns at mini-roundabaouts often have to be done with a three-point turn. The cost of servicing at the dealer is appalling: I have never been charged less than £300 for a routine service; the most recent (3 year/36k) was £430. This is for routine servicing (plugs, oil, filters etc). Goodness knows how much it will cost when something actually goes wrong with the car! Apart from the above it's a good car, quite fast and reasonably economical - I get 30 mpg average from sensible motorway driving and some urban
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