Solid estate car with plenty of room for the dogs and golf clubs at the same time. Have driven this car for three years with no major problems. There is nothing to criticise but equally an absence of any excitement. How do Volvo manage to take the fun out of driving? The driving experience is like sitting in a living room sofa. Anyway the dogs seem to like the space and I find the seats and drive very comfortable on long journeys. Would not purchase again.
Bought as an approved used car from main dealer. My third volvo. Overall a very comfortable and well thought out car. Easy to drive (apart from an appalling turning circle) very refined,quite well equiped, full of thoughtfull touches that make family motoring a pleasure. Its a shame then that this model of V70 (2001 51 reg) has an inherant design fault with the electronic throttle control. Its consequntly stodgy to drive, is prone to erratic running, awfull fuel consumption (23mpg) and this component WILL repeatedly fail prematurely at a cost of about £500. Volvo have known about this for years but try and keep it quiet. Their customer service is arrogant and unhelpful to a mind boggling degree. Its a terrible shame, this once great car maker is not what it once was.
I hired a V70 2.4D Geartronic while my own S60 T5 SE Geartronic was in for service and first MoT.
The 2.4D has 163bhp and was no slouch - as with my own S60, it has incredibly comfortable seats - I drove from Winchester to Edinburgh non-stop overnight (445 miles) and did not suffer from any aches and pains.
Fuel consumption was around 42 mpg - so pretty good - which works out at 10p per mile.
My only critism is that it seemed a bit noisy going up through the gears, but once set on cruise control you wouldn't know you were in a diesel. I guess the 185 version is more refined. It's certainly a good load lugger.
My comments relate to a 2005 model year car, which has now done 86,000 miles in 14 months.
It's an excellent long-distance estate car, and the seats for front passengers are excellent. The interior features are well thought-out and in SE specification, it is well kitted out compared to German alternatives. The car has averaged 42mpg after 36,000 miles, and 39mpg until this point. There have been no breakdowns and the Pirelli tyres gave excellent life.
The negative points are restricted to four: there's poor rear leg room; the turning circle is poor; steering feel could be better; and headlamp bulbs fail regularly.
It's a very practical car that wears the miles well. although it is perhaps a bit over-priced now.
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