I own the S70 saloon, but as they are basically the same car, here is my experience.
My car has been handed down from my Dad - the only reason he was changing it was that he was about to retire and wanted to buy his last new car before he stopped working.
My S70 is a 1998 TDI SE. We bought it from Harrats Volvo, Barnsley in 2000 with 14,000 miles and it had been a Volvo management car. It has covered 92,000 miles and I can count the major faults on one had and still have fingers to spare.
The sensor of the flywheel was fixed under warranty, the unlock side of the remote locking broke, but all the other locks work fine, and the driver’s door check strap weld broke at 86,000 miles.
I regularly do a 200-mile trip along country roads and motorways. On the smaller roads you don’t notice the size and on the motorways there is nothing more civilised. The ride is quiet and smooth, and the seats are the best I have ever had in a car.
The ICE sounds wonderful and even after 10 years the climate control is excellent. The steering can be a bit vague. The best is that even doing speeds on the motorway, it still reads an average of 43.9mpg!
This has to be one of the best cars I have ever owned. The only reason I am selling is a move overseas. I could not recommend this car highly enough.
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We have the 2.0-litre petrol auto (not turbo) version. My husband feels it is slightly underpowered, but then he has a BMW 530d, which, when you put your foot on the accelerator leaves your cheeks in the headrest! I never have any problem overtaking on long journeys.
In town driving, it returns 18.4-19.3mpg. On long distances, it is very good, but I can't remember now offhand exactly how well.
However, it needs extra climate control vents for the rear seats. Once there are six or seven people in the car and it is in any way wet, you definitely need to fit the extra fans to ensure all the windows remain clear (these are available).
The car has not given us a moment of trouble since we bought it four years ago.
However, Volvo garages in the Republic of Ireland are very expensive for servicing and other work. We needed to retro-fit an extra set of seats in the cargo compartment and a cargo grill (for when the seats are not being used). The price in Dublin and Belfast were incomparable. In Belfast we got the whole job done for the price of the seats in Dublin, and it was completed in one day as opposed to the the two days I was quoted in Dublin.
It is the most versatile car I have ever owned. When we ever need to move stuff, go on holiday, or carry extra kids, it has never been found wanting. It looks good, too! Unfortunately, once the kids get a bit older, we will have to change brand, as children can only sit in the cargo compartment seats till they are 4ft 11i
I bought this car three-and-a-half years ago from an independent dealer. Just after purchase it needed major work on the steering. Since then, we have enjoyed faultless motoring.
It has been serviced by main dealers who are superb, polite, helpful and willing to negotiate price and always wash the car.
I have the 2.5 petrol automatic version, and it is quite thirsty - 25-30mpg is always the range. I believe the diesel version of this car does over 40mpg. It does go through front tyres quite quickly and is hard to park because of the huge bonnet, but it is very practical because of the huge boot.
I am 6'8" tall and find the car very comfortable. The people who sit behind me might not agree though. Our car now has over 100,000 miles on the clock and still performs as well as it it did when I bought it.
It has climate control, and a 6-CD autochanger which all work faultlessly. We probably won't buy another Volvo because we have growing children and ageing parents and need a seven-seater (I can't afford an XC90) but we would buy another Volvo based on our experiences with this one.
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