I have owned my V70 from new and it is now 3 years old with 75,000 miles on the clock. Minus points: Tyres need changing after 20,000 miles and are very expensive - Plus points: Brilliantly comfortable seats, totally reliable mechanically; service experience, customer care excellent; 40+ MPG using light right foot; smooth cruising on motorways; great load carrier with flat folding rear seats; sat nav operation without removing either hand from steering wheel (you do need to read the operating manual) - Am changing car as now out of warranty and only buying a BMW 5 Series as the deal offered by BME was far superior to a Volvo replacement. Pity.
I too had the challenge of finding a car that would take 3 car seats across the back but wasn't an MPV. Looked at Audi; VW etc but none would fit the 3 child seats. Reluctantly? choose the V70 but have I've come to really enjoy it. (Bought volvo's booster for the middle initially)
I often have 4hr+ drives on mixed A roads in the Highlands of Scotland and it's a pleasure to drive; good power when needed and you get out feeling more relaxed than you should after 4hrs behind the wheel.
Would prefer a few more mpg but that's probably more to do with a heavy right foot (get about 34-35).
Overall - a great family car that can be chucked about surprisingly well for it's size.
I have recently purchased a June 2008 registered V70 2.0D SE Manual. It is an ex-demo with the following extras; Leather seats, rear parking sensors, winter pack, family pack. My first experience of the car was to drive to Spain and back! It took a long time for the new shape V70 to grow on me but so far I am very pleased with it. It is taller with a larger passenger and load compartment, it is quieter and lighter to drive with a better turning circle. It will cruise all day at 80mph, but only 40mpg? Having had three of the previous model V70's this car actually feels different, but still has all of the previous models virtues! There are a few niggles though. The 2.0D(136PS) manual is perfectly adequate but is no better on fuel than my old D5(185PS) geartronic? The storage tray in between the seats has cupholders that are non-removeable and take up too much space and the 12V power point is vertically mounted just behind the gearlever inside the storage tray. This means that when you have the satnav plugged in, you cannot close the storage tray lid and the cable catches on your arm when changing gear! If you have keys attached to the starter key fob, they dangle over the aluminium facia vents and rattle! Minor things I know, but after driving this car 3000 miles in two weeks, these are the things that you notice. Trouble is, now I would really like the new shape V70 D5(185PS) SE Lux geartronic. I miss the extra power and auto gearbox. So I had better start saving up.
Considering a V70 as a company car but have 3 kids with the youngest being 1 and am concerned that I can't get all 3 car seats in the back. Have tried an Audi A6 and a BMW 5 and it's really tight in the back.
Does anyone know whether I can get a car seat (for the one year old) between the factory fitted child booster seats in the V70? I can't find one locally to try this.
thanks for your help
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