I'm now 3 weeks into my ownership after having owned Audi's, VW's a Mercedes, a BMW and I wanted a change; so far I do not regret it. It's a well equipped car for the price and at least as well built as anything from Germany, although after only 2 weeks a warning message has appeared that the dealer could not fix on their first attempt (it seems to be an electronic glitch). The styling, both inside and out, is not especially exciting altough there are numerous thoughful, intelligent design features on the car (the heated and ventilated leather seats and Bluetooth phone system are superb) - my view is it's typically Scandinavian in it's design and none the worse for that. Performance wise it's very good (I have a manual rather than automatic), so far reasonably economical at 34mpg and quieter than an E320CDI I used to have. The handling is safe rather than involving. Anyone who is a German badge snob will probably not give one a second look but if you're prepared to be open minded I think you'll be very pleasantly surprised!
I have recently purchased the new V70 D5 SE to replace a one-year-old V70 2.4D (old model).
It does not appear to be any quieter or quicker than the old car, although I suspect the engine will loosen up soon. After having ridden in a BMW 5 Series 2.5d, the engine is, I have to say, a bit noisy and harsh under full acceleration. On the motorway it is fine and has enough torque to deal with safe overtaking.
Looks-wise, I don't like the new rear end light clusters and everyone these days has an obsession with reducing window size.
Inside, the car is well built although the new seats just don't seem as comfortable as the outgoing model. And please put some decent carpet in! This is a £30k car, not a Kia Pride!
I like the new rear seat folding system - no need to pull the front squabs up first - much better.
I too have had problems getting used to the electronic handbrake - sometimes you can just drive off, other times you have to manually release it. I have the geartronic model so cannot depress clutch etc. I actually see this as quite dangerous.
Overall I like the new car but it just seems a little... bland, I suppose. It seems to do everything OK but lacks any flair.
I'm sorry but our first reviewer Mr Newell has evidently never driven a German car for a reasonable time frame.
If he had he would come to the same conclusion as me - they are overpriced, overrated and generally what people buy is the 'Oh, I drive a BMW' factor, ie the badge.
I have had four Volvos and all have been faithful servants. They are better built, more reliable, easier to service and considerably less expensive to purchase in the first place than anything German.
Mr Newell, just wait until your Geartronic gearbox gives bother five months and 3000 miles out of warranty like my business partner's has. BMW want £3500 plus fitting to fix it, and this is the price with a supposed 40% contribution under 'goodwill'!
My experience with Volvo has been excellent (I've had two S80s, a V70, and currently have an XC90) as have all our other reviewers, and I will continue to enjoy driving Volvos for a long time to come.
I owned the S80 D5 SE Geartronic (07 model year) for about 6 months, and test drove the new V70 before opting for a BMW 5-series estate 6-cycliner diesel instead. If anyone reading this blurb is considering buying a D5 version of the new V70, then be warned that you will only ever be happy with this car if you never drive a German 6 cylinder equivalent by way of comparison. The Volvo D5 engine is coarse, noisy and unrefined and the 6-speed auto box is wholly unsuited to the engine, changing at higher revs than you’d expect for a diesel and making for an altogether jerky and unrelaxed drive. How the engineers at Volvo can have come up with this pairing is beyond belief. Presumably they never actually drove it?! The only real strong points are the front seats and the radio/CD system. Volvo safety is of course highly rated but most other leading brands caught up a long time ago on the essentials – which are what really matter. Having owned 3 Volvo's, each of which ended up clocking up some staggeringly expensive repairs (albeit under warranty), you can’t fault Volvo after-sales service, but then it has to be good to compensate for the quality of the product in the first place. As I say, I now drive a BMW 530d Touring, purchased as an ex-demonstrator – a lot more expensive, granted, but the engineering, driving experience/handling and reliability leave Volvo on the starting blocks.
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