Owning a V50 with an expanding family - I've been considering a bigger car. I can well see why people continually repeat purchase the V70 - hits the right buttons and the 2.0D manual is not too bad environmentally - and by the time I come to purchase next year - I'm hoping will be even better.
Having owned four volvo estates: 240, 940, old style D5 and now a new model plus a Vauxhall Carlton, Vauxhall Omega, Saab 9-5, BMW 5 series tourer and Audi A6, all estates, it's been interesting to compare my 08 plate D5 SE LUX auto. Certainly it's an improvement over my old D5, with a better turning circle, engine, road and wind noise and quieter plus a much smoother ride with better hroad handling. Fuel consumption is down a bit but I'm still getting 40 + mpg with normal driving. What persuaded me to buy another Volvo rather than a german rival was the comfort of the seats, the load carrying ability and value for money deal.
I took delivery of my V70 2.5T in March 2008 and I am very pleased with it. The V70 replaces a BMW 2.5 Touring which I had bought the previous year and was glad to be shot of it. The BMW made me feel ill because of the high level of noise from the run flat tyres and the hard ride effected my wife’s back and neck. So we are pleased to have a quite and smooth ride now which the V70 gives. We feel very safe in the V70 as the build is of a very high standard, and both the steering and road holding are excellent. Conversely, we did not feel safe in the BMW which tramlined and veered in unwanted directions when hitting imperfections in the road surface, one always had to keep both hands on the steering wheel to fight the car from hitting parked cars etc.
We like the comfort of the V70 and there is plenty of room for all occupants including our two Black Labradors in the rear. The lines of the car are modern and attractive and the access getting in and out is very easy.
Unfortunately, by making the mistake of buying the BMW, I lost £13,000 for 10,000 miles of noisy, dangerous, bumpy and – see my report for the BMW – driving. So anyone thinking of buying a BMW DON’T, forget the badge and go for a Volvo.
Previous to the BMW I had a Volvo S60 T5, what a super car that was and now I am back with Volvo again, I will not consider another make when I come to make a change as I think they are the tops.
Does everything I want. Recently travelled from Leeds to Portsmouth return in 1 day and no back ache. Great on motorway. Forget the reviews about a course engine. This a great car! Versatile, quick and not that thirsty. No complaints about bulid quality, better than the S type Jag I had. Dealer (Harratts Wakefield) had the car back for a check after 3000 miles. They did not charge to adjust tracking even though I had curbed front nearside wheel. Great car!
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