One of the best cars in the world, comfy, safe, fast, just a bit unwealdy to park.
The new V70 is much more refined that the outgoing model and will, I hope, manage another 145,000 miles without any repairs being needed!
It is quick off the mark and powers away effortlessly via its amazing D5 engine. The interior is greatly improved and very modern looking but very functional.
The computer controls for all major functions such as security, radio, lights etc is easy to use and programme.
The electronic brake takes a bit of getting used to.
Comfort is without doubt greatly improved and the seats, as ever, are the most comfortable of any car in its class. Highly recommended.
Took delivery of D5 sport in October. Although my old model was excellent there are some improvements to the new model namely, far better turning circle; less intrusion of wheel arches into the boot. The seating is as good as before with excellent comfort & quality of upholstery. I did not like the floating dash at first but it does grow on you. One thing I do not like is the electronic handbrake. Although it affords you more space in the cubby holes between the seats, as there is no handbrake, the electronic parking brake switch is placed too far from the driver. However, that is not the main issue. I had to return the car to my delaer as sometimes the brake would not release & I assumed there was a fault. After the dealer downloaded latest software (thought it would have been the latest as the car was only 4 days old),& contacted Volvo, it was established that to ensure the brake releases, you MUST depress the clutch fully to the floor which is unusual & takes a bit of getting used to as none of us probably do that. Apart from that a very nice car, some 100 Kg heavier so I am not expecting any improvements in the MPG dept. I wish they would have fitted other tyres rather than Pirelli as they wear really fast especially the front. Bluetooth works fine although I have read of phone incompatability. Radio excellent & parking sensors work a treat. Better folding rear seats.
This time around took the auto box and with same 185 Bhp D5 Diesel. Improved everything in this new 2008 V70. Did 120.000 km's with my old model and not one problem! Seats are smaller but just as comfortable. I'm getting 8.4l/100km compared with 6.8l/100km for my old manual. This should go down to 7.5. It's a heavier car by 100kg! The I-pod adaptor is handy and bluetooth works quite well with my Palm Treo. Full leather is top notch.The boot is only slightly bigger than the old model and still too shallow. This car suits anyone wanting to do long distances in a safe and relaxed manner. Well done Volvo!
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