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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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18 reader reviews for Volvo V70 Estate.
  • 2.4 D5 SE Lux 5dr

    Jeremy Newell Date: 28/01/2008
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    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.

  • 2.5T SE Lux 5dr

    Graham Hardy Date: 03/01/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    One of the best cars in the world, comfy, safe, fast, just a bit unwealdy to park.

  • 2.4 D5 SE 5dr

    Andrew Holmes , Worcestershire . Date: 15/12/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    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.

  • 2.4 D5 SE Sport 5dr

    Ken Thompson , Cumbria . Date: 11/11/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    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.

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