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What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

For Solid construction; stylish interior; superb seats

Against Dull to drive; dated engines; choppy ride

Verdict Everything a Volvo estate should be, but rivals are better to drive

Go for… 2.0 D3 ES

Avoid… 2.0 R-Design

Volvo V70 Estate
  • 1. The wide range of petrol and diesel engines ensures there’s something for everyone, although it’s the diesel options that impress most
  • 2. Our favourite is the 136bhp 2.0 D3 ES, which has plenty of grunt but returns decent fuel economy
  • 3. Insurance costs are reasonable, with all but the T5 engine in R-Design trim sitting in insurance groups 20-29. Pick a sporty version, however, and you’re looking at group 33
  • 4. A number of reported issues concern faults with safety equipment – in particular the seat belts and side-impact protection system
  • 5. The indicator stalk on the V70 has a button marked ‘Read’. Pressing and holding it will display any faults that the car’s on board computer is aware of
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