puchaced this car seond hand 18000 mls one of the best i have owned where volvo get ther 40 mpg from would like to know average 33 max must have done the test down hill ? a solid well built car not to bad of road but no 4x4 recomended to anyone who want a car thats a good all rounder
I have recently come back from a 1500 mile round trip for a skiing holiday in France. Whilst the weather was not bad the car handled whatever was thrown at it superbly and provided excellent space for all 4 passengers.
I have previously carried out the same journey in a SAAB which was in itself very comfortable but not as relaxed as the Volvo (I do prefer the seats in the SAAB however).
Despite being loaded up with all the equipment and 4 people the car still had plenty of power to accelerate when required and I managed 500 miles between fill ups when sitting at the French limit of 80mph (130km/h)so around 34/35mpg which is not bad.
My only real problems with the Volvo are trim working loose on the doors, indicators that cancel left when indicating right and it keeps blowing bulbs.
The SAT NAV also does take some strange routes and guided me back through Paris - there should be an option on the TMC re-routing to say to ignore a problem. This would stop it trying to route you on a 20 mile detour around roadworks at 2.00am just because they are roadworks.
On the whole 8 out of 10 - would I buy another one? possibly but not with an auto box
Just completed 80,000 miles in my 2 year old XC60. Its worked hard for a living, driving up to 400 miles a day, everyday, all over the UK. It has been 100% reliable, not even a puncture to blemish the record. Has made for a fantastic motorway cruiser and family car, but a bit too bouncy and 'rolly' on the B roads. Has enough shove for smart overtakes, but anything at/near the national limit can require a bit of bravery or planning depending on your mood. Not too bad to run cost-wise, largely due to great reliability. I averaged 33MPG, with up to 41 possible when cruising in low '70s. Cheap for the weight/size as it is a fantastic family removal van!
Interior faultless for quality. Amazing hi-fi, seats etc... and intuitive controls, but that Sat Nav is sooooo poor. Works accurately, but the graphics are so dated it can actually be unreadable on the move. Loved the remote tailgate, plus leather soft and 'fat'.... nice!
Finally a word on the dealers - I only experienced one, Lipscomb in Kent. One word - perfect!
I test drove an auto, fully loaded with all the bells and whistles. Comfortable and stable in the bends but on a very gentle run I only managed to get 33mpg. That is as indicated on the computer, but they can be 10% inaccurate so I suspect it did nearer 30. The glove box is tiny and a ridiculous shape and the door pockets are pathetic. Why did Volv0 put the electric parking brake on the right hand side of the steering wheel? It is out of sight and almost out of reach unless you sit very close to the wheel. It is only a switch so why not put it on the centre console? The car had some sort of running board fitted. They weren't big enough to stand on to facilitate entry to or exit from the vehicle and it was impossible to stride over them without wiping your trousers across them, just what you want in winter conditions. Nice try Volvo but I feel that this vehicle is largely a triumph of style over function and after having V70s for some 15years I shall give this one a miss.
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