For The Volvo XC70 is a large estate car with a modicum of off-road ability. The cabin is comfortable, and built to a very high standard. Standard equipment is generous.
Against The XC70's ride is choppy around town, while the steering is vague and the engines feel dated. The boot is rather shallow, too.
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More 4x4 estate than rugged off-roader, but the Volvo XC70 is brisk and well kitted. The ride and handling disappoint, though.
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There are 9 Volvo XC70 versions available
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The Volvo XC70 is based on the V70, so it feels more like a jacked-up estate (which it is) than a proper SUV.
Think of it as a V70 with some limited off-road ability and you’re about there, although the entry-level model is front- rather than four-wheel drive, so their plastic cladding and raised ground clearance are purely for show.
Three engines are available. The 161bhp D4 and 212bhp D5 are the diesel choices, and both perform well. The 300bhp T6 petrol, meanwhile, is monumentally thirsty.
Build quality is typically superb, and the spacious, comfortable cabin combines with a long list of standard equipment to make this a pleasant place in which to cover the miles. However, the ride can get unsettled thanks to the higher suspension.
All XC70s have alloy wheels, a powered driver’s seat, a CD player and some form of air-conditioning. Roof rails and powered windows and door mirrors are also included.
Reader test team says:
I bought this car in june 2013 second hand ,73,000 thousand on it ,se sport and it had been polestar done to it ,this car has every gadget in it ,I…
Took delivery March 2012 after having the 4 wheel drive model.Find the 2 lt car an improvement for normal road driving and especially good on…
only took delivery 3 weeks ago, but this is an impressive car so far, ok. fuel consumption is average on local driving mid 30s on a par with previous…
Having previously owned BMW X5 and various Audi's we test drove the Volvo XC70 and found it to be so good we ordered one. We took delivery in Sept 08…