The V70's boot is well shaped, while the cabin is comfortable and built to a very high standard. Standard equipment is generous, too
Around town, the ride is choppy, while the steering is vague and the engines feel dated, particularly the D5 diesel. The V70 is also comparatively expensive to run and suffers from suspension noise around town
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Volvo V70 performance
The Volvo offers an extreme selection of engines for the V70, ranging from the 140bhp 2.4-litre to the 260bhp 2.3 T5. For everyday use, the 2.0 turbo or any of the 2.4s are fine, but the D5 diesel is also a good buy.
Volvo V70 ride & handling
The days when Volvo estates handled like a plate of blancmange are gone. This V70 has a stiff body, helping it to handle more accurately than before. Body roll is well contained and grip levels are high. Even the T5 model can get power down easily thanks to an upgraded chassis for all V70 models.
Volvo V70 refinement
The V70 makes extremely relaxing and refined transport. Mechanical noise is well suppressed, while wind and road roar don't become a problem, either. There's a real feeling of quality about the operation of controls.