The XC70 is a large, practical estate car based on the V70, but with a modicum of off-road ability. The cabin is comfortable and built to a very high standard. Standard equipment is generous
Around town the XC70's ride is choppy, while the steering is vague and the engines feel dated
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Volvo XC70 performance
The XC70 is based on the V70 estate and borrows two powerplants from its line-up. Choose from the 2.5-litre 210bhp petrol turbo or the 2.4 turbodiesel, which is the better choice for various reasons. It’s cheaper on fuel and company car tax, and more flexible and beefy than the petrol version.
Volvo XC70 ride & handling
The XC70 is well mannered on the road. Its four-wheel drive system has tamed the V70’s tendency to run wide when pushed through corners, although the steering is vague and the ride seems half a step out of kilter with both the body and the road. Off-road ability is limited to rutted tracks, but it will go places an estate car cannot.
Volvo XC70 refinement
The five-cylinder turbodiesel engine is all-too audible when under acceleration, but at cruising speeds it settles to an ever-present drone. The Volvo suffers from wind noise, too, which seems to come from all directions, and its chunky tyres pick up quite a rumble on-road.