Best used Volvos for every budget

Its cars once had a reputation for being a bit square, but there are now plenty of desirable Volvos on the used market. These are our favourites for £2000, £30,000 and everything in between...

Best used Volvos for every budget

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Years ago, if you wanted a car that put safety above all else, you bought a Volvo. The firm’s reputation was built on some solid and reliable cars that could withstand the worst of the Swedish weather and even survive getting up close and personal with that country’s errant wildlife.

That reputation for innovation in safety technology is still intact, but over recent years Volvo’s range of cars has been anything but dowdy; with Scandi-cool interiors and exterior styling slick enough to make schoolboys swoon, Volvos are now decidedly modern.

Here, we’ve picked our top three used favourites in several price categories, ranging from just £2000 up to £30,000. Take a look to see if one appeals to you.


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3. Volvo S90

No other current executive saloon rocks like the S90. Introduced in 2017, it arrived like a breath of fresh air and ushered in a completely new look and much improved driving dynamics.

We found 2017 D4 Momentum, 2,200 miles, £25,995

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Volvo S90 interior

Inside is an interior of coolness and opulence, with a huge iPad-style infotainment screen – It’s truly as impressive in there as it is on the outside. It’s spacious, too, as well as being well equipped and refined. Prices are now looking particularly attractive next to its executive rivals.

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Volvo V90 exterior

2. Volvo V90

Volvo has always majored on estate cars; the original ones were frumpy to look at but incredibly safe. So, here, it’s taken all the good points of the stunning S90 and turned it into a more practical estate that is even better to look at. It’s a very desirable car.

We found 2017 D4 Momentum 1,500 miles, £29,995

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Volvo V90 interior

Inside, you’ll spot the same huge infotainment screen, the comfortable seats, the stunning dash, the neat finish and the plentiful space of its S90 sibling. There’s room for your luggage, too, because the boot’s an excellent size. Now, just below £30,000 will secure you an example – and that's good value next to its posh rivals.

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Volvo XC90 exterior

1. Volvo XC90

The original XC90 broke the mould when it came to desirable seven-seat SUVs. It was handsome, spacious, practical and classy. It was so good that it stayed on sale for 13 years, until this even more desirable replacement showed up. Larger, more efficient and more spacious, the latest XC90 is even more refined and much better to drive, with loads of safety kit and a high-tech interior.

We found 2015 D5 Momentum, 58,000 miles, £29,850

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Volvo XC90 interior

Inside, it is even plusher than before. The central infotainment screen is bang up to date and there is more room in its luxurious interior for all seven people. The boot is a better size, too. Now, used examples are just beginning to sneak in below our £30,000 ceiling and look very good value.

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Volvo V40 exterior

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3. Volvo V40

If you want an exceedingly handsome hatchback that’s good to drive and has space for five, then the V40 is well worth a look. It’s classy, too. V40 drivers benefit from a whole suite of safety kit, including an airbag that pops out from under the rear edge of the bonnet to protect pedestrians from striking the base of the windscreen.

We found D2 Inscription, 2016, 13,000 miles, £15,000

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Volvo V40 interior

What sets the V90 apart from some of its rivals is its exceptional quality; inside, there’s plenty of soft-touch materials and plush brushed-metal trims. There’s a good-sized boot, with a variable-boot floor. A barely used 2016 model bought through the Volvo Selekt dealer scheme can be had with a substantial saving on the new price and will cost you less than you might spend on a smaller car with a less premium feel.

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Volvo XC60 exterior

2. Volvo XC60

The best-selling luxury SUV in Europe for many years was the first-generation five-seat XC60, a good-looking, suave and extremely competent car that carries on the good work started in the original (and larger) XC90. It was so popular that it actually sold more in its final year of production than any other.

We found 2014 D4 R-Design, 50,000 miles, £14,337

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Volvo XC60 interior

There's a luxurious interior that edges its rivals on comfort. If it feels a little dated now, it was once state of the art, and its safety kit is, as you’d expect, top notch. With a new model now out, there are plenty of used bargains to be had.

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Volvo 850R exterior

1. Volvo 850R

Volvo. Safe. Secure. Staid. Staid? Not this 850R. You could have this aerodynamic brick as a saloon or an estate, and it comes in its own range of bright and sporty and distinctive colours. With spoilers outside and bucket racing seats inside and a 2.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine under the bonnet that can do the 0-60mph spring in around six seconds, it's a bit of a flyer. Suitably modified, some even went touring car racing.

We found 1996 850R, 73,000 miles, £13,995

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It might have sports bucket seats up front but there's still plenty of room in the back, not just for three abreast but, in the estate version, for Fido the dog in the boot. Be in no doubt: the 850R is an iconic Volvo and prices are on the up, so if you want one, buy it now. An appreciating classic, this one.

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Volvo XC70 exterior

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3. Volvo XC70

The V70 was the last in a long line of Volvo estates that offered solidity, safety and spaciousness in equal measure. There were those who desired a bit more, though, but didn’t want to go the whole hog and buy an SUV. For them, the XC70 captures the qualities of the V70 but adds some rugged bodywork and the ability to go – thanks to its standard four-wheel drive system – off road if needed.

We found 2005 XC70 D5, 68,000 miles, £4995

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Volvo XC70 interior

Inside, there's an air of superiority that buyers expect of a Volvo, with comfortable seats and room for the family front and rear. Its boot has room for half a hundredweight of farming produce, too. Prices have always held quite steady for the XC70, such is the car's popularity with owners, but there are still bargains to be had.

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2. Volvo V50

Volvo’s best-selling car for many years was this small estate, based on the contemporary V40. Being a Volvo, it has excellent safety credentials, including the same whiplash and side impact protection systems in the larger Volvos of the time, and it is very well built. Yet, compared with the Volvo estates that came before, the V50 is notably more handsome. It’s comfortable, stable and relatively good to drive, too.

We found 2008 1.6 SE, 69,000 miles, £5000

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Volvo V50 interior

Inside, it’s actually quite a tight fit, surprisingly, without the capaciousness normally associated with a Volvo estate. New, it faced stiff competition from its Audi and BMW rivals, but as a used purchase its excellent build quality makes the V50 something of a bargain. There are also plenty of good examples to choose from.

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Volvo Xc90 exterior

1. Volvo XC90

The original XC90 set the template by which all other seven-seat SUVs were judged. It is handsome, spacious, practical, opulent, comfortable and, for something that has to fulfill the tasks it does, relatively efficient. A school-run favourite and long-distance cruiser.

We found 2006 XC90 T6, 85,000 miles, £4999

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Volvo XC90 interior

It was the quality and leather-lined goodness of its impressive interior that won buyers over, though, as well as the practicality of having the middle-row seats sliding and reclining individually. Reliability is good and there are plenty of well-maintained used examples on sale, many with a full service history.

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Volvo S60 exterior

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3. Volvo S60

The S60 is a pretty straightforward four-door saloon, but it's stylish and robustly put together. It is comfortable, too, and rides well. At the time, its driving dynamics upped the game for Volvo. Its build quality is such that elderly examples have been known to accumulate large mileages with little pain.

We found 2002 S60 2.0 T SE, 76,000 miles, £1995

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Volvo S60 interior

The interior is attractive, too, and extremely well constructed. The seats are astonishingly comfortable, even if space in the rear is a little tight, and the boot is only average in size. However, for this sort of money, you'd be getting a very dependable and quite chic family saloon car.

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Volvo C70 exterior

2. Volvo C70

Proof that Volvo cars aren’t all square-sided, boxy wagons for the transport of light machinery came in the form of the C70, a coupé and cabriolet in this first-generation form. In drop-top guise, it meets the needs of the family of four looking for a way of soaking up some rays, while letting Mum or Dad enjoy themselves behind the wheel.

We found 2003 C70 2.0 T, 71,000 miles, £1995

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Volvo C70 interior

The convertibles could shake a little on rougher roads, but the interior is the usual visual delight, and the popular C70 has stood up well over the years. Many think prices will soon rise, so now is a good time to buy.

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Volvo C30 exterior

1. Volvo C30

The wonderful P1800 of the 1960s wasn’t the only good-looking Volvo coupé. The C30 was introduced in 2007 and, despite the fact that to some eyes it appears to be no more than an abnormally handsome three-door hatch, Volvo insists it is a sports coupé. Whatever it is, it looks great, is good to drive, is reasonably practical and has that all-important premium feel.

We found 2008 C30 1.6 S, 100,000 miles, £1999

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Volvo C30 interior

Inside, it’s four seats only, and a little cramped in the rear at that. But, heck, this is a sports coupé, after all. Used ones are now cheap as chips and excellent value, and have a good reputation for reliability.

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