What used Volvo V70 estate will I get for my budget?
How much does it cost to run a Volvo V70 estate?
You'll have to dig a little deeper into your pockets if you wish to secure our recommended version, the V70 D5. The bargains are petrol-engined V70s, which hold on to their value less well and are more affordable than their Audi, BMW or Mercedes-Benz counterparts.
Provided you do a high enough mileage to justify the diesel's higher asking price, the excellent 40mpg fuel economy will pay off. The entry-level 140bhp 2.4-litre petrol engine promises no more than 31.3mpg, which is only a little better than the 29.7mpg of the T5. The worst offender is the thirsty 2.5T R, with its claimed 26.4mpg.
You may also need to bargain for a set of tyres quite regularly. Performance models and the D5 can get through a set of fronts fairly quickly.
Insurance is reasonable, though, with most models falling into group 36, although the faster petrols are in group 42, and the R a very expensive group 43.