Which used Volvo V70 estate should I buy?
The ultimate all-season Volvo estate is the four-wheel-drive XC70, which rides slightly higher and has more plastic cladding on the body. Performance fans can choose from a 260bhp T5 or a 300bhp R, but the V70's chassis doesn't have the sophistication to do all that performance justice.
On the other hand, there's plenty of choice for those of us who swim in the mainstream. However, with the entry-level 140bhp 2.4 petrol under the bonnet, it can feel like rowing against the tide.
The 170bhp 2.4 does a better job, but the best engine is the 185bhp 2.5 D5 turbodiesel, although the 163bhp 2.4D is fine too.
If you can stretch to it, go for a car in SE trim, which will give you leather upholstery and a CD multichanger. However, the basic S-badged cars get air-con, a CD player and six airbags.
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