What's the used Volvo V70 estate like?
Practicality has always been a Volvo estate strong point, which is what you'd expect from a country whose most notable furniture export often comes in a box. When you think of a used V70, you'd expect it to have decent load space and the rear seats that fold down flat, which they do. But it's also a classy estate car to challenge the likes of the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class, except that a similarly aged Volvo can be found for a lot less than any of these.
Diesel powers most V70s that you can find on the used market. There were many offered over the years from a 113bhp 1.6-litre DRIVe model (later renamed D2), a 136bhp 2.0 D3, a 163bhp 2.4D (rebranded D4) and a 185bhp D5 that was improved towards the end of its life to produce 212bhp.
Of the petrol models, the 2.5-litre turbo with 231bhp is the most rounded and provides punchy performance. There's a rare 238bhp 3.2-litre six-cylinder engine also used in the Land Rover Freelander, too. Other petrol engines were also on offer including a 180bhp T4, a 240bhp T5 and a 285bhp T6.
Unfortunately, the ride is far from perfect and even minor bumps and road scars will be felt by occupants. The V70 settles down a little bit at speed, though, making it an adept motorway cruiser. Body roll is well controlled, although the vague steering discourages you from driving enthusiastically.
Occupants are treated to extremely comfortable seats and the dashboard has a pleasing design, even if it is strewn with lots of small, poorly marked buttons and has an awkward infotainment system with confusing menus. The interior is well built, though, with no scratchy plastics to be seen. Cargo room isn't the best if you're loading up to the boot cover, but there is a flexible 40/20/40-split folding arrangement that does fold completely flat to help load longer items. The boot is well thought out, too, with luggage nets and tie-down hooks to stop items rolling around while in transit.
ES models come with alloys, electric windows all round, MP3/CD player and dual-zone climate control. SE spec adds leather upholstery, Bluetooth and an upgraded stereo. SE Lux adds satellite navigation, rear parking sensors and an electrically powered driver's seat, while R-Design cars get sportier internal and external trim.
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