What used Volvo V70 estate will I get for my budget?
Prices for a Volvo V70 start out at around £2500, but for that you'll get an early example with a mileage well into six figures. We'd suggest that you increase your budget to beyond £4000 to get something with under 100,000 miles on it and a full service history.
A major facelift (by Volvo standards) happened in 2012, and you'll need around £10,000 for an example from this year with and an average number of miles on it. Late 2015 and 2016 cars from a franchised Volvo dealer can be found for £14,500.
How much does it cost to run a Volvo V70 estate?
Pick the right model and running costs should be reasonable. Even the largest D5 engine does a respectable 43.5mpg and 172g/km CO2 (58.9mpg and 126g/km in later versions), while the economy-oriented DRIVe model does 57.7mpg and 129g/km, officially at least. However, later D3-equipped cars do better than this with an average of 68.9mpg and 108g/km.
The T5 petrol engine claims an average of 34.9mpg and 189g/km, but many owners have been averaging less than that. As you'd expect, the larger T6 is even less efficient, with a claimed average of 27.7mpg and 237g/km. Even the entry-level T4 petrol isn't as efficient as the thirstiest diesel, with an average of 41.5mpg and 157g/km.
Insurance costs are reasonable, with all but the T5 engine in R-Design trim sitting in insurance groups 20-29. Pick a sporty version, however, and you're looking at group 33. Diesels will be the least expensive to tax (a few are even free) but most of the petrols sit in the highest band. To find out more about the current road tax costs, click here for further information.
Servicing costs aren't cheap, but go with a franchised dealer and you're unlikely to be disappointed. Volvo dealers have a good reputation for looking after customers.
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