Volvo V70 Estate (96 - 00)

Used Volvo V70 Estate 1996 - 2000 review

What is it like?
(1996 - 2000)
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What's the used Volvo V70 estate like?

When the Volvo V70 estate pitched up in 1996, it wasn't really a new car, but a face-lifted version of the old 850, with softer, rounder looks inside and out. Mind you, that's no bad thing, because the 850 was a well proven family wagon, even if it can't match the Mercedes E-Class Estate for outright load space.

The hard-wearing interior, which has great seats up front, has plenty of room for the family and comes with an integral rear child seat. Anti-lock brakes, a driver's airbag and side airbags were standard on launch models, but the passenger airbag was an option.

The V70's particular strength is as a settled and very stable car on the motorway. But, it also handles pretty well on twisty roads and there's a genuinely involving feel. The only disappointment is that the ride, especially for a family car, can feel firm around town.