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Used Volvo V70 Estate 1996 - 2000 review

(1996 - 2000)
Volvo V70 Estate (96 - 00)
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Which used Volvo V70 estate should I buy?

Trying to untangle the huge variety of engines, trims and option packs is trickier than unravelling last year's Christmas tree lights, so we'll cut to the chase: the 140bhp 2.5 TDI turbodiesel comes top of our wish list. Strong and punchy, it's perfect if the car is fully laden or towing.

Other engines include two 2.0-litre petrols (rated at 126bhp and 143bhp), two 2.4-litre petrols (rated at 140bhp and 170bhp) and a 195bhp 2.3-litre turbo with four-wheel drive. There's also a 2.3-litre, 225bhp T5, while fastest of all is the 250bhp 2.3 T5 R.

Cars with the optional Estate Pack are especially worth hunting down, because they have not only roof rails and a luggage net, but also self-levelling rear suspension. Choose an SE and you'll get alloy wheels, air-con and a sunroof, while CD specification gives you climate control and leather.

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Which used Volvo V70 estate should I buy?

Trying to untangle the huge variety of engines, trims and option packs is trickier than unravelling last year's Christmas tree lights, so we'll cut to the chase: the 140bhp 2.5 TDI turbodiesel comes top of our wish list. Strong and punchy, it's perfect if the car is fully laden or towing.

Other engines include two 2.0-litre petrols (rated at 126bhp and 143bhp), two 2.4-litre petrols (rated at 140bhp and 170bhp) and a 195bhp 2.3-litre turbo with four-wheel drive. There's also a 2.3-litre, 225bhp T5, while fastest of all is the 250bhp 2.3 T5 R.

Cars with the optional Estate Pack are especially worth hunting down, because they have not only roof rails and a luggage net, but also self-levelling rear suspension. Choose an SE and you'll get alloy wheels, air-con and a sunroof, while CD specification gives you climate control and leather.

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