Used Volvo XC70 4x4 2000 - 2007 review

Category: Large SUV

The Volvo XC70 is a jack of all trades and master of none.

Volvo XC70 4x4 (00 - 07)
  • Volvo XC70 4x4 (00 - 07)
  • Volvo XC70 4x4 (00 - 07)
Used Volvo XC70 4x4 2000 - 2007 review
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What's the used Volvo XC70 4x4 like?

The Volvo XC70 is based on the V70 estate, but with extra ground clearance and four-wheel drive, the Volvo XC70 is a halfway house between a conventional estate car and a fully fledged off-roader.

On the plus side, you get the same comfort, practicality and clever use of space as in the V70, as well as the ability to venture a little further afield than your average estate car. The four-wheel-drive system also means the XC70 drives a little better than the V70, because it's less prone to running wide when pushed hard through corners.


The Volvo XC70 is a jack of all trades and master of none.

  • All the practicality of an estate with off-road ability
  • That off-road ability is limited
  • The XC70 is poor on road

However, don't think that the XC70 is a genuine off-roader - it won't manage much more than a rutted track off-road.

Finally, despite the improvements, the XC70 is not that great on Tarmac, either, because of its vague steering and poorly controlled ride.

Ownership cost

What used Volvo XC70 4x4 will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Volvo XC70 4x4?

Compared with a standard Volvo V70 estate, the XC70 is considerably more expensive. However, it strikes the middle ground between its two most obvious rivals – cheaper than the Audi Allroad but dearer than the Subaru Legacy Outback.

The diesel XC70 is by far the most fuel-efficient version, but both petrol and diesel models are more frugal than the equivalent Audi. Overall, in fact, the XC70 is cheaper to own than the Allroad: the Volvo has lower insurance groups and lower maintenance costs.

The differences aren't so clear cut next to the Subaru, but the Volvo is certainly not significantly worse (especially when you consider that the Outback has only petrol engines).

Labour rates and average repair bills are less at Volvo dealers than at Audi garages, and Warranty Direct tells us that Subaru repairs are, on average, more than those on Volvos.

As for insurance, the diesels are in groups 34 or 39 and the petrols are in 36 or 40.

Our recommendations

Which used Volvo XC70 4x4 should I buy?

For most of its life, the Volvo XC70 had a simple choice of two engines, and choosing between them was equally simple: diesel every time.

Originally, the only diesel was a 163bhp D5, but when its power was uprated to 185bhp in July 2005, a new 2.4-litre diesel (confusingly, also with 163bhp) joined the range. However, the less powerful (and less economical) 2.4 lasted only a year, so the simple advice is to always buy a D5.

The petrol engines are less economical and short of low-down pull, but if you must have one, go for the more powerful 2.5T, which replaced the 2.4T when the range was lightly face-lifted in mid-2004.

The other simple rule is to always buy SE trim. This brought useful extra kit over the basic S, but is so well equipped that there's no point in spending any more on the flagship SE Lux that was introduced in May 2003.

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