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Used Volvo XC70 4x4 2000 - 2007 review

(2000 - 2007)
Volvo XC70 4x4 (00 - 07)
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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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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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