What should I look for in a used Volvo XC70 estate?
Some of the later, facelifted XC70s were fitted with 18in diamond-cut alloy wheels that can start to corrode if they have kerb damage that exposes the inner metal to road salt. These can be expensive to repair, so make sure you don't end up paying for damage caused by the car's previous owner.
Also, some XC70s were specified with some light colour interior carpeting and beige leather seats. If you like to wear jeans, the dye can start to make the seats look grubby quite quickly, and if you live or work in a muddy environment, you might be better off looking for an XC70 with a black interior, or invest in quality floor mats and some leather seat wipes.
What are the most common problems with a used Volvo XC70 estate?
Diesel XC70s are fitted with a diesel particulate filter (DPF), a device that reduces emissions. The car will need to be taken on frequent motorway journeys to ensure the DPF can clean itself because this regeneration process is only triggered at high speed. Check how the previous owner has used the car to make sure.
Another potential problem is if the filter has been shut off part way through the process. The result is contamination of the oil system with fuel, leading to the oil level rising gradually over time. This can cause damage to the engine, so it’s worth checking the oil level before you buy.
Is a used Volvo XC70 estate reliable?
The XC70 didn’t feature in our latest reliability survey, but Volvo as a whole didn’t fare too well, coming in 25th place out of 32 manufacturers.
The V70, upon which the XC70 is based, came fourth out of eight luxury contemporaries.
If you would like to see the full lists, head to the What Car? Reliability Survey pages for more information.