What alternatives should I consider to a used Volvo XC70 estate?
The XC70 is considered to be a premium off-road estate car, and there aren’t many rivals to match it, however, there's always been the Audi A6 Allroad to contend with. Thanks to larger engines, a more sophisticated air suspension set-up and an impeccably finished interior, the A6 Allroad is more expensive to buy than the Volvo, but it might be worth it for its superior driving manners, both on and off road.
If you’re prepared to look a bit further afield, the Skoda Octavia Scout is worth a look. Its boot is just as practical, rear leg room is much more generous and Skoda's 2.0-litre diesel engine is much more efficient and cheaper to tax.
The Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer isn’t quite as good off road and it can’t match the XC70 for luggage capacity, but it is well equipped and cheaper to buy.