What used Volvo XC70 estate will I get for my budget?
Early versions of the XC70 with high mileage can be bought for less than £4000, but you would be better off spending £8500-£9000. This will provide you with a good selection of cars manufactured from 2010 onwards with the more efficient range of engines, a mileage of 60,000 or less and a full service history.
If you would prefer a facelifted (post-2010) car with City Safe automatic emergency braking and a more intuitive infotainment system, a 2012 example with less than 60,000 miles could be yours for around £13,000.
Fancy something a bit newer? A 2016 Volvo XC60 SUV that has covered 20,000 miles will cost you around £26,000.
How much does it cost to run a Volvo XC70 estate?
It depends on which engine you choose. There's a choice of two six-cylinder petrol engines, a 3.0-litre and a 3.2-litre, both badged T6. Neither is particularly fuel efficient; the 3.2-litre has an official average of 24mpg and costs £535 to tax per year, while the slightly more economical 3.0-litre claims 27mpg and will cost £520 in annual tax.
Sensibly, most went for a diesel. The most efficient being a two-wheel drive 2.0-litre (D4) manual with 64mpg and £30 tax. Most aren’t quite so efficient, especially when paired with an automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive. An early 183bhp 2.4-litre (D5) with an automatic claims an average of 37.7mpg and will cost £280 to tax. However, this engine was steadily improved over the years, reaching 48.7mpg and £115 in tax for a late 217bhp model.
The D3, another 2.4-litre diesel, comes with a manual gearbox, claims an average of 51.4mpg and costs £150 to tax.
Servicing costs for a Volvo will be on par with premium brands such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz. On the Volvo website, you can get a fairly accurate indication by using the calculator tool, which works out the cost based on what will need to be changed according to the service schedule after you enter the age and mileage of your car.