- Efficient diesel engines
- Feels a little dated now
- Not much fun to drive
- Controls are fiddly
Practical, safe family estate car
The Volvo V70 is the latest in the long line of estate cars made by the Swedish manufacturer. Volvo as a brand prides itself on offering practical solutions to family lives, and their estate cars have throughout the years been at the pinnacle of this ethos. The V70, first introduced in 1996, and now in its third generation, is at the midrange of the Volvo estate offerings. It offers lots of space, an impeccable safety record, and a build quality that’s hard to beat. For the practical family buyer, you really can’t beat a Volvo estate.
The third generation V70, introduced in 2008, featured a complete redesign, with a modernised interior, and more efficient engines.
Well built, well designed, and spacious
When it comes to interior design, Volvo more often than not excels. As with most Swedish design, everything is simple, effective, and attractive, which makes the V70 a great place to be in. There’s also a lot of storage space on offer, though it’s not the biggest in the class.
The dashboard of the V70 is reminiscent of the entire Volvo range. The centre piece of the dash design is the fantastic brushed metal floating centre console, which feels and looks fantastic. There’s also good quality materials used throughout the cabin, with soft-touch plastics featuring heavily. Controls are also well damped, though they can be a little bit fiddly at first, and some drivers may struggle to use them effectively at night.
Storage space in the V70 is impressive, but it’s not the biggest on offer in its class. With 575 litres on offer with all the seats up, there’s plenty of room for a big family shop, a sizeable pram, or even suitcases for the whole family. Unfortunately however, it’s not the biggest in the class. The Skoda Superb estate offers much more room, with 633 litres, but the V70 still packs more space than both the BMW 5 Series Touring (560 litres), and the Mercedes C-Class Estate (485 litres).
Standard equipment levels in the V70 are pretty impressive, especially compared to some rivals. Even the entry-level Business Edition trim comes with climate control, sat-nav, cruise control, an impressive DAB radio, and Bluetooth connectivity. That’s more than enough for most drivers needs.
The inside of the V70 is a well-crafted, well-designed, spacious offering that’s bound to appeal to family buyers. And with generous equipment on offer, even in the most basic models, you’re going to get great value for money.
Refined, comfortable, but not much fun
The Volvo V70, like most cars in the Volvo range, is engineered to be comfortable, rather than fun. Nevertheless, it’s a much better car to drive than you might imagine, especially for a Volvo estate. There’s plenty of grip on offer, and steering is reassuringly precise. It’s not the most engaging drive, but it’ll handle itself pretty well in most situations. Just don’t count on it being a hoot on a B-road blast.
Comfort levels in the V70 are pretty impressive, especially if you’re going to clock up a lot of motorway miles. The suspension is stiff, yet supple, so there’s very little in the way of body roll, and it also irons out all but the worst of British road surfaces without too much of a fuss. Get it on the motorway and road and wind noise are kept to a minimum, so it’s a great car if you’re going to be hurtling down the motorway, or travelling to your family holiday.
Gearbox options in the V70 come in four guises. The manual offer is a six-speed affair, that whilst decent, might not be attractive to a lot of Volvo drivers. There’s also a dual-clutch six speed automatic in the D2, a six speed conventional automatic in the D3 and D5, and an eight speed automatic in the D4. An automatic gearbox suits the V70 better than a manual, and therefore cars fitted with these transmissions hold their value better.
Solid range of punchy, economical engines
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your V70, you’ve only got the one option- diesel. There’s a fair few on offer however, with differing power outputs and emissions, and throughout the range there’s good fuel efficiency on offer.
If it’s power that you want from your V70, you’re probably going to be a little disappointed with those on offer in the range. The quickest model available is the four-cylinder D4 diesel, which packs in 181bhp. It’s not the fastest car in its class, but this V70 will still get you from 0-62mph in 8.6 seconds. You’re not going to be challenging supercars at the lights, but it’s more than enough grunt for most.
Eco friendly buyers will probably want to look towards the low-powered D3 diesel. With 108g/km of C02 emissions, it’s not the greenest car currently on sale, but for an large luxury estate car those are some pretty impressive figures. This model also happens to be the best option for money-savers, as you won’t be paying much money out in car tax every year. And with up to 68.9mpg available, you can save yourself even more money at the fuel pumps.
Whichever engine you choose to go for in your V70, you’re going to have enough power to cope with day-to-day life, and motorway driving, as well as having impressive fuel efficiency, and relatively low C02 emissions.
Full marks in NCAP safety tests, impressive standard equipment
Like nearly every car in its class, the V70 easily achieved the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating. With scores of 88% in adult safety, 84% in child safety, and 43% in pedestrian safety, it’s not up there with the best in the class anymore, but it’s still pretty safe. There’s also plenty of standard safety kit. You’ll get the usual array of airbags, traction control, and the innovative City Safety automatic braking system, which automatically brakes if it spots an imminent collision.
Good value for money, so long as you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
The Volvo V70 offers drivers impressive value for money. This obviously varies from model to model, but generally speaking C02 emissions are low throughout the range, and fuel efficiency figures are impressive. Volvo also has a reputation as being a reliable manufacturer, so you shouldn’t be spending money on costly repairs.
Insurance wise, the V70 is roughly around the same level as competitors, though it’s a little cheaper than the estate offerings from Mercedes and BMW. The cheapest V70 to insure is the D2 (115bhp) ES 5d Powershift, which is in group 16, whilst the most expensive option is the range-topping D5 AWD SE Lux (RTI NAV) 5d Geartronic, which is in group 35.
Depreciation is a large factor with the Volvo V70, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Volvo V70 is an extremely sensible option for buyers who value practicality and reliability above all else. The V70 is spacious, features a high quality interior, and some impressively efficient engines. It’s not the most fun to drive, but it is refined, and there’s enough on offer to please most buyers.
Buying a used Volvo V70 online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Volvo V70 for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used V70. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Volvo V70 online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used Volvo? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used Volvo V70, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used V70, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Carspring Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used Volvo to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.