Volvo V70 Road Test

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Volvo V70 Review

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Our Volvo V70 test car was fitted with Volvo's Communications pack which comprises of a Bluetooth handsfree telephone system and RTI Satellite Navigation System which glides out of the dashboard into the perfect line of vision.

Infotainment

Our Volvo V70 test car was fitted with Volvo's Communications pack which comprises of a Bluetooth handsfree telephone system and RTI Satellite Navigation System which glides out of the dashboard into the perfect line of vision. It now uses a hard disk drive to store detailed UK and European maps. You can use full postcodes to enter your destination. It is much quicker in operation than DVD based systems.

The colour TFT screen gently rises up from the dashboard when in use and hides away when not in operation. You can control the system either from a remote control with the aid of a passenger or use the controls that are replicated on the back of the steering wheel.

The navigation system is integrated with the RDS-TMC networks which keeps an eye on prevailing traffic conditions along your navigated route and can be automatically set to avoid road works and accidents, so that you are not delayed.

The standard 'High Performance' audio system is rather good and features an eight speaker (160 watt) system and unless you are an audiophile we doubt that you would be disappointed.

Rivals
  • Audi A6 Avant
  • BMW 5 Series Touring
  • Mercedes Benz E-Class Estate
What We Liked
  • Overall packaging
  • A great family car
  • Exterior & interior design
  • Comfort especially the seats
  • Integrated two-stage booster child's seat
  • Flexible choice of engines
What We Disliked
  • Noisy diesel engine
What We'd Like To See

  • A new line up of diesel engines
Build Quality

The materials used throughout the Volvo V70 are of a very high quality and are in keeping with the price tag. We very much doubt that you would spend much time at your local dealership, everything felt well put together.

Value for Money

The entry-level Volvo V70 is not far off the price of a comparable Ford Mondeo Estate but is approximately £4,000 cheaper than the entry-level Audi A6 or some £7,000 cheaper than the BMW 5 Touring range.

The Volvo V70 comes with 3 year / 60,000 mile warranty, whichever comes first. Servicing is every 18,000 miles or yearly.

Summary

It is very hard not to like the Volvo V70 despite its gruff diesel engine; it offers a good family package with excellent load swallowing capabilities. Maybe it is time for Volvo to replace the ageing diesel engine enabling them to compete with the likes of BMW and Mercedes Benz.

We are keen fans of the Volvo V70 as it feels so natural to drive and live with. It may not be the most dynamic of executive estate cars but it does offer an excellent all round package with a wide choice of engines to suit.

28 June 2009 Melanie Carter
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Volvo V70 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedVolvo V70 R-Design SE
  
Body TypeEstate
ColourSilver Metallic
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph9.9 seconds
Top Speed 127 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed Geartronic
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban28.0 mpg
Extra Urban45.6 mpg
Combined36.7 mpg
  
Insurance Group15E
Euro NCAP Rating5 Star
Warranty3 years / 60000 miles
Price (when tested on the 28/06/09)£28,070

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