The Volvo V70
Volvo V70

Introduced in the UK in September 2007, the Volvo V70 follows on from a long line of Volvo estate cars. The first Volvo estate to be imported into the UK was the 220 Amazon of 1962, although Volvo had pioneered the European estate when it launched the PV445 in 1953. Known as the Duette, the PV445 became popular with small businessmen and families who liked its strength, reliability and spaciousness. It was called the Duette because it was effectively two cars in one: a flexible van and a comfortable passenger saloon. There was nothing else like it on the market and it invented a whole new category of car, the multi-purpose estate.

It was followed by the cleanly styled 145 of 1967. Volvo estates were by now becoming familiar sights on UK roads. The chunkier 245 series followed and Volvo's leadership in the premium estate car market, both in the UK and worldwide, was now firmly established.

The latest Volvo V70 is the 10th generation of the Swedish herrgardsvagn (estate car) and it continues the 'dual personality' of the original PV445 Duette and its innovative thinking. Today's V70 is incredibly versatile, yet it's also dynamic to drive.

The Volvo V70 is now available with a myriad of engine choices including two multi fuel ethanol/petrol options. There are two petrol engines and five diesel engines available. Starting with the diesel 1.6D DRIVe (109 PS) going up to the 3.0 litre petrol T6 AWD (285 PS). There is a choice of five equipment levels, SE, SE Lux, R-Design SE, Premium (Premium Leather and Navigation as standard) and a new green range called DRIVe.

Prices start at £22,745.00 for the Volvo V70 1.6D (109 PS) DRIVe SE and climb to £36,795.00 for the Volvo V70 T6 AWD (285 PS) R-DESIGN SE Geartronic Premium.

We chose to drive the Volvo V70 R-Design SE with the 163hp diesel engine coupled to Volvo's six speed automatic 'Geartronic' gearbox.

How It Drove - Performance

There is an extensive choice of engines available to the Volvo V70 owner including a 1.6D diesel engine.

The 2.4 D diesel engine in our Volvo V70 test car produces 163 hp and delivers 340Nm of torque from 1750 rpm which is enough to propel the V70 from 0-60 mph in 10 seconds and onto a top speed of 127 mph.

From rest, the turbo charged diesel engine does suffer from some turbo lag, but once on the move it isn't too bad and performance is reasonable, if not that brisk.

When cold the Volvo V70's engine can sound a little bit gruff and unrefined which intrudes into the cabin but this does settle down to some degree as the engine warms up. Although when you step up the pace the engine can give a satisfying grunt.

Quoted fuel consumption for the automatic car on the combined cycle is 36.7 mpg, we returned around 32 mpg when touring.

Our Volvo V70 test car was fitted with the optional (£1400) six speed automatic 'Geartronic' gearbox, which was easy to use. It has a winter setting and can be used as a sequential manual should you wish to have finer control over the car, perhaps when driving downhill or whilst towing.

In summary we were not that enthusiastic about the 2.4D engine, Volvo's rivals have the lead but we could live with it.

Volvo V70 Review | Part Two

Published : 28/06/09 Author : Melanie Carter

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