Review

Volvo XC70 estate

Price  £34,410 - £43,180

Volvo XC70 estate

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Huge boot
  • Very comfortable
  • Impressive off-road ability
Cons
  • Quite expensive
  • Unexciting driving experience
  • Petrol engine is expensive to run

At a glance

The greenest
D4 (181 ps) Start/Stop SE Nav 5dr £34,410
The cheapest
D4 (181 ps) Start/Stop SE Nav 5dr £34,410
The fastest
T6 AWD (304 ps) SE Lux Geartronic 5dr £43,180
Top of the range
T6 AWD (304 ps) SE Lux Geartronic 5dr £43,180

“Offering the off-road ability of a full-sized 4x4 plus the ease of driving and practicality of an estate car, the XC70 is comfortable and luxurious in equal measure.”

The Volvo XC70 is a rugged version of the Volvo V70 estate car, with raised suspension and the option of four-wheel drive. These features allow it to tackle off-road situations that you would normally only consider in a big 4x4, while at the same time retaining the refinement and running costs of a normal car.

Just like the standard V70, the XC70 has a big boot and high-quality interior, but it should be able to go further in snowy, icy or muddy conditions if you go for a four wheel-drive model. Depending on where in the UK you live, that ability could be vital at certain times of the year.

The XC70 is an upmarket vehicle with a price tag to match, making its natural main rival the Audi A6 Allroad. For less money, you could also have a Skoda Superb Outdoor, Subaru Forester or Volkswagen Passat Alltrack, which all offer a big boot and some off-road ability. Where the Volvo excels is in just how comfortable it is, with a soothing ride quality, excellent seats and high-quality cabin materials.

The comfort provided by its soft suspension also makes the XC70 less fun to drive than the sporty Audi A6 Allroad and its cheaper rivals. While some people will appreciate the Volvo's subtle design, its boxy styling is starting to look out of date and it certainly doesn’t give the impression that it costs more than £40,000.

Overall, the XC70 should prove to be a resilient, reliable, comfortable and practical mode of family transport, especially for those who don't like driving crossovers or SUVs such as the Volvo XC60 or Volvo XC90.

The entry-level version of the car is the XC70 D4 in SE Nav trim. With a 2.0-litre diesel engine that produces 181bhp, it has plenty of power and is generously equipped. Not only that, but it also returns very impressive economy figures, making it cheap to run. If you do decide to go for an XC70, we can’t think of too many reasons why you’d want to spend more on anything higher up the range, unless you really need or want four-wheel drive and more power.

MPG, running costs & CO2

2.6 / 5

Efficient diesel engines make the Volvo XC70 surprisingly cheap to run

Engines, drive & performance

2.4 / 5

The XC70 is a traditional Volvo estate, with a huge and well thought out boot

Interior & comfort

3.9 / 5

The Volvo XC70 has a comfortable ride and interior

Practicality & boot space

4 / 5

The XC70 is a traditional Volvo estate, with a huge and well thought out boot

Reliability & safety

4 / 5

Happy customers and lots of safety equipment in Volvo's favour

What the others say

3.1 / 5
based on 4 reviews
3 / 5
The XC70 is a toughened-up, quasi-off-road version of the V70 estate, whose beefed-up bumpers, raised ride height and accentuated foglights give it a unique appearance. Dark grey cladding on the flanks and silver underbody protectors at both ends add to the effect.
10 / 20
Volvo is renowned for its comfort, and that is borne out beautifully by the XC70, to the detriment of pretty much everything else. You can immerse yourself in the broad, bolstered seat, but finding a decent driving position is actually strangely hard.
3 / 5
Designed by Volvo in Sweden and built in Bridgend in Wales, the 3.2-litre naturally aspirated straight-six petrol engine is both powerful and compact, producing 238 PS and maximum torque of 320 Nm. The engine's aluminium block and head are structurally optimised to balance low weight and stiffness.
4 / 5
If you're after the added security and traction of four-wheel drive, but don't want a large off-roader, then the XC70 is an ideal compromise. It is essential the V70 estate, but with extra ground clearance, added body protection such as larger bumpers and (on the majority of models) an all-wheel drive system. This makes it ideal if you live in a rural area or regularly have to tow trailers or caravans.
What owners say 
4.428
4.4 /5 based on 50 reviews
74%
 people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
23 Jan 2015

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