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Volvo V70 estate (2007-2016) - Interior & comfort

The basic Volvo V70 Business Edition trim level is generous enough; the two remaining trims merely sprinkle a few non-essential goodies about the place

Carbuyer Rating

3.1 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.2 out of 5

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Interior & comfort Rating

3.8 out of 5

The Volvo V70 is a spacious and comfortable car that’s ideal for covering long distances. Its soft suspension is ideal for motorways, while wind and engine noise are well suppressed.

The basic Business Edition trim level is generous enough; the two remaining trims merely sprinkle a few non-essential goodies about the place, although if you want leather seats you should pick SE Lux trim. There’s an extensive options list but as ever, it’s best to choose extras wisely since you’ll see next to none of your money when you sell the car.

Volvo V70 dashboard

The V70’s dashboard is impressive for being different from everything else in the sector. It’s well made but more than that, it’s a crisply styled and well-organised affair that looks fresh and upmarket.

The steering wheel adjusts every which way, as does the well-upholstered driver’s seat, so you should be able to get perfectly comfortable. You’ll certainly want a good view out given the car’s size and big turning circle.

Equipment

Even in basic Business Edition trim, the V70 wants for little. There’s a sat-nav, climate control, cruise control, a powerful DAB digital radio and a Bluetooth phone connection. SE Nav adds a more sophisticated sat-nav system, 17-inch alloy wheels and a powered tailgate for easy opening and closing.

That ought to be enough but SE Lux tops the lot with a power adjustable driver’s seat and a TFT driver’s information display, plus silver roof rails and active-bending xenon headlights. We recommend the Business Edition for its sensible mix of essential and convenience features. We’d be content to let the more powerful diesel engines inject that welcome sense of refinement and luxury into the experience.

Options

You need to exercise care here because the V70 options list is both extensive and expensive. If you must have a few extras, choose visible things that enhance the car’s appearance or practicality.

For example, if you have young children, the family pack featuring a pair of integrated, two-stage booster cushions and power childlocks for the rear doors looks good value at £295. Metallic paint is a very expensive £700 option but essential in this sector. Leather seat facings, ranging from £1350 to £1700, is an unnecessary option; you’d be better off upgrading to SE Nav which has it as standard, plus other features.

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