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Volvo V70 estate (2007-2016) - MPG, running costs & CO2

With its strong performance, and good economy, the Volvo V70 D4 is our choice for high-mileage, business users

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3.1 out of 5

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4.2 out of 5

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MPG, running costs & CO2 Rating

3.5 out of 5

By offering it only with diesel engines, the Volvo V70 is clearly positioned as a frugal but powerful workhorse for people with big mileages to cover, large loads to carry – or both. The model certainly excels in these areas thanks to a choice of two impressively efficient diesel engines, each with start-stop technology, that are extremely competitive against rival makes.

Volvo V70 MPG and CO2

Whichever of the two diesel engines you choose, V70 running costs should be minimal. The D3 diesel returns 68.9mpg and costs just £20 a year to tax, while the more powerful D4 is hardly any less efficient, with fuel economy of 65.7 and CO2 emissions of 114g/km making road tax just £10 a year more.

Insurance group

Depending on the model and trim level, Volvo V70 insurance groups range from 24 (D3 Business edition) to 30 (D4 SE Lux). That’s much lower than a Mercedes E-class estate but around the same as a Skoda Superb. Like most car makers, Volvo operates its own insurance scheme as an alternative to mainstream insurers. It could be worth seeing how its quotes compare, and whether you can negotiate the inclusion of any extras for free.

Warranty

Given the V70’s appetite for mileages it’s a pity Volvo’s three-year warranty is capped at 60,000 miles compared, for example, with BMW’s unlimited mileage cover. Of course, to keep it in force, the V70 must be regularly serviced at a cost broadly equivalent to other upmarket brands.

Servicing

Volvo V70 service intervals are one year or 18,000 miles, whichever is sooner. To help you gauge the likely cost of services, Volvo provides an online service price indicator where you can check the V70’s servicing costs by UK region. The guide price for a D2 in the south east is £240.

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Most users will be business drivers running their car on a leasing scheme that includes maintenance but private owners can spread the cost of routine servicing, too, with one of Volvo’s service plans.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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