In-depth Reviews

Volvo V70 owner reviews

“While it’s no longer in production, the Volvo V70 remains one of the more relaxing and comfortable large estate cars around.”

Carbuyer Rating

3.1 out of 5

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Owners Rating

4.2 out of 5

65%of people would recommend this car to a friend.

Owner Rating

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Common Problems

  • Other (7 cases)
  • Engine (3 cases)
  • Gearbox / clutch (1 cases)
  • Electrics, Other (4 cases)
  • Electrics (7 cases)
  • Brakes, Gearbox / clutch (1 cases)
  • Electrics, Engine (1 cases)
  • Suspension (1 cases)
  • Electrics, Engine, Suspension, Other (1 cases)
  • Brakes, Electrics, Engine, Other (1 cases)
  • Engine, Other (1 cases)
  • Electrics, Gearbox / clutch (1 cases)
  • Electrics, Engine, Other (1 cases)
  • Electrics, Suspension (1 cases)

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

34
Review
NO PROBLEMS

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

53

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

42
Review
never had any problems todate,its very reliable
Running Cost

4 out of 5

apart from the price of fuel and servicing once a year and no other costs so far. i am satisfied with running costs.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

34.5

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

37
Review
new aircon compressor at 50000 miles
Running Cost

3 out of 5

its a big car but needed to tow caravan

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

36.5
Review
I have had this car for about 18 months and it that time there has been only one service requirement beyond the routine, this being replacement at circa 70,000 miles of th F/N/S wheel bearing.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Not much to say. I have this car because I frequently carry PA equipment and drums. I accept that running a large estate is an expensive exercise.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

36
Review
Excellent
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Not unreasonable for a Volvo

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

41
Review
Very reliable and has never let me down
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Reasonable costs of general maintenance

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

45
Review
Very reliable

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

46
Review
I have owned and driven this car for 10 months with no issues or problems.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

The cars first service was at a main dealer as always the labour price is extortionate.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

>3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

25
Review
Faults with both aircon and satnav.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
A very nice car to drive and live with, also very practical

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

SE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
The car replaced my s80 d5 (2004) model and is in many ways a retrograde step. It uses more fuel despite being supposedly more economical and in a lower vehicle tax bracket. The "floating dash" concept is a bit of a con as all of the functioning parts for the incar entertainment are in the boot. My s80 had dolby surround sound as standard, the v70 has not got this feature. Also, the s80 had a 4 cd player whereas the v70 accepts only single cds. It has a 3mm jack to connect an mp3 player but no usb socket so that mp3 players cannot be controlled from the cars onboard stereo system (other than volume and tone controls). There is also a stunning lack of instrumentation e.g no engine temperature gauge. Furthermore, the onboard computer gives a digital readout for km per hour, meaning that, on the continent, no other readouts are available if the obd is showing kph. Having said that, the cars seats are the most comfortable of any cay and the ergonomics are second to none. I don't know whether any of the failings described above have been corrected on the 2010 model year vehicle, but as someone who has been driving volvos for 35 years (bought my first in january 1976) - volvo had better watch out if they expect people to be happy with these cars.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

SE LUX, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Very comfortable motorway cruiser and great tow car

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SE Lux, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
In future i would only buy volvo.the car had surpassed my expectations in every way.i might get a diesel next time as it's very thirsty.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SE Premium, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
It's a bit slow but otherwise excellent.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

T6 SE SPORT, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
The volvo v70 t6 is a great car, practical and supremly comfortable with its smooth, quiet and powerful 6-cylinder twin turbo engine. The 4-wheel drive provides great traction in wintry conditions but it is a heavy, powerful petrol car and in combination with its 4-wheel drive and automatic gearbox it is not very economical.

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

D5 SE Lux

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

32
Review
First Volvo after buying people carriers. Good boot, very long when seats folded. Folding cover for boot a bit hard to reach when folded if you are shorter. Apart from 2 new reversing sensors (v expensive), totally reliable. MPG not as good as manufacturer's figures, but made better by fitting Goodyear Efficient Grip Performance tyres - low rolling resistance and v quiet, so little road noise. I achieve 32mpg in mixed driving, 40-42 on a gentle motorway run at 70mph, and about 26mpg in urban driving. This is the penalty for 185bhp and autobox. Car seats very comfortable, makes long journey easy, but leg room in back a bit tight, and very mean compared to a Skoda Superb. Car is heavy and feels very solid, doors shut with a thunk. Tows 1400kg easily, with a little bouncing from the rear end. Very smooth and quiet on motorways and A roads, handling is not as good on bends or B roads, this is no sports car, a BMW will handle much better. Auto box is fine, seems to change up too early when accelerating hard, and changes not seamless unless on very light throttle. Parts costs from Volvo very high if you need them, servicing costs at independent garage similar to previous people carriers. Some switchgear cannot be seen from the driving seat (fogs/display illumination level), but CD/radio has best sound heard in many cars, lots of power and bass. Overall, an expensive car to buy and run with tax at £285 (2008 D5) fuel, insurance and parts. Depreciation high too at around £2,000pa. But if you really want a solid comfy cruiser with plenty of room for goods, this could be an option.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

45
Review
This Volvo V70 has been absolutely faultless. I have had 8 Volvos in the past, and covered 100s of thousands of miles and never had a single fault or problem, they are pretty much bombproof!
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Excellemt average mpg at 45mpg considering it has a powerful 5 cylinder engine. I have not ever needed to buy any spare parts for my car, as it hasn't ever had a fault.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

40
Review
Faultless in 18 months

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

32
Review
EGR Valve failed requiring replacement, other than that it's been reliable.
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Not as economical as claimed

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

45
Review
Brilliant apart from the Peugeot derived engine
Running Cost

4 out of 5

MPG is adequate for how I drive. Servicing at main dealer far too expensive for a poor job. Once I started to go to an old school back street garage, things improved. Volvo need to make more of a feature of Eolys oil. And stop using computers to control essential service parts.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

42.08
Review
in the time I have owned the car it has not let me down once, it has been perfect.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

The fuel economy is no where near the claimed mileage, the service costs are OK, also the dealer has an instalment plan for the service which is a great help as the monthly charge I do not miss, but a large service bill each year would be more difficult to find.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

39
Review
Very good
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Could be cheaper

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

32
Review
I have run Volvo's for many years, and none of them have ever let me down, ever.
Running Cost

3 out of 5

I don't do a lot of mileage now I have retired, but cannot help but notice that the cost of Tyres, Servicing and Fuel all increase annually

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
I'm impressed the car is good quality and feels comfortable and reliable. I am intending to upgrade to an xc70 in 8 mths

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

SE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Practical - excellent tow car

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

r design, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Superbly comfortable, reasonable drive, practical

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

SE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Practical, safe and economical but less reliable

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SE, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Superb economy, and great comfort. Fantastic practicality

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

R Design, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
It is great doies exatly what i expect some minor quirks with messages ans switch positions and its hopeless in the snow but overall i'm happy

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

se, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Superb comfort and safety

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Brilliant

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

SE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
A little underpowered but ok for my type of driving.

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

V70 d3 auto

Year of registration

2015

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

2 - 3 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

58
Review
Mine has been reliable mechanically but it was a brand new car. The headlights are rubbish and make night driving difficult, but the dealership say thats how they are I. My seats are uncomfortable, too, Volvo seem to have made them on the cheap. The start-stop system is very unreliable, it just does not function. Again, the dealership say its fine. No manual came with the car, you have to download it. The steering is too light, too, it wanders on the road. It's fast on acceleration, though. The first V70 I had in 2009 was brilliant, this facelift version is not good. I can't wait to get rid of it.
Reliability
Ok but inherent problems.
Performance

3 out of 5

Fast but has desighn problems
Running Cost

2 out of 5

Reasonable

Owner Review

1 out of 5

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

40
Review
Present issue is the Electronic Management Unit and VOLVO UK refusing to own up to replacing it. - The patronising girl at VCUK explaining slowly to me that things do wear out and VCUK cannot be expected to pay for this etc etc From the written and verbal contact I have had with VCUK in Maidenhead it now seems to be standard policy to decline and deny any component reliability issues where possible rather than retain goodwill and recommendation. And refer the consumer back to the dealer. When it is really a manufacturing issue! Techie input from an independent man with a masters degree in automotive electronics is that the odds of three major components going down at the same time is zero. It’s not chance or 'wear and tear'. EMU is solid state anyway. Where are the moving parts? Why don’t they own up and pay for it? This EMU has been identified too, as knocking out the fuel pump and the EGR - exhaust gas recycler or some such - total cost £710 plus £720 labour. And identifying that the ROOT cause of the problem as the EMU and its replacement will add another £1400. Total with all the frills and sundries - nearly £3500 with VAT. And I now realise that it is likely that this EMU thing was also probably responsible for the windows going up and down of their own accord after being received back from the early service at the local dealer. I calculate I have spent north of £166,000 on VOLVO. My brothers have similarly bought new - having seen how my earlier models went. So my purchases have given Volvo somewhere between £200k and £250k. Really, where is the common sense loyalty? I guess it must be the new ‘belt-tightening’ policy of the new owners. But it seems an interesting way to maintaining the lofty reputation of Volvo. How long before the Maidenhead dealer wises up? I am really appalled at the calibre of people on the 'help' desk and the corporate approach in dealing with what seems to be an original duff component. And so short sighted. Why buy again? Recomm: Until they declare some changes in their attitude to pretty mundane problems, then steer clear of a new vehicle. You won't get the service you thought you were paying for.
Reliability

1 out of 5

General reliability has been OK. Some minor issues that were sorted by the V dealer. On a so-called premium quality car, these really should have been dealt with before delivery. But the recent issues could have been sorted if VCUK had 'owned' up. And this has decided me that the premium price is not backed up by premium loyalty to this customer. You buy and take a bigger chance than you thought you bought. This is back with the era of 1960's deny deny deny. So, back to a German one for me. Or perish the thought a Japansese in three months' time.
Performance
205 bhp in this auto model and it has more than I need - three recent licence points testify that is the case! Kick down is slow, but that is normal. But it doesn't like corners and the boot is shorter than the previous 850s I bought.
Running Cost

2 out of 5

Much as others comment. Pricey for running down to the supermarket but for longer journeys it is not tiring. Comfortable and solid. As you would expect.

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Version

V70 RDesign D5 SE Geartronic

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

30
Review
I was very attracted by the idea of a powerful Volvo based on the Ford Mondeo chassis (which in my opinion is one of the very best out there). What I was hoping for was a good looking, fast, practical, economical, comfortable family wagon which would make our family journeys full of calm and relaxation. Alas... what I actually bought was... well, terrible. From the outside and inside the car looks great. Sporty, comfortable and fairly practical. The seats are typically comfortable as you'd expect and the equipment levels are pretty high with electric heated leather seats, cruise control and an electric boot all standard. However that's about where the good stuff ends because there are 4 significant problems in the driving department. The first is that the ride is RUBBISH, particularly around town. Gone is all the suppleness of the Mondeo chassis and instead you get a hard, choppy, never settled car that feels always heavy and cumbersome. The second is that the combination of numb, slow steering and all or nothing low speed throttle response makes around town progress about as fun as hitting yourself in the face with a frying pan. Things are particularly painful when pulling out of a junction because you either end up as a stereotypical sedate Volvo driver or a wheel spinning boy racer. Once you get going things are fairly quiet but there's absolutely no feel through the steering or pedals which means that if you're not careful you will find yourself hurtling along, much faster than you want to and because there's pretty much no engine braking you'll need to use the left pedal regularly and hard to bring the considerable weight to a stop. It should be noted that the gearbox and steering are better once you're up to speed and grip levels are good but for anyone who spends a lot of time in town... forget it. The third problem is the around town fuel economy. Granted, this is a big heavy car and I would't expect to get to the 48mpg claimed but whereas I can get low 40s out of my diesel Smax on local journeys, I've been lucky to get 30mpg from the Volvo. Again, things are fine on long distance motorway journeys but nothing short or slow. The final problem is parking. If you've ever tried to park a large Volvo you will know the problem. A turning circle just marginally better than the Titanic. Say no more... So... although this car looks good and is fairly practical it's just terrible to drive around town and so you'd be much better to buy a Mondeo and save a LOT of money.
Reliability

3 out of 5

Picked up a nasty rattle in the front suspension which was very hard to diagnose
Performance
Fast but no fun
Running Cost

2 out of 5

Very poor fuel economy

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SE

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

48
Review
I've now had 19 various Volvos and never had any major concerns with any. My V70 SE is one of the best Volvos I've owned. Exceptional fuel consumption for a heavy car. The loading capacity is huge very versatile. The electric handbrake is so much better than other manufactures vehicles I've driven. As a retired technical/auto electrical I can only sing Volvos praise for this vehicle!!

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2.4 diesel se.sport

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

50
Review
This is my 5th Volvo and I must say I have never had a problem with them. One of the finer points of Volvo is the comfort when driving over long distances. The one and only drawback is the turning circle, I have driven 12 metre Volvo buses with better steering.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

33

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

44

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

30
Review
Always starts
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Diesel, very good on long journeys

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

40
Review
door lock malfunctioned within two weeks of purchase.door flew open whilst driving! Could not believe that a Volvo could do this and that the franchise had not corrected it during the pre-delivery check. Had a volvo for last 10 years with no issues what soever
Running Cost

3 out of 5

not had long enough to comment

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

25
Review
TO MANY ELECTRONIC PARTS TO GO WRONG
Running Cost

2 out of 5

SPARES ARE VERY EXPENSIVE MUCH CHEAPER FOR OLED MODELS

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

34
Review
Computer problems and leaking windscreen
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Only routine maintenance so far

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

36
Review
no problems to date
Running Cost

4 out of 5

very good for the size of car

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

21
Review
Some electrical and suspension faults fixed under warranty
Running Cost

1 out of 5

MPG is poor and service costs are high, franchise dealers have monopolised outlets to sustain high prices

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

35

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

32
Review
no problems yet

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Version

D5 SE Geartronic

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

32
Review
This is the 3rd and last Volvo I have personally used, after the family business owning 18 over the past 40 years or so. A very comfortable and spacious car let down by high fuel consumption and abysmal Dealership servicing and a "couldn't care less attitude" from Volvo. Dealer overfilled engine oil by 2 litres which caused EGR valve to stick. I had to pay for repairs - even though car was still under warranty. Dealer failed to find ANY faults reported until warranty had run out, and then wanted to charge. Things improved dramatically once I used independent workshop and got faults fixed though fuel consumption is still 25% higher than previous model.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

se lux, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Practical, comfortable, easy to drive, superb build quality, reliable, fast enough, great towing car. A fantastic all round family car that would be five star all round if the costs were a bit lower.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

SE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Refrigerator - just sits there and does what it is supposed to; worthy but boring.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

R design, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Brillant

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

SE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Good car but now showing its age

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
A very good vehicle and most interested in future rid of ford but now in chinese hands. What will it hold?

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Version

SE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Truly dreadful electrical gremlins - dealer not fully able to fix a problem with the car cutting out whilst driving. Trim rattles from the tail gate. Am radio didn't work - required a £700 printed circuit board replacement. Economy not so good for a 2.0d engine driven sensibly. Lovely car, but the design was probably not fully signed off before production started so always felt only 90% finished. Even the dealer, whilst pleasant, seemed fed up with fixing the same niggling problems on these cars. Oh and also sticky door handles needed fixing, remapping of the engine software, new throttle body. Far too many visits to the dealer for a premium car under warranty. Got rid and swapped for a hyundai - dead simple to fix and five year warranty. Yes i felt that strongly after my last volvo experience ever!!

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

SE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
One of the best diesel engines on the market. Safe, strong, powerfull - and underated by journolists.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Suits me very well.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

D5

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

2 - 3 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

42
Review
Quiet and smooth. These are the main qualities. So little cabin noise, especially on the motorway cruising at 70mph. Reliable. Good acceleration with D5.

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

43.5

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

35

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

30

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

>3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

28
Review
Haven't had any problems so far
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Other than petrol, no costs so far

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

46
Review
Stop Start Failed
Running Cost

2 out of 5

Poor fuel consumption compared with manufacturers figures

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

46
Review
During my six months of ownership I have no issues or problems
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Just had my first franchised dealer service cost of Ł230, for basic visual checks and oil change, is ridiculous.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

drive, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
This has been the most successful car owned so far - the previous style v70's (owned two) were not a patch on the latest model. Apart from reliability (which is faultless) the turning circle is vastly improved. Just completed a 1000 mile journey without any tiredness. The top of the range volvo 960's (owned two) were a great joy at the time but would very outmoded now.

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

SE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
My car is classed as a executive/premium car, however its not as good as the manufacturer suggests or would have you believe and could be improved in many areas. The volvo engines and automatic gearbox are very poor with the following issues, noisy engine, jerky gearbox wanting to downshift often, very poor fuel economy and co2 emissions. The build quality should be better on a £32,000 car with too many squeeks, rattles and trim becoming loose. Low speed ride is slightly jerky and unsettled. Good points include very spacious and well laid out cabin, exceptionally comfortable seats. All switches feels solid, good load bearer. Munches through miles with great comfort.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SE Lux, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Brilliant, as usual. Have driven volvos for 15 years, just getting better.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

SE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
The v70 is my third volvo and i love it because it is probably the safest car on teh road

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Very comfortable safe & practical however most important is its"neutral" image when i go to visit customers. Would definately buy another - after running audis for many years

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SE Lux, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
This latest v70 is practical, has timeless interior styling being neat and uncluttered, is well made and durable along with supremely comfortable seating, it has everything a driver needs to make any journey a pleasure. The seamless geartronic auto makes driving short journeys to work, horrific long traffic jams or holidaying through mountain passes an absolute breeze.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

D SE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
A typically reliable & comfortable volvo estate car.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2.5T SE LUX

Year of registration

8

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

25
Review
I am mainly writing this review after a chat with a neighbour looking to get rid of his Peugeot 508 estate. He wanted to know a number of things after seeing a V70D4 from '10 and I gave him the following, honest, assessment of our SE LUX T5 (that we have had for 7 years now). We bought it for a good price with 18K on the clock. It is mainly used for short commutes into town and very long trips, we go to the Highlands on a regular basis, around 1000 miles round trip and to the continent at least once a year. This car is made (and was selected) for those long journeys. So let's begin there - the comfort in the car on long journeys is impeccable. There is really nothing out there that can compete, the seats are just brilliant and the handling of the car on long motorway and A road journeys is flawless. It is extremely reliable, it has never let us down on a long trip. It also takes all the luggage we want to take (two people), even when the whole boot is reserved for the dog. In the city it is more cumbersome, the turning circle is awful and the automatic gearbox can be annoying when there is a lot of traffic, it sometimes is slow to kick down, giving you a noticeable .5 second delay when you want to accelerate. It is also a lot less fuel efficient on short trips, understandable for a heavy car, but if all you want is something to get you to and from work for a 2x15 minutes trip each day, look elsewhere. In terms of maintenance it has not needed anything drastic - new pads three or four times in 7 years, which is quite a lot, new discs about 4 years ago. It is however a tyre-eater. Sheffield has horrible roads, which plays a part, but it also seems to need tracking quite frequently, our front tyres generally last a year or 12K miles, not very good! The final thing is that it uses a lot of oil, particularly on those long and comfortable motorway journeys. I have to hold up my hands and say that when the conditions allow it I drive over the speed-limit on these journeys, but that really does make it go through oil at a pace. I don't think this is an issue for the newer Diesels though, remember that ours is a 2.5T petrol. The interior holds its shape brilliantly, the car hardly looks any more worn than it did when we first got it, every button, switch etc. works as it should, the seats are still as comfortable as when we first got it. All in all I can happily recommend this 3rd generation V70 as a second hand buy. Even with a lot of miles on the clock, Volvos are built to last. Now that you can pick up a V70 with under 60k on the clock for less than 10,000 pounds you'd be daft not to consider it, my neighbour just got his!
Reliability

5 out of 5

Impeccable
Performance

5 out of 5

The 2.5T automatic comes with 200 bhp, it goes, easily keeping up with hot hatches and the like if you want it to. It is heavy but stops when it has to (This has saved both of us and other road-users paying less attention than us on several occasions!) It isn't as exciting to drive as a hot hatch and probably not as a BMW or Audi, but that is a trade-off with reliability and safety you will have to consider.
Running Cost

3 out of 5

It likes petrol and oil, tyres are an expensive added cost that you should keep in the back of your mind!

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

D5 Special Edition Sport

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

38
Review
This is a cracking car. The D5 produces a reasonable rumble/noise (for a diesel) and this is the 185bhp model and so whilst not super quick, it pulls well and is plenty quick enough for day to day driving and can be hustled along at a decent pace, if you need to. I've owned this car for more than 6 years from new and never had a problem with it, so it's been very reliable and a pleasure to own. Minor niggles are the terrible turning circle and due to the emissions control on this model, it's quite a bit less economical than the previous model but is still fine on a long run, just a bit juicy around town. The last point to note, is that it is a super comfy car to travel in...it's got decent suspension and the comfiest seats I've ever had in a car.
Reliability

5 out of 5

Very reliable. Nothing other than standard servicing has been required.
Performance

4 out of 5

Nice and nippy....can cruise at any speed on the motorway. I've driven back from the south of France in it with no problem. It is also plenty powerful enough to overtake on back road too.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

It's a big heavy car. So the economy is ok but not great....it's a relatively quick car too, so if you want something more economical, get something less powerful. The servicing is expensive at a main dealers, so I use an Volvo specialist and it's much cheaper.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Diesel V70 SE Lux D5

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

43
Review
I have self levelling suspension fitted and there doesn't seem to be the body roll that some reviewers mention. I find the steering precise and I can place the car where I want it on the road, it corners well too. I particularly like the cabin. Others have reported on the comfy seats, but, apart from the great interior, one is sat within this car with space around. In the Jaguar XF and some German cars there is more of a cockpit feel to the cabin where one is sat within the driving space with a large central barrier making the cabin feel enclosed. I specified a manual box - not very common on this car - and I find it good to use. It is difficult to get a 'burn off at the lights', (not a good way to drive anyway) but in the right gear and right revs it can certainly shift, making overtaking easy. Generally, anything above fifty is top gear territory and it seems effortless on any incline making the car feel unstressed and very capable. I don't like the electric hand brake, but it works well enough. The entertainment system is really good and I can use my ipod via the USB socket and connect my telephone via the Bluetooth connection. In my three years of ownership, nothing has gone wrong, the car is quiet and rattle free. I specified laminated windows and this keeps most noise outside. The engine is not unduly noisy either. I get about 43 to the gallon, despite the computer telling me it's a 45.8 average. The air conditioning keeps the car comfortable and fresh. Though this car is now seen as old fashioned I wouldn't want to replace it with anything else. I find my Volvo garage attentive and helpful, completing the motoring experience perfectly for me. Speak as you find... I love my car.
Reliability

5 out of 5

Total
Performance

4 out of 5

More than adequate, making driving easy and enjoyable.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Good for size of car.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

32
Review
it has no failures t date other than steering problem
Running Cost

4 out of 5

it runs fine but best on motorway i use it mostly in town

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

40
Review
Has been totally reliable

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

31
Running Cost

4 out of 5

not bad for a big performance car

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

42

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

43
Review
Never had a breakdown in this or previous (same make similar model) - last 12 years!
Running Cost

5 out of 5

MPG is excellent for a car this size. On a European trip earlier this year, I achieved 56 MPG over a 2000 mile journey! Regular service seems a reasonable price and includes free breakdown cover for one year with an annual service!

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

54.2

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Version

r design sport, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Poor ride, interior quality not what we expected a real disapointment. Flywheel replaced under warranty but not able to fix climate control at all. Squeaks and rattles from new and disinterested dealers.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SE LUX, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Very good, had no problems so far.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

se-lux, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
It's a large practicle estate, awd very usefull in the snow, very happy with the car, very good economy on long runs, dealer servicing too expensive

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

D5 SE (185BHP), 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Volvo reliability, durability, load lugger, economic to run and good safety features

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

SE Lux, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Appaling ergonomics. Poor packaging. Indifferent build quality. Having owned volvos for past 20 years - this car isn't a volvo! It's a poorly disguised ford!

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

S, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2002

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Good car does everything i would expect of it.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SE Lux, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
In future i would only buy volvo.the car had surpassed my expectations in every way.i might get a diesel next time as it's very thirsty.

Owner Review

Version

sport, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2001

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Quality build, very reliable

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

SE Lux, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Nice long/short distance comfortable car with adequate performance. Hopeless in snow - no adhesion at all - requires studded tyres/chains for wintry conditions.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

se lux, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Very good load lugger but not as reliable as i thought it would be, although no worse than any other car nowadays. Running costs are quite high so i think i will buy a ford next time and just put up with a little less quality and gadgets.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

Top of range CD/Auto, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Because the car is second user it became obvious that the previous owner did not follow service and repairs as and when needed,therefore it has taken time to get the car up to the standard required by me. It's quite surprising how some motorists fail to care for their vihicles. your life may depend on it!