Good: Good to drive. Packed with safety kit including ‘City Safety’ as standard. Geartronic start/stop. New 2.0 Volvo D4 diesel from 2014 under 100g/km CO2.
Bad: Decent handling comes at the expense of ride at times. CO2 emissions were only average for this class of car until new Volvo diesel arrived in 2014.
Good: Very comfortable seats and excellent ride quality. Feels like a solid and well made car.
Bad: Lags behind the competition when it comes to handling. Smaller engines lack refinement.
Good: Very comfortable and refined with excellent ride. High quality interior. New 2.0 litre Volvo D4 DriveE engine extremely smooth and economical.
Bad: Steering could do with more weight. Choosing an automatic means big drops in economy and increases in CO2.
Good: Clever safety systems. Impressive direct injected petrol engines. Comfortable seats. New 2.0 Volvo D4 diesel from 2014 under 100g/km CO2. AWD gives steering more 'feel'.
Bad: Artificial steering feel. Ride struggles on rough surfaces. Not a load carrier like traditional Volvo estates. Five cylinder engines dropped from late 2013.
Good: Big and practical estate. Perfect for families. Good cabin quality. Plenty of safety kit as standard.
Bad: Lacks the refinement of its German rivals. Steering feels overpowered. Ride tends to be bumpy at low speeds.
Good: Very comfortable and refined. Makes for a good long distance car. Stylish cabin. R Design models look sporty. Low emissions DRIVe versions available.
Bad: D5 diesel starting to feel dated. Geartronic automatic can be sluggish. Handling more SUV than sportscar.
Good: Smart-looking estate with more off-road ability than the previous XC70. Comfortable, safe and practical.
Bad: Mediocre to drive and arguably not as good looking as its predecessor.
Good: Incredibly refined and quiet on the move. High quality cabin with room for seven. Well equipped as standard. D5 is smooth yet punchy with good economy. Five star Euro NCAP rating.
Bad: Petrol engine is pricier than the diesel.