Volvo V70 (2007 – 2016) Review
Volvo V70 (2007 – 2016) At A Glance
Big and practical estate. Perfect for families. Good cabin quality. Plenty of safety kit as standard.
Lacks the refinement of its German rivals. Steering feels overpowered. Ride tends to be bumpy at low speeds. Serious issue of carbon build-up in pre-AdBlue EU6 D4 VEA engines that have not been run on high Cetane superdiesel.
Have a crash in a new Volvo V70 and your chances of stepping out intact are better than in any other station wagon.
There are now extra airbags in the seat squabs to protect your lower body in impacts from the side, while the front crumple zone is built from four different types of steel to absorb head-on impacts progressively, leaving the cabin intact. Even the rear bumper is of a new, buttressed design.
There's no safer estate to be in.
It's a bigger, heavier, stronger car than the previous V70, based on the new S80 floorpan rather than the narrower S60 floorpan of the previous V70.
It isn't as pretty, though. The old V70 was one of the best-looking estates you could by. The new one is handsome enough and doesn't offend the eye, but doesn't catch it either. It actually looks better in XC70 four-wheel-drive guise with matt black bumpers and side protectors to ward off damage, and, thankfully, no matt black nose like the old XC70.
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On the inside of an Volvo V70 (2007 – 2016)
Tailgate access is now much better, which will please antique dealers, and cargo volume to window height is up 60 litres. The rear seat backs are split 40-20-40 to suit different passenger and cargo carrying requirements. There are optional built-in child seats that are so easy to pull out to two different heights, the child itself can do it. And if you don't use them you can actually get three reasonable sized child seats across the back seat. There are no plans to offer rear-facing child seats in the cargo area, which now has a clever system of cargo tie-downs and dividers, including a hammock to suit different needs and hooks for grocery bags.
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Driving Volvo V70 (2007 – 2016)
- Engines range from 1.6D DRIVe Start/Stop to 3.2 Geartronic
- Readers report Real MPG to be between 21–65 mpg
There are five engines in the first production. Future plans include PSA/Ford's 2.0-litre 136PS diesel as an entry-level powerplant, but that is unlikely to arrive before next year.
We drove a four-wheel-drive V70 T6 with the 285PS twin-scroll-turbo 3.2 I6 and a 185PS D5, both with 6-speed Geartronic autoboxes. Then the XC70, first with the 185PS D5 and finally with the 238PS non-turbo 3.2 I6.
The 6-speed autobox is a bit slurry, prone to changing gear half way through a bend and with only a back-to-front Tiptronic lever to control it (no paddleshift), it's no fun to drive quickly on twisty roads. Not that this will matter to the majority of owners. Actually, it's very like the S80 it's based on.
The 285PS I6 turbo goes as well as you would expect it to. On a short stretch of traffic-free, de-restricted autobahn we saw 130 very easily. But that's not really the point of a Volvo estate and most buyers are likely to go for the D5.
Volvo offers improvements including an ‘active chassis' in the SE Sport using the three-button technology from the new Mondeo. That stiffens it up, but to really find out how well it can handle I'd like to have tried the 6-speed manual.
One goodie that works well is the adaptive cruise control. It's very simple to work out how to use: just press a button on the steering wheel, then the cruise control button and your speed is set. You can then adjust it in 5mph increments and also decide on how far you want the system to keep you from the car in front. The only downside is that the sensor has to sit in the grille behind an ugly plastic cover that looks like a spectacle case and looks like a spot on the car's face. The system includes collision danger warning to alert the driver of impending disaster, and the optional BLIS blindspot alert has been beefed up with a larger warning light to alert you for anything sitting on your shoulder.
The version I liked best was the XC90 D5. This runs a little bit higher off the road than the old XC90 with better approach, ramp and departure angles and sits on excellent 235/55 R17 Pirelli Scorpion tyres. On the road it's okay rather then an excellent handler and the tyres are commendably quiet. Off-road it's very good indeed, now fitted with Land Rover's Hill Descent Control that gets you down slippery slopes without locking up and sliding into the nearest tree. It was good to see Volvo brave enough to send us on the offroad route in the same cars we had been driving down the German Autobahn.
The XC70 D5 is good news for horse owners and caravanners too, as both the manual and the automatic will restart pulling 2,100kg up a 12% slope, and the substantial vehicle weight of 1,868 to 1,884kg gives a caravan towing weight of at least 1,588kg according to the Caravan Club's sensible 85% rule.
V70 price structure is simple with just five engines initially and three levels of trim. Unlike the S80, there is a turbocharged 285PS 3.2 I6 rather than a 4.4 litre 315PS V8. Some versions are actually cheaper than the equivalent S80. The four-wheel drive XC70 is around £3,000 more than the V70, but comes with standard leather seats that cost £1,200 on a V70. XC 70s only come with the 238PS 3.2 I6 or the 185PS D5. No smaller engines or T6.
Already CAP Monitor is predicting higher residual values for the V70 and XC70 than the equivalent Audi A6 Avant, BMW 5-Series Touring and Mercedes E Class estate (though no mention was made of the Subaru Legacy and Outback).
The V70 and XC70 carry more volume and squarer loads than the A6 Avant or 5-Series Touring. But are neither as big, more as capacious (nor as expensive) as the Mercedes E Class estate. Volvo's niche of buyers is already carved, and they won't be disappointed with the new car.
|1.6D DRIVe||58–63 mpg||12.8 s||119–129 g/km|
|1.6D DRIVe Start/Stop||63 mpg||11.5 s||119 g/km|
|2.0||33 mpg||12.1 s||206 g/km|
|2.0 D||48 mpg||11.1–11.4 s||157 g/km|
|2.0 FlexiFuel||33 mpg||11.3–12.1 s||206 g/km|
|2.4 D||42–47 mpg||9.5–9.9 s||159–178 g/km|
|2.5 T||29–32 mpg||7.7–8.1 s||209–232 g/km|
|2.5 T FlexiFuel||30–32 mpg||7.7–8.1 s||209–224 g/km|
|D2 Powershift||63–67 mpg||13.2 s||111–119 g/km|
|D3||63–69 mpg||9.2–10.6 s||108–119 g/km|
|D3 Geartronic||50–66 mpg||9.2–10.6 s||112–149 g/km|
|D3 Geartronic Start/Stop||50–58 mpg||9.9–10.6 s||130–149 g/km|
|D3 Start/Stop||54–63 mpg||9.9–10.6 s||119–137 g/km|
|D4||63–66 mpg||8.1–9.9 s||113–119 g/km|
|D4 Geartronic||50–63 mpg||8.1–9.9 s||117–149 g/km|
|D5||42–59 mpg||7.8–8.9 s||126–178 g/km|
|D5 4WD||39–39 mpg||9.1 s||189–194 g/km|
|D5 AWD Geartronic||40 mpg||8.7 s||187 g/km|
|D5 Geartronic||46 mpg||8.0 s||164 g/km|
|D5 Geartronic Start/Stop||46 mpg||8.0–8.6 s||164 g/km|
|D5 Start/Stop||59 mpg||7.8 s||126 g/km|
|T4 PowerShift Start/Stop||38 mpg||9.9 s||175 g/km|
|T4 Start/Stop||42 mpg||8.7 s||157 g/km|
|T5||35 mpg||7.7 s||189 g/km|
|T5 PowerShift||34 mpg||7.9 s||195 g/km|
|T5 Start/Stop||35 mpg||7.7 s||189 g/km|
|T6 AWD Geartronic||28 mpg||6.9 s||237 g/km|
Volvo V70 (2007 – 2016) Models and Specs
|Kerb Weight||1598–1895 kg|
|Boot Space||575–1600 L|
|Alternative||Space-saving spare wheel|
|Road Tax Bands||B–L|
|Official MPG||24.6–68.9 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Safety Ratings|
On sale until April 2017
|Estate 2.0 D3 150hp Business Edition Geartronic Start+Stop 5dr||£27,680||65.7 mpg||9.2 s|
|Estate 2.0 D3 150hp Business Edition Start/Stop 5dr||£26,195||68.9 mpg||9.2 s|
|Estate 2.0 D3 150hp SE Lux Geartronic Start+Stop 5dr||£35,205||62.8 mpg||9.2 s|
|Estate 2.0 D3 150hp SE Lux Start/Stop 5dr||£33,720||65.7 mpg||9.2 s|
|Estate 2.0 D3 150hp SE Nav Geartronic Start+Stop 5dr||£33,605||62.8 mpg||9.2 s|
|Estate 2.0 D3 150hp SE Nav Start/Stop 5dr||£32,120||65.7 mpg||9.2 s|
|Estate 2.0 D4 181hp Business Edition Geartronic Start+Stop 5dr||£28,945||62.8 mpg||8.1 s|
|Estate 2.0 D4 181hp Business Edition Start/Stop 5dr||£27,395||65.7 mpg||8.1 s|
|Estate 2.0 D4 181hp SE Lux Geartronic Start+Stop 5dr||£36,470||62.8 mpg||8.1 s|
|Estate 2.0 D4 181hp SE Lux Start/Stop 5dr||£34,920||65.7 mpg||8.1 s|
|Estate 2.0 D4 181hp SE Nav Geartronic Start+Stop 5dr||£34,870||62.8 mpg||8.1 s|
|Estate 2.0 D4 181hp SE Nav Start/Stop 5dr||£33,320||65.7 mpg||8.1 s|
On sale until April 2015
|D2 Business Edition 115 Powershift Auto 5dr||£25,695||67.3 mpg||13.2 s|
|D2 SE Lux 115 Powershift Auto 5dr||£33,220||67.3 mpg||13.2 s|
|D2 SE Nav 115 Powershift Auto 5dr||£31,620||67.3 mpg||13.2 s|
|D3 Business Edition 136 5dr||£25,695||62.8 mpg||10.6 s|
|D3 Business Edition 136 Geartronic Auto 5dr||£27,180||57.6 mpg||10.6 s|
|D3 SE Lux 136 5dr||£33,220||62.8 mpg||10.6 s|
|D3 SE Lux 136 Geartronic Auto 5dr||£34,705||57.6 mpg||10.6 s|
|D3 SE Nav 136 5dr||£31,620||62.8 mpg||10.6 s|
|D3 SE Nav 136 Geartronic Auto 5dr||£33,105||57.6 mpg||10.6 s|
|D5 Business Edition 215 5dr||£28,645||58.9 mpg||7.8 s|
|D5 Business Edition 215 Geartronic Auto 5dr||£30,310||45.6 mpg||8.0 s|
|D5 SE Lux 215 5dr||£36,170||58.9 mpg||7.8 s|
|D5 SE Lux 215 Geartronic Auto 5dr||£37,835||45.6 mpg||8.0 s|
|D5 SE Nav 215 5dr||£34,570||58.9 mpg||7.8 s|
|D5 SE Nav 215 Geartronic Auto 5dr||£36,235||45.6 mpg||8.0 s|
On sale until April 2013
|D2 R-Design Start/Stop Powershift 5dr Auto||£30,420||62.8 mpg||13.2 s|
|D3 R-Design Start/Stop 5dr||£30,420||62.8 mpg||10.6 s|
|D3 R-Design Start/Stop Geartronic 5dr Auto||£31,905||55.4 mpg||10.6 s|
|D4 R-Design Start/Stop 5dr||£31,670||62.8 mpg||9.9 s|
|D4 R-Design Start/Stop Geartronic 5dr Auto||£33,155||55.4 mpg||9.9 s|
|D5 R-Design Start/Stop 5dr||£33,320||58.9 mpg||7.8 s|
|D5 R-Design Start/Stop Geartronic 5dr Auto||£34,805||45.6 mpg||8.0 s|
|T6 AWD R-Design Geartronic 5dr Auto||£40,485||27.7 mpg||6.9 s|
|T6 AWD SE Lux Geartronic 5dr Auto||£41,185||27.7 mpg||6.9 s|
On sale until September 2012
|D2 ES Start/Stop Powershift 5dr Auto||£27,920||62.8 mpg||13.2 s|
|D3 ES Start/Stop 5dr||£27,920||62.8 mpg||10.6 s|
|D3 ES Start/Stop Geartronic 5dr Auto||£29,405||49.6 mpg||10.6 s|
|D4 ES Start/Stop 5dr||£29,170||62.8 mpg||9.9 s|
|D4 ES Start/Stop Geartronic 5dr Auto||£30,655||49.6 mpg||9.9 s|
|D5 ES Start/Stop 5dr||£30,670||58.9 mpg||7.8 s|
|D5 ES Start/Stop Geartronic 5dr Auto||£32,155||45.6 mpg||8.6 s|
On sale until April 2012
On sale until June 2011
|T5 SE Start/Stop 5dr||£31,405||34.9 mpg||7.7 s|
|T5 SE Start/Stop Powershift 5dr Auto||£32,890||33.6 mpg||7.9 s|
|T6 AWD SE Geartronic 5dr Auto||£37,210||27.7 mpg||6.9 s|
On sale until July 2010
|2.5T ES||£28,130||32.1 mpg||7.7 s|
|2.5T ES Auto||£28,130||29.1 mpg||7.9 s|
|2.5T SE||£30,130||32.1 mpg||7.7 s|
|2.5T SE Auto||£30,130||29.1 mpg||7.9 s|
|2.5T SE Lux||£32,380||32.1 mpg||7.7 s|
|2.5T SE Lux Auto||£32,380||29.1 mpg||7.9 s|
|DRIVe (109ps) SE||£27,285||62.8 mpg||12.8 s|
|DRIVe (109ps) ES||£25,285||62.8 mpg||12.8 s|
On sale until April 2010
|D5 AWD (205ps) SE Geartronic Auto||£33,610||39.8 mpg||8.7 s|
|D5 AWD (205ps) SE Lux Geartronic Auto||£35,860||39.8 mpg||8.7 s|
On sale until January 2010
On sale until August 2009
|2.0 FlexiFuel SE||£24,480||32.8 mpg||11.3 s|
|2.0 FlexiFuel SE Premium||£26,480||32.8 mpg||11.3 s|
|2.5T FlexiFuel SE Lux||£30,795||32.1 mpg||7.7 s|
|2.5T FlexiFuel SE Lux Auto||£30,795||-||-|
|2.5T FlexiFuel SE Lux Premium||£32,045||32.1 mpg||7.7 s|
|2.5T FlexiFuel SE Lux Premium Auto||£32,045||-||-|
On sale until January 2009
|2.0 SE||£23,745||32.8 mpg||12.1 s|
|2.0 SE Premium||£25,745||32.8 mpg||12.1 s|
|2.0D R-DESIGN||£26,545||47.9 mpg||11.4 s|
|2.0D R-DESIGN Premium||£27,795||47.9 mpg||11.4 s|
|2.4D R-DESIGN||£28,070||42.2 mpg||9.9 s|
|2.4D R-DESIGN Auto||£28,070||-||-|
|2.4D R-DESIGN Premium||£29,320||42.2 mpg||9.9 s|
|2.4D R-DESIGN Premium Auto||£29,320||-||-|
|2.4D SE||£26,270||42.2 mpg||9.9 s|
|2.4D SE Auto||£26,270||-||-|
|2.4D SE Lux||£29,270||42.2 mpg||9.9 s|
|2.4D SE Lux Auto||£29,270||-||-|
|2.4D SE Lux Premium||£30,520||42.2 mpg||9.9 s|
|2.4D SE Lux Premium Auto||£30,520||-||-|
|2.4D SE Premium||£28,270||42.2 mpg||9.9 s|
|2.4D SE Premium Auto||£28,270||-||-|
|2.5T FlexiFuel SE Lux||£28,845||30.1 mpg||8.1 s|
|2.5T FlexiFuel SE Lux Auto||£28,845||-||-|
|2.5T FlexiFuel SE Lux Premium||£30,095||30.1 mpg||8.1 s|
|2.5T FlexiFuel SE Lux Premium Auto||£30,095||-||-|
|2.5T R-DESIGN||£27,535||29.7 mpg||8.1 s|
|2.5T R-DESIGN Auto||£27,535||-||-|
|2.5T R-DESIGN Premium||£28,785||29.7 mpg||8.1 s|
|2.5T R-DESIGN Premium Auto||£28,785||-||-|
|2.5T SE||£25,735||29.7 mpg||8.1 s|
|2.5T SE Auto||£25,735||-||-|
|2.5T SE Lux||£28,735||29.7 mpg||8.1 s|
|2.5T SE Lux Auto||£28,735||-||-|
|2.5T SE Lux Premium||£29,985||29.7 mpg||8.1 s|
|2.5T SE Lux Premium Auto||£29,985||-||-|
|2.5T SE Premium||£27,735||29.7 mpg||8.1 s|
|2.5T SE Premium Auto||£27,735||-||-|
|D5 AWD R-DESIGN||£30,310||38.7 mpg||9.1 s|
|D5 AWD R-DESIGN Auto||£30,310||-||-|
|D5 AWD R-DESIGN Premium||£31,560||38.7 mpg||9.1 s|
|D5 AWD R-DESIGN Premium Auto||£31,560||-||-|
|D5 AWD SE||£28,510||38.7 mpg||9.1 s|
|D5 AWD SE Auto||£28,510||-||-|
|D5 AWD SE Lux||£31,510||38.7 mpg||9.1 s|
|D5 AWD SE Lux Auto||£31,510||-||-|
|D5 AWD SE Lux Premium||£32,760||38.7 mpg||9.1 s|
|D5 AWD SE Lux Premium Auto||£32,760||-||-|
|D5 AWD SE Premium||£30,510||38.7 mpg||9.1 s|
|D5 AWD SE Premium Auto||£30,510||-||-|
|D5 R-DESIGN||£29,070||42.2 mpg||8.9 s|
|D5 R-DESIGN Auto||£29,070||-||-|
|D5 R-DESIGN Premium||£30,320||42.2 mpg||8.9 s|
|D5 R-DESIGN Premium Auto||£30,320||-||-|
|D5 SE||£27,270||42.2 mpg||8.9 s|
|D5 SE Auto||£27,270||-||-|
|D5 SE Lux||£30,270||42.2 mpg||8.9 s|
|D5 SE Lux Auto||£30,270||-||-|
|D5 SE Lux Premium||£31,520||42.2 mpg||8.9 s|
|D5 SE Lux Premium Auto||£31,520||-||-|
|D5 SE Premium||£29,270||42.2 mpg||8.9 s|
|D5 SE Premium Auto||£29,270||-||-|
|T6 AWD R-DESIGN Geartronic Auto||£36,335||-||-|
|T6 AWD R-DESIGN Geartronic Premium Auto||£37,585||-||-|
On sale until December 2008
|2.0 FlexiFuel R-DESIGN||£26,524||32.8 mpg||12.1 s|
|2.0 R-DESIGN||£26,231||32.8 mpg||12.1 s|
|2.5T FlexiFuel SE||£26,524||30.1 mpg||8.1 s|
|2.5T FlexiFuel SE Auto||£26,524||-||-|
|3.2 R-DESIGN Geartronic Auto||£32,097||-||-|
|3.2 SE Geartronic Auto||£30,335||-||-|
|3.2 SE Lux Geartronic Auto||£33,369||-||-|
|T6 AWD SE Geartronic Auto||£35,033||-||-|
On sale until April 2008
|2.0 FlexiFuel SE Sport||£28,145||32.8 mpg||12.1 s|
On sale until February 2008
|D5 AWD SE Sport||£32,020||39.2 mpg||9.1 s|
|D5 AWD SE Sport Auto||£32,020||-||-|
On sale until November 2007
|2.0 SE Sport||£27,845||32.8 mpg||12.1 s|
|2.0D SE Sport||£28,345||47.9 mpg||11.4 s|
On sale until June 2007
|2.4D SE Sport||£29,845||43.5 mpg||9.9 s|
|2.4D SE Sport Auto||£29,845||-||-|
|2.5T SE Sport||£29,345||30.4 mpg||8.1 s|
|2.5T SE Sport Auto||£29,345||-||-|
|3.2 SE Sport Geartronic Auto||£33,450||-||-|
|D5 SE Sport||£30,845||43.5 mpg||8.9 s|
|D5 SE Sport Auto||£30,845||-||-|
|T6 AWD SE Sport Geartronic Auto||£38,280||-||-|
- Euro NCAP 5 stars passenger protection, 4 stars child passenger protection, 2 stars pedestrian protection.
- Volvo V70 D5 AWD SE voted best tow car in the over 1800kg All-Wheel Drive category in 2009 Caravan Club Towcar of the Year awards.
- Has lost its distinctive rear lights. Not only that, if one of the rear LED light clusters fails or gets damaged, the rear bumper has to come off to unfasten and re-fasten the unit and the whole job runs to £168.
- Complaints of sluggish acceleration from D5 185s. Probably because the ECU has been mapped to restrict torque in the first two gears to help prevent damage from torque reactions to the gearbox whether manual or automatic, and the dual mass flywheel in the manual.
What to watch out for
On the D5 185PS, seems to be a problem with one of the servo valves in the Geartronic automatic transmission that causes severe hesitations on accelerating
Two problems with the 205PS twin turbo D5: Failure of the electronic oil level indicator. This gives a message that a service is required and in the absence of any reference to this new system in the handbook it is not possible to know with certainty how to read the oil level indicator. Low speed turbo can become noisy.
2010 TSB related to rising sump oil levels in D5 Diesel engines with a DPF which is caused by excess fuel entering the engine sump via cylinders during DPF regeneration cycles. The solution is to reprogram the engine management software to reduce the volume of fuel used during the regeneration cycle and drain the excess oil back to midway between the min/max levels on the dip stick, then keep an eye on it. Really, any engine that has had its lube oil contaminated by diesel needs a lube oil change.
4-3-2011: Volvo says, "Regarding the D2 diesel engine, the software has been improved so that particlefilter regeneration is facilitated. As for all modern diesel engines with particlefilter, it is still recommended to do some driving at a bit higher loads once in awhile, to ensure cleaning of the particle filter. However, our experience is thatthe D2 in V50 is really easy to regerarate, so it should work fine also for mostlycity-driving. There is one second point concerning the D2: starting from late 2010 in V50, we do ahardware change from an additive particle filter to a catalyzed one. The additivefilter type needed to be replaced or cleaned after 120,000 km, which is a costlyrepair. The new catalyzed solution does not require this, which is an advantage ifthe customer intends to keep the car for longer time."
25-10-2011: Timing belt tensioner of 2.5 litre Volvo engine can fail in as little as 50,000 miles, flinging off the belt and wrecking the engine, then landing the owner with a £6,000 bill.
5-11-2011: On 5-cylinder manuals, clutch master cylinder / slave cylinder hydraulic seal is prone to failure.
6-1-2012: 'Clunks' reported from the drivetrain of DRIVEe 1.6 D2s, probably from the dual mass flywheel coping with the high gear ratios. Better not to run too low revs in any gear.
16-9-2012: Powershift dual clutch automatic transmission requires fresh fluid every 3 years at a cost of £250
24-9-2012: Sad story of a/c compressor seizing, throwing off the drivebelt that then became entangled in the timing belt and effectively wrote off the engine of a 47k mile 2008 V70.
13-2-2013: Effective immediately, new S80, V70, S60 and V60 D3 and D4 Geartronic versions will emit under 130g/km CO2, - a 4 percentage point improvement on previous BIK banding. This equates to £21 per month for a 20% tax payer based on 2012/13 tax bandings, driving a Volvo V60 D4 SE LUX Geartronic.
13-9-2014: 2010 V70 D3 2.0 5-cylinder diesel used for only 7,300 miles pa had 'engine system service required' dashlight and as a result 0.5 litres of oil were drained from the sump. Obviously overfuelling too much to try to clear the DPF.
27-8-2015: Significant problems with Volvo V70 D4 DriveE 181PS bought May 2014 and run on ordinary low grade diesel: warning light for Lambda-Sond; warning light software update; warning light air intake valve.....cleaned; warning light air intake ........replacement; warning light air intake valve...replaced again; power steering leak......seals on pump replaced; stop-start malfunction....DPF sensor replaced; warning message "reduced engine performance" ...........EGR cleaned; warning light .....EGR replaced. Repairs were carried out at two separate Volvo dealers. Customer not told that these engines only run properly on the Shell V-Power Nitro Plus diesel fuel they were optimised for. The fuel injection system is too sophisticated to work properly when run on cheap, low grade ordinary diesel. (HJ had no problems at all with an S60 D4 181PS run for 7,000 miles over 6 months at an average of an excellent 61mpg.)
3-3-2016: GB Autos has encountered a fault in a control module under the left front passenger floor of some V70, XC70. V60, XC60. XC90, causing multiple faults if the headlamp flash is actuated. Replacement electronic control modules are in stock in advance of customer problems.
23-3-2016: Report of auxiliaries belt of 2011 Volvo V70 D3 snapping at 46,790 miles and leaving the driver stranded.
6-12-2016: Failure of EGR cooler reported on 2014 Volvo V70 D4 DrivE 181PS at 63k miles. No record of which grade of diesel fuel used. Happily Volvo has increased the warranty on this part to 4 years, unlimited mileage.
28-12-2016: Report of August 2015 Volvo V70 SE Lux D4 (bought September 2016 with 4k miles) having first annual service, then 3,000 miles later showed an amber engine block icon with CHECK below. Owner took it back to Volvo dealer that sold it to him who found that diesel fuel had got into the engine oil while regenerating the DPF so they changed the oil and filter FOC. Very important with Volvo D4s that if there is a hot smell and the fans run when you switch off, to get back into the car and drive 10 miles or so to complete the active regeneration.
26-1-2017: Satnav screen failed on 2013 Volvo V70. Dealer wanted £1,000 to replace but reduced price to £600. When owner got the car back, all his presets were still in the replacement unit.
21-4-2017: Report of 2.0 5-cylinder 136PS D3 diesel engine in 95,000 mile 2013 V70 suffering a cracked block, despite regular 18,000 mile oil change intervals. Volvo offered to pay 40% of £10,000 bill leaving customer to pay £5,300.
24-7-2017: Another report of engine problems with same 2.0 litre 5-cylinder D3 diesel engine in 2013 V70 after having the engine replaced at 95,000 miles at a cost of £4,600 (after a 50% contribution from Volvo) on top of a £1,300 service bill earlier in 2017. New engine has a loud knocking sound coming from it. Deale said noise came from the brake disc backing plate, which he straightened out. Noise remained and is getting worse with use. Owner concerned that problem is "Piston Slap" or "Big End Bearings" but also that the dealer may say that engine now needs new injectors.
21-2-2018: Report that locking or unlocking a 2010 Volv V70 triggers the alarm. Volvo dealer unable to trace the fault.
4-3-2018: Report of 2014 Volvo V70 suffering complete failure of its primary IHU (sat nav & information system) at under 60k. Owner contacted Volvo UK to ask and understand about component reliability. Volvo have refused to answer his questions about this - instead stating parts may fail and that beyond 3 years, its not Volvo's responsibility.
14-5-2019: Report of blown head gasket at 58,000 miles in a 2010 Volvo V70 D5, 5-cylinder. The engine has been losing coolant for 18 months. Initially only small and very occasional top ups were required, but as the top ups became more frequent owner had the car checked and pressure tested (twice) by Volvo, but no leaks were found. Then the problem worsened and a chemical test by Parkside Volvo in Orpington revealed that the head gasket was most likely to be blown. Dealer quoted £2,400 to repair and owner took to KAM Automotive in Basildon. They found one of the bolts between the cylinders was loose and the thread had gone, probably a manufacturing defect from 10 years ago. It is repairable, but will require a new set of twelve bolts, further delay and workshop time and an extra £400-£500. But whole job, which includes replacing the timing belt, water pump, and auxiliary belts, will come in at quite a bit less than the minimum quoted by the Volvo dealer.
16-5-2019: Report of failure of 6-speed 6dct450 Powershift automatic transmission in 2014 Volvo V70 D2 auto at 70,000 miles. Quoted the same £4,000 for replacement as Ford owners with the same problem. This transmission absolutely has to have an oil and filter change every 3 years or every 38,000 miles and if it doesn't get this it is prone to failure. Ford has now dropped Powershifts entirely.
11-8-2019: Report of Vehicle Safety Notification to owner of Volvo V70 in mid July relating to a engine bay fire possibility. Two closest Volvo dealers could not advise when a fix would be announced and only referred owner to Volvo's website which again did not provide any details about when a fix would be provided as it was just an FAQ page. Owner concerned about safety of car when carrying children. See Recalls section. Also see carbycar entry for Volvo V60.
8-10-2019: Report of engine check light appearing in my 2015 V70 D3 at 75,000 miles (full Volvo service history). Local garage diagnosed a fault with the EGR valve and quoted approx £700 for replacement. This is the same problem as detailed in carbycar entry for Volvo V60.
31-10-2019: Report of failing Denso I-ART (Intelligent Accuracy Refinement Technology) injectors in VEA engined Volvo V70 D4, despite using superdiesel.
6-1-2020: Regarding 8-10-2019, the Volvo dealer has now confirmed that the engine light is associated with the EGR problem but will only cover the replacement of cooler and has said that owner will have to pay for 50% of the EGR valve and pipe, approx £700. Owner refused to pay this contribution, as it would appear that the complete regen system is inadequate, and that includes the EGR valve. Dealer agreed to carry out the work FoC.
9-9-2009: 26,000 2008-2010 S80, V70, XC60, XC70 and S80L (sold only in China) T6 6-cylinder turbocharged models recalled worldwide due to faulty software that causes engine problems. Electronic module under certain circumstances does not work as it should. All customers to get a letter informing them to go to a dealer and have the software updated. Of the 26,000, 12,000 are in the United States where the engine is very common. There are very few in Europe.
22/04/2009R/2009/046VOLVO CARS80, V70 & XC70wipers may not operate correctly000198001008 22
08/05/2009R/2009/052VOLVO CARS80, V70, C30, C70, S40 & V50brakes may not perform adequately092114105272 23
17/06/2009R/2009/063VOLVO CARS80, V70. XC70 and XC60engine cooling fan may fail038190092273 24
14/07/2009R/2009/070VOLVO CARS80 & V70loss of fuel pressure resulting in engine stalling without warning. 25
02/09/2009R/2009/088VOLVO CARV70,XC70,S80 & XC60engine may stall000395127906 26
21/12/2009R/2009/155VOLVO CARC30,C70, S40, V50 & V70gearbox may not engage or shift gears as intended137302141362 27
01/04/2010R/2010/033VOLVO CARS80, V70 & XC70auxiliary drive belt may detach000312055705 28
12/05/2010R/2010/051VOLVO CARC30,S40,V50,C70,XC60,V70, XC70 & S80engine speed may not decrease000399111999
2010 TSB related to rising sump oil levels in D5 Diesel engines with a DPF which is caused by excess fuel entering the engine sump via cylinders during DPF regeneration cycles. The solution is to reprogram the engine management software to reduce the volume of fuel used during the regeneration cycle and drain the excess oil back to midway between the min/max levels on the dip stick, then keep an eye on it. Really, any engine that has had its lube oil contaminated by diesel needs a lube oil change.
12/05/2010 R/2010/051 VOLVO CAR C30, S40, V50, C70, XC60, V70, XC70 & S80. Engine speed may not decrease. VIN 180043 to 569282
11/06/2010 R/2010/071 VOLVO CAR XC70, V70, S80, XC90, C30, S40, V50, C70, XC60. Gearbox may jam. VIN 543653 to 579597
21/09/2010 R/2010/144 VOLVO CAR C30, S40 and V50. Engine may overheat. VIN 590038 to 592370
29-11-2010: American recall of 2011 Volvo S60, S80, XC60, and XC70. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the problem is that "the software calibration for the fuel cut-off functionality in the engine control module (ECM) is too sensitive". As a result, the engines of affected vehicles could stall unnecessarily and suddenly, seriously increasing the risk of a crash.
03/12/2010 R/2010/224 VOLVO CAR C30, S40, V50, S60, V60, XC60, V70, XC70 & S80. Fire may occur. VIN 610264 to 613753
22/12/2010 R/2010/233 VOLVO CAR S40, V50 S60, XC60 Passenger seat may not be fitted correctly. VIN 488548 to 609751
22-7-2019: Volvo recalled 70,000 S60, S80, S90 saloons, V40, V60, V70, V90 estates and XC60 and XC90 models sold in the UK from 2014 to 2018 fitted with 2.0 litre diesel engines. (See carbycar V60 good/bad 12-2-2006 and 13-7-2019). Apparently the recall affects 500,000 Volvos worldwide. In a statement explaining why the recall was announced, Volvo said internal investigations “have identified that in very rare cases, the plastic engine intake manifold may melt and deform" causing a risk of fire. It also said that in “the most extreme cases” there is the possibility “that a localised engine bay fire may occur", though there have been no reports of injuties. Volvo will contact affected customers who will be asked to visit their local dealership for immediate work to fix the problem. Volvo has stated that the company will fix the faulty vehicles as quickly possible and that customers will not be charged for any costs related to the repair.
14-11-2019: Volvo has submitted to the DVSA its cure for the EGR Cooler issue with VEA diesel engines. These are: A redesigned EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) coolant circuit to achieve engine working temperature faster; this will prevent excessive soot developing in the engine intake manifold system; New soot reducing software; Cleaning of temperature/pressure sensors. Volvo emphasises that there have only been a small number of reports of intake manifold failure, a subset of which have led to engine bay fires. Volvo is confident that the corrective action offers a robust solution.
- June 2007: Prices announced
- September 2007: New V70 revealed
- January 2008
- May 2008
- February 2009
- May 2009: 2010 Model Year announced
- February 2010
- May 2010
- November 2010
- March 2011
- April 2011
- April 2011
- May 2011: V70 R-Design launched
- July 2011: New Volvo D5 engine range
- August 2011
- December 2011
- August 2012
- September 2013
- October 2013
- January 2014
- April 2015
- February 2019: Haynes manual available for Volvo V70 diesel 2007 to 2012.
V70 2.5T SE (200PS) manual £26,495
V70 3.2 SE (238PS) Geartronic £30,600
V70 T6 3.2 AWD SE (285PS) Geartronic £35,430
V70 2.4D SE (163PS) manual £26,995
V70 D5 SE (185PS) manual £27,995
V70 2.5T SE Sport (200PS) manual £29,345
V70 3.2 SE Sport (238PS) Geartronic £33,450
V70 T6 3.2 AWD SE Sport (285PS) Geartronic £38,280
V70 2.4D SE Sport (163PS) manual £29,845
V70 D5 SE Sport (185PS) manual £30,845
V70 2.5T SE Lux (200PS) manual £29,245
V70 3.2 SE Lux (238PS) Geartronic £33,350
V70 T6 3.2 AWD SE Lux (285PS) Geartronic £38,180
V70 2.4D SE Lux (163PS) manual £29,745
V70 D5 SE Lux (185PS) manual £30,745
Geartronic auto where not standard extra £1,350
New V70 revealed
New S80 based V70 in UK showrooms from September 2007. Claimed to be more luxurious inside, more dynamic to drive, with more intelligently configured and flexible space for passengers and luggage, and safer than ever. 15% more torsional rigidity.
Standard DSTC dynamic stability and traction control. Top-spec T6 model is fitted with Volvo’s Instant Traction AWD (all-wheel drive), that uses an electronically controlled hydraulic clutch to instantly distribute torque to the wheels with the most grip. Speed-sensitive powered steering with three settings, intelligent PPB power parking brake that automatically disengages when the accelerator is pressed and the car moves off, making easy work of hill starts.
Integrated rear child booster seats with two heights. Bigger tailgate aperture. 40-20-40 three-part split rear seat offers 16 different combinations. Centre backrest can be lowered to house longer items or raised to provide an additional seat, or the larger backrests can be folded separately to create a flat-floored load. Front passenger seat has foldable backrest. Loadbay floor fitted with aluminium rails and movable load-securing anchorage points.
Available with all new T6 six-cylinder petrol engine: compact and lightweight all-aluminium 3.0-litre in-line unit with turbocharger featuring twin-scroll technology. Producing 285 PS and 400 Nm of torque, the flagship V70 delivers 0 to 60 mph acceleration in 7.0 seconds and a 155 mph top speed.
Also 3.2 I-6 with 238 PS and 320 Nm, 2.5 litre in-line five cylinder turbo engine with outputs of 200 PS and 300 Nm of torque. A bio-fuel E85-compliant version of this engine with 145 PS joins the range towards the end of the 2007. Also two EU4 diesels with 185 PS and 400 Nm (D5) and 163 PS and 340 Nm of torque (2.4D). All engines in the V70 range come with six-speed Geartronic transmission, which gives the driver the choice of automatic or manual shifting. 2.4D, D5 and 2.5T are also available with a 6 speed manual gearbox.
Entry level version with 2.0 litre Ford/PSA 136PS diesel engine with 320Nm torque and 6-speed manual transmission from January 2008. 47.1mpg.
2.0-litre FlexiFuel bio-ethanol engine from January 2008. Called 2.0F produces 145PS and 185Nm of torque and offers combined fuel consumption of 34 mpg in the Volvo V70 and 34.9mpg in the S80. Five-cylinder 2.5F turbocharged engine with 200bhp from 2008. FlexiFuel engines run on renewable E85 bio-ethanol fuel which emits up to 80% less fossil carbon dioxide emissions than petrol. If E85 is not available, the car can also be powered by petrol: both fuels can go into the same tank in any mixture thanks to the car's engine management system which monitors the blend and automatically modifies the injection and ignition timings to optimise performance.
Driver Alert Control (DAC) as well as a Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system launched at Frankfurt Motor Show September 2007. Available as an option priced at £500 on the all-new Volvo V70 and XC70 and the Volvo S80 at the end of 2007. 2.0 litre petrol and diesel engine options to order from November 2007 for delivery from January 2008. Petrols from £24,995 and diesels from £25,495.
The 2.0-litre common rail diesel offers 136PS and 320Nm of torque and has a Diesel Particulate Filter to reduce CO2 emissions to 157g/km. 47.9mpg combined. The 2-litre petrol engine has 145PS and 190Nm of torque and returns 32.8mpg on the combined cycle. CO2 emissions are 206g/km.
R-DESIGN specification bodykit available from May 2008. The V70 R-DESIGN package combines sporty visual features with a specially tuned lowered sports chassis and sharper driving characteristics to offer customers the practicality of a large estate, with more dynamic handling and distinctive styling.
As recently announced there have been many changes and additions to the Volvo V70 and XC90 range, including the new R-DESIGN sport chassis and styling package and a new lower CO2 figure for the Volvo XC90.
Power mirrors with an autofold function now standard1 across the Volvo model range. Mirrors can be set to fold in automatically when the car is locked, and fold out again when the car is unlocked. Communications Pack have also revised and now includes RTI Navigation System, Keyless Drive and Bluetooth® Handsfree System.2
Bluetooth handsfree system is also available as an individual option for a RRP of £200 on the Volvo C30, S40, V50 and C70. This handsfree system automatically recognises a Bluetooth compatible mobile phone as it enters the car and seamlessly takes over, allowing the driver to switch freely from the mobile phone to the handsfree system. By simply touching the blue button, the Bluetooth handsfree system will listen to commands and make calls.
A new Homelink option is available across the Volvo range for a RRP of £501 . With buttons integrated in the sun visor, Homelink® allows the occupants to operate remote controlled home appliances, such as a garage door, home alarm and exterior lighting, without leaving the car. There are new colour additions with Savile Grey being added to S80, C30, V50 and S40, while Caper Green Pearl will join the S80 and XC70 and Vanilla Pearl to the C70.
New 2.4D from Spring 2009 down to 157g/km so under £160g/km for company write down purposes.
Volvo V70 1.6D DRIVe 109 hp/240 Nm, 129 g/km, 57.6 mpg. The Volvo V70 and S80 DRIVe models will come equipped with the same powertrain – 1.6-litre diesel engine and manual gearbox – as the smaller C30, S40 and V50 but with specially tailored engine software and different ratios in third, fourth and fifth gears. The optimised powertrain is a major aid in helping Volvo's larger cars significantly cut their fuel consumption and CO2 emissions to 57.6 mpg and 129 g/km respectively.
Several other factors also contribute to the reduction in fuel consumption, for example the tyres that have been specially designed for low rolling resistance. The V70 and S80 DRIVe versions are also equipped with an electric power steering pump that delivers exactly the servo assistance the driver requires, in a precise and energy-efficient way. All DRIVe models feature this power steering system. The V70 also features a covered grille to aid aerodynamics and a lowered chassis (20 mm front, 15 mm rear).
2010 Model Year announced
The Volvo V70 gains the two new diesel engines with prices for the 2.4D starting at £26,845 OTR and £28,745 for the D5 both in SE trim. Changes to the V70 range also include a new front grille displaying the large iron mark and new steering wheel chrome highlights in SE and SE Lux and chrome trim around the ignition area. Cars with the D5 and T6 AWD engines now have visible twin rear exhaust pipes as standard.
The 2.5T engine has been updated to offer a performance boost to 231 PS and 340 Nm of torque. Despite this 13% increase in power the CO2 emissions have been reduced to 209 g/km and fuel consumption improved to 32.1 mpg with the manual transmission. Prices for the Volvo V70 range start at £22,745 for the new low-CO2 emitting DRIVe model.
The Volvo V70 benefits from the new and improved D5 and 2.4D diesel engines which were announced earlier in 2009. The new D5 engine with its twin sequential turbo charging offers a 20 PS performance boost to provide 205 PS and 420 NM of torque. Despite this power increase, CO2 emissions have been cut to 164 g/km in the S80.
The 2.4D has also been upgraded and the new engine offers a 12 percent improvement in performance to 175 PS and 420 Nm of torque whilst bringing down CO2 levels to 155 g/km in the S80 and 159 g/km in the V70. In the XC60 and XC70 the 2.4D coincides with the introduction of front-wheel-drive and together, they reduce emissions to just 159 g/km. Crucially, this figure enables these two models to fall below the 160 g/km threshold for the Capital Write Down Allowance.
Volvo is offering an additional Premium Pack specification on all trim levels and engines in V70 models for an extra £2,000. The Premium Pack includes the addition of Leather-faced Upholstery and Satellite Navigation System (RTI).
An updated Satellite Navigation system (RTI) has also been introduced in the V70 to bring them in line with the smaller cars in the Volvo range. A new driver interface, new colours and an improved premium feel to the menu and symbols are the key features and the unit costs £1,950 (including VAT). All new 2010 MY models were available to order from June 2009 with first customer cars from July 2009/
Headlights are easy DIY replacement. Pop the bonnet, two steel pins for each unit, pull them out, undo multi plug, the whole lot slides out, carry to a warm dry spot in house/garage to swap bulb etc. In 30 secs they are back in.
Lower emission, lower tax 119g/km DRIVe versions of V70 introduced. Delivering 109bhp and 240Nm of torque, the modified 1.6 litre turbocharged diesel engine provides improved fuel economy by 5.1mpg to 62.8mpg on the Combined Cycle, increasing both cars’ range to nearly 1100 miles. Both cars fall into Vehicle Excise Duty Band C and Volvo estimates the new 119g/km engine reduces annual carbon emissions by 150kg over the S80 and V70 DRIVe’s previous low of 129g/km.
New five-cylinder 2-litre turbodiesel from the all-new Volvo S60 now available throughout Volvo Cars' model range. Six-cylinder T6 petrol engine upgraded to 304 PS and 440 Nm of torque. The new two-litre five cylinder diesel powerplant is introduced to the XC60 and XC70 models and replaces the familiar four-cylinder 136 PS unit in the V70 and
The new five-cylinder 2.0D diesel is, in principle, the same engine as the well-established 2.4-litre diesel, but its displacement has been reduced with a shorter stroke to optimise fuel consumption. The injection system also has a different type of piezoelectric fuel injector compared with the D5 engine. These injectors minimize fuel consumption with their exceptionally rapid and precise injection pulses under high pressure to promote extremely efficient combustion.
In the Volvo S80, V70, XC70 and XC60 the newly developed 2-litre diesel engine produces 163 PS and is badged the D3. This hierarchic naming has been introduced to allow customers to more easily understand which engine is the most powerful and which fuel it is driven by - D for diesel and historically T has been used for Volvo's petrol cars. Volvo's naming strategy also follows the principle that the higher the number the more powerful it is - a D5 engine has more power that a D3.
The new frugal D3 DRIVe will also appeal to fleet managers, not only because CO2 emissions fall below the all-important 160g/km Writing Down Allowance. With the DRIVe model fitting in neatly below the crucial 160g/km tax band at 154g/km, its Benefit-in-Kind credentials are strong.
In the Volvo V70, the newly developed 2-litre diesel engine produces 163 PS and 400 Nm of torque and is badged D3. The D5 twin-turbo diesel and high-performance T6 petrol engine remain in the ranges and have both benefitted from improvements.
The D5 205 PS has seen a drop in CO2 emissions. For example, the D5 emissions in the XC60 have fallen from 183 g/km to 174 g/km. The T6 powertrain in the V70, XC70 and XC60 has been upgraded to offer a 19 PS boost to a storming 304 PS at 440 Nm thanks to a reduction in internal friction. Maximum torque is achieved between 2100 and 4200 revs. This results in rapid acceleration and smooth driving properties. Emissions have also been reduced - Volvo XC60 T6 emissions, for example, have dropped from 274 g/km to 249 g/km. The D3, D5 and T6 engines are all Euro 5 compliant.
The S80 and V70 retain the 2.5T petrol engine and the low-CO2 emitting DRIVe 109 PS variant. The V8 AWD Auto remains available in the Volvo S80.
Another facet of Volvo's 2011 Model Year update is a change in the specification hierarchy with the introduction of the ES trim level. The ES replaces the S specification and includes all the features and safety systems you would expect from Volvo.
New T3 and T4 petrol engines – 1.6-litre GTDi. New four-cylinder GTDi (Gasoline Turbocharged Direct Injection) petrol engines have been rolled out across a wide range of Volvo models, available to order now. Both the T3 and T4 are available in the all-new S60 and all-new V60 while the T4 is available in the S80 and V70.
Two new versions of the 1.6-litre GTDi petrol unit are being introduced - a 150hp T3 and 180hp T4 variant, both delivering 240Nm torque for impressive in-gear acceleration yet frugal consumption. T3 and T4 variants engines on Volvo S60 and V60 models feature a manual gearbox as standard and incorporate a new start/stop function – the first time start/stop has been fitted to a non-DRIVe car.
Powershift automatic transmission is available on the T4 fitted to the S60, V60, S80 and V70 models and includes a new function that disengages drive when the driver releases the accelerator and lets the car 'coast'. This reduces rolling resistance and helps cut fuel consumption.
T5 engines – 2.0-litre GTDi.
The 2.0-litre GTDi T5 petrol engine features 240hp and a healthy 320 Nm torque and is now available in six-speed manual guise on the all-new S60 and V60, V70 and S80. Six-speed Powershift automatic transmission versions are available on those models as well as the XC60.
Paul Welander, acting Senior Vice President Product Development at Volvo Cars says, "We have succeeded in making a four-cylinder engine that is as powerful as a 2.5-litre five-cylinder unit - but much more energy-efficient. This is a welcome development both for the environment and for those customers who want high performance and good driveability. One of the most important explanations behind the result is our patented new turbo system which has been tailor-made for smaller, more energy-efficient engines."
The T5 uses sheet steel rather than cast iron for the turbocharger. Using sheet steel for both the exhaust manifold and the turbocharger reduces weight and boosts efficiency, mostly because it allows for greater heat generation. This also improves the after treatment of the burnt gases, reducing pollutants. The turbo is unusually small which helps boosts engine response and cuts consumption.
Launched at the Geneva Motorshow, three Volvo's models available in the UK with special 'Ocean Race' inspired specification, allowing customers to own a piece of Volvo's involvement in the world's most challenging of sailing events.
Volvo Ocean Race Editions available to order in Volvo V60, XC60 and XC70 from April 2011 with customer cars to be delivered in July 2011. Engine availability and pricing have yet to be confirmed in the UK.
Choice of two exterior colours, Volvo Ocean Blue II or Electric Silver, in conjunction with the sail-inspired leather upholstery in off-black and soft beige with embossed Volvo Ocean Race Logo on the backrest of the front seats. Other features are uniquely designed aluminium wheels, chromed detailing and the Volvo Ocean Race emblem on the front wings.
Inside, seats and door panels feature an added level of craftsmanship. The load cover displays the Volvo Ocean Race logo in print with stitching and sheet detailing, there are textile floor mats with clew-inspired (lower corner of a sail) details in aluminium and the tread plate in aluminium is embossed with the text "Volvo Ocean Race". In addition, the Human Machine Interface start-up display shows the Volvo Ocean Race logo and text.
Volvo re-certified most of its diesel range under 120g/km CO2, including the 215PS D5 in the S60 and V60, for the 2013 model year, and at the same time re-named DRIVe to Drive-E.
Model/Engine D2 (115 hp) D3 (136 hp) D4 (163 hp) D5 (215 hp)
V70 119 g 119 g 119 g 126 g
The D2 engine combined with automatic Powershift gearbox comes with the same low fuel consumption and CO2levels as the manual versions in the Volvo S60, V60, V70 and S80. Now, the DRIVe symbol, which has been used to denote the lowest CO2emitting engine in each of the models, will be re-named Drive-E.
Volvo Car Corporation has extended its diesel engine offer with a new entry-level 5-cylinder, 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel in the Volvo S60, V60, V70 and S80 models.
This engine, which has an output of 136 hp and maximum torque at 350 Nm, will be badged D3 and emits 114g/km - 119g/km according to model. The engine is available both with a manual and an automatic transmission.
The current D3 (163hp) diesel engine is re-named the D4 in order to make way for this new engine in the line-up for all the larger cars.
This new diesel engine enables Volvo to now offer a D2 with 115 hp, a D3 with 136hp, a D4 with 163 hp and a D5 with 215 hp.
- A new 5-spoke forged, 18-inch aluminium wheel is available for the Volvo S60, V60, V70 and S80.
- The 11-spoke, 17-inch Saga wheel for the Volvo V70 and S80 is updated with black contrast paint on the diamond-cut areas.
- The Volvo V70 gets an updated grille with glossy black details.
The model year 2013 versions of the Volvo S60, V60, XC60, V70, XC70 and S80 will be available to order during April with production starting May 2012.
Volvo V70 D2, D3, D4 and D5 automatics come with the same Getrag 6-speed wet clutch Powershift transmission as Foird Mondeos, S-Max and Galaxys.
Upgraded Engines with More Power and Improved Fuel Economy. The upgraded versions of the Volvo V70, XC70 and S80 are the first in the model range to feature sharpened versions of the five-cylinder D5 and D3 turbo-diesels. The V70 and S80 also join Volvo's ultra fuel-efficient DRIVe range, which means Volvo now offer seven cars producing below 120g/km.
In the D5 engine Volvo Cars' engine experts have boosted performance and torque from 205 hp/420 Nm to 215 hp/440 Nm while at the same time reducing fuel consumption by eight percent,
The previous generation of D5, first seen in the S80, was the first Euro 5-compliant engine and amongst the most fuel-efficient engines in its segment when launched in 2008. It featured advanced solutions such as sequential twin-turbo technology, ceramic glowplugs and piezo-electric fuel injectors.
The twin-turbo setup with two different-sized turbochargers operating in tandem provided added power across a wider rev band. The configuration gives alert response and fast, powerful acceleration high up the rev range.
Advanced injection technology using piezo-electric fuel injectors ensures highly precise distribution of fuel in the combustion chamber. This promotes efficient fuel combustion and low emissions. At the same time, this technology and its efficient combustion system help create a pleasant engine note.
This means that the fuel consumption (EU Combined) of a Volvo S80 D5 is now an impressive 57.7 mpg (129 g/km of CO2) with manual gearbox and start/stop. The corresponding figures for the automatic version are 47 mpg (158 g/km of CO2).
The figures for a Volvo V70 are 55 mpg (134 g/km) with the manual gearbox and 46 mpg with the automatic. Fuel consumption in the XC70 is 50 mpg (149 g/km) in the FWD version with manual gearbox and 42 mpg (179 g/km) with the automatic.
The medium-performance D3 with 163 hp and 400 Nm of torque was introduced in the Volvo S60 and V60 in 2010. It is in principle the same engine as the 2.4-litre version, but with a shorter stroke that reduces displacement to 2.0 litres.
The two-litre diesel engine's driveability is now further improved thanks to fine-tuning of the turbocharger. This is an excellent example of the fact that efficiency enhancement in modern combustion engines is now taking place at microscopic levels.
Its injection system has the same type of piezo-electric fuel injectors as the D5, but tailored for the smaller engine. The injectors reduce combustion with exceptionally quick and precise injection sequences under high pressure. The result is particularly effective combustion.
In order to give the car even better driving properties, it is fitted with a variable-geometry turbocharger. The corresponding figures for the D3 engine with manual gearbox are 57.7 mpg (129 g/km) in the Volvo S80, 54 mpg (137 g/km) in the V70 and 51 mpg (144 g/km) in the XC70 (DRIVe version).
The four-cylinder 1.6-litre diesel fitted to the C30, S40, V50 and most recently in the S60 and V60 is now available in the V70 and S80. It is an improvement over the previous DRIVe derivative by offering an increase from 109 hp to 115 hp whilst keeping a maximum torque of 270 Nm. The engine is available with a six-speed manual gearbox and also benefits from start/stop technology which results in fuel consumption of 62.8 mpg and emissions of only 119 g/km for both the V70 and S80.
The DRIVe features the same technology as announced on the recent S60 and V60 DRIVe specifications. Brake Energy Regeneration, low rolling resistance tyres and precise fuel management all help to achieve these impressive fuel economy and CO 2 figures.
The V70, XC70 and S80 now feature the latest user-friendly Volvo Sensus infotainment system and enhanced technology that makes driving even safer and more comfortable.
Volvo Sensus is an excellent example of how Volvo Cars refines the driver environment. The new infotainment system made its debut in the Volvo S60 and V60 in 2010. Now the Volvo XC60, V70, XC70 and S80 also get the same feature.
In Sensus, all information is presented on a five-inch or seven-inch colour screen in the upper part of the centre stack. The screen is positioned high up to make it easy for the driver to keep his or her eyes on the road without being distracted. All the functions can be controlled via buttons built into the steering wheel or via touch buttons located just below the colour screen.
Pressing once on the "My Car" button in the centre stack offers access to a range of settings, such as for City Safety, Collision Warning, Pedestrian Detection, Driver Alert System, Active Cruise Control, lighting, door mirrors, climate unit, central locking and audio system.
Other New Features Inside and Out
Among the other new features in the Volvo V70, XC70 and S80 are:
- New body colours Biarritz Blue (V70 and S80) and Twilight Bronze (XC70).
- Redesigned headlamps. Active Xenon lights are optional.
- LED turn indicators integrated into the door mirrors (V70 and S80).
- Two new wheel designs for the V70, XC70 and S80.
- Inside the passenger compartment there are two new highlight colours for the upholstery: Sangiovese Red (V70 and S80) and Blond (V70, XC70 and S80).
- In addition there is a new three-spoke steering wheel, enhanced décor inlays and redesigned interior lighting.
V70 R-Design launched
The V70 R-Design comes with a number of specially developed exterior and interior design details. The exterior has unique design details in the front, LED turning indicators integrated into door mirrors with silk metal covers and a unique, diamond cut 18-inch wheel called "Ixion". On the inside, there is leather upholstery trimmed in off black, leather around the gear selector, and black floor-mats with contrasting stitching.
V70 R-Design is available together with all drivelines, which also makes it possible to choose the newly launched 1.6-litre DRIVe diesel with CO 2 emissions at 119g/km. It also features the latest Volvo Sensus infotainment system. In Volvo Sensus, all information is presented on a five-inch or seven-inch colour screen in the upper part of the centre stack. The screen is positioned high up to make it easy for the driver to keep his or her eyes on the road.
New Volvo D5 engine range
|Annual tax payable|
|S80||Transmission||CO 2 g/km||P11D price||% of P11D||20%||40%|
|2.4 D5 Executive||Auto||159||£36,615||25||£1,1758||£3,515|
|2.4 D5 SE||Manual||129||£31,080||18||£1,119||£2,238|
|2.4 D5 SE||Auto||159||£32,565||25||£1,563||£3,126|
|2.4 D5 SE-LUX||Manual||129||£33,280||18||£1,198||£2,396|
|2.4 D5 SE-LUX||Auto||159||£34,765||25||£1,669||£3,337|
|Annual tax payable|
|V70||Transmission||CO 2 g/km||P11D price||% of P11D||20%||40%|
|2.4 D5 ES||Manual||134||£29,930||19||£1,137||£2,275|
|2.4 D5 ES||Auto||164||£31,415||25||£1,571||£3,142|
|2.4 D5 R-DESIGN||Manual||134||£32,230||19||£1,225||£2,449|
|2.4 D5 R-DESIGN||Auto||164||£33,715||25||£1,686||£3,372|
|2.4 D5 SE||Manual||134||£32,030||19||£1,217||£2,434|
|2.4 D5 SE||Auto||164||£33,515||25||£1,305||£2,609|
|2.4 D5 SE LUX||Manual||134||£34330||19||£1304||£2609|
|2.4 D5 SE-LUX||Auto||164||£35,815||25||£1,791||£3,582|
|Annual tax payable|
|XC70||Transmission||CO 2 g/km||P11D price||% of P11D||20%||Transmission|
|2.4 D5 AWD ES||Manual||149||£32,580||22||£1,434||£2,867|
|2.4 D5 AWD ES||Auto||179||£34,065||28||£1,908||£3,815|
|2.4 D5 AWD ES||Manual||149||£34,680||22||£1,526||£3,052|
|2.4 D5 AWD SE||Auto||179||£36,165||28||£2,025||£4,050|
|2.4 D5 AWD SE-LUX||Manual||149||£37,480||22||£1,649||£3,298|
|2.4 D5 AWD SE-LUX||Auto||179||£38,965||28||£2,182||£4,364|
Volvo's fuel saving start/stop technology which reduces emissions of CO2 by up to 8% has, for the first time, been combined with the six-speed Geartronic transmission. Initially, it is available together with the 2.0-litre D3 turbo diesel, cutting CO2 emissions by 10g/km - translating into a decrease in fuel consumption of up to 3.6 miles per gallon.
To begin with, this new technology is available as standard in the four of Volvo's models, the all-new S60 and V60, V70 and S80. All four models are available to order now and attract no price increase for this added technology and beneficial decrease in CO2 and fuel consumption. The technology uses brake pressure measurement to trigger when to stop and start the engine. The start/stop system is programmed to shut down the engine immediately when the car reaches a standstill (0 mph).
An electric pump keeps oil pressure up in the automatic gearbox while the engine is stopped. The system also includes an upgraded starter motor to cope with the increased number of starts.
|Model||With Start/Stop – CO 2 / MPG||Previously – CO 2 / MPG|
|S60||142 / 52.3||152 / 48.7|
|V60||149 / 49.6||159 / 47.1|
|V70||149 / 49.6||159 / 47.1|
|S80||148 / 50.4||158 / 47.1|
1.6 115PS DRIVe diesel now available with Powershift automatic gearbox in V70.Fuel consumption (combined cycle) and CO2 figures are 62.8mpg & just 119g/km, so £30 tax.
Customers will be able to order a DRIVe Powershift in early 2012 with production starting mid-February. On the road prices start at £27,730 for the V70 DRIVe.
The V70 DRIVe is fitted with Volvo's latest 4 cylinder 8 valve 1.6-litre turbo diesel engine, delivering low CO2 while still delivering a healthy 115hp and 270 Nm of torque.
Volvo added new Business Edition variants of the S60, V60 and V70. Based on the ES and ES Nav variants, these models benefit from enhanced standard specification and lower list prices, designed to lower BIK payments for company car drivers.
Extra equipment in the Business Edition models includes integrated sat nav, multimedia audio system, Bluetooth and rear park assist.
The S60 Business edition is priced from £19,995, with the equivalent V60 priced from £21,195 – both represent a £3000 reduction off the outgoing ES model. The V70 D2 Powershift Business Edition is £2,925 cheaper than the ES, at £24,995 on-the-road. Order books are open now.
Employers also save on class 1A NIC contributions which are also determined by CO2 emissions. The changes have delivered an 11% emissions reduction on S60 D3/D4 Geartronic, which now produces just 126g/km CO2, (down from 142g/km) and returns 58.9mpg (52.3mpg on the previous production model). These improvements have helped reduce BIK from 22% to just 19% this year and to 20% for the upcoming 2013/2014 financial year.
Other models in the Volvo range that will benefit from the latest enhancements is the XC60 D4 FWD Geartronic. Fuel economy for this model rises to 47.1mpg from 41.5mpg and it now produces just 159g/km CO2, a 19g/km CO2 improvement on the previous production model. The corresponding fall in BIK sees this vehicle drop from the 29% BIK banding to just 25% for the current financial year and 26% for the 2013/2014 financial year.
Volvo launched the first of its new series of DRIVe engines – two 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. Volvo will sever its last engine links with Ford within the next two years with a new family of efficient, light and compact four-cylinder units.
The first of these new Drive-E engines will be available by the end of 2013.For the UK there will be a D4 twin-turbo diesel developing 181PS and 400Nm of torque, and a supercharged and turbocharged T6 petrol unit with 306PS and 400Nm.
The D4 will be available in the '60-series' family as well as the V70, XC70 and S80. The T6 will, for now, only be offered in the S60 saloon and V60 estate, but is destined to go into the all-wheel-drive XC60 crossover later. Eventually the Drive-E family will expand to eight engines, seven of which will be offered in the UK. All will be 2.0-litre direct-injection units with varying levels of turbocharging.
The diesels will deliver between 130 and 239PS, and the petrol units 140 to 306PS. They have been prepared for eventual use in hybrid drive systems. The previous range of Ford four-cylinder engines and in-house five-cylinder diesel and six-cylinder petrol units are progressively phased out.
Volvo says the new engines are up to 35% more fuel efficient than those they replace, an average of 50 kilos lighter and smaller. The S60 D4 will bring CO2emissions down to as low as 99g/km, while even the T6 emits only 149g/km.
The Drive-E units meet all future emissions regulations up to 2017, without expensive after-treatment in the case of the diesels. Volvo now offers a new eight-speed Aisin Warner automatic transmission with the D4 and T6 as an alternative to the revised six-speed Getrag manual gearbox.
Production version of Volvo's new D4 2.0 litre diesel develops with 181PS and and with manual gearbox manages an EC combined economy of 74.3mpg emits 99g/km in the EC tests. A Volvo V60 D4 with up to 17-inch tyres also breaks the 100-gram barrier according to the NEDC certification with CO2emissions the same as the S60 saloon at 99 g/km.
The Drive-E diesels feature world-first i-ART technology with pressure feedback from each fuel injector instead of using a traditional single pressure sensor in the common rail. Each injector has an intelligent chip on top of it that monitors injection pressure. Using this information, the self-adapting i-ART system makes sure that the ideal amount of fuel is injected during each combustion cycle.
The new D4 FWD can be ordered from October 2013 and is available in the new S60, V60, XC60, V70, XC70 and S80. It is also available to order with the new 8-speed automatic. The Volvo S60 T6 FWD with 306 horsepower and the new 8-speed automatic emits only 146g/km CO2 and is the first car in the segment that delivers over two horsepower per gram of CO2from a combustion engine only. The car accelerates from 0-62 mph in 5.9 seconds.
The new two-litre, four-cylinder T6 engine features both a supercharger and a turbo charger, like VAG's 1.4 'Twincharger' TSI. Using the supercharger to fill in the bottom end torque gives the petrol engine a big, naturally aspirated feel. The mechanically linked compressor starts to function immediately at low revs, while the turbocharger kicks in when the airflow builds up. The new T6 engine is expected to be available during 2014.
Volvo Drive-E 4 cylinder powertrains:
1,969cc 4cylinder single turbo: 120PS, 250Nm torque
1,969cc 4cylinder single turbo: 150PS, 320Nm torque
1,969cc 4cylinder twin turbo: 181PS, 400Nm torque
1,969cc 4cylinder twin turbo: 230PS, 480Nm torque
1,969cc 4cylinder single turbo: 140PS, 250Nm torque + 30Nm overboost
1,969cc 4cylinder single turbo: 190PS, 300Nm torque + 30Nm overboost
1,969cc 4cylinder single turbo: 245PS, 350Nm torque + 30Nm overboost
1,969cc 4cylinder supercharger + turbo: 306PS, 400Nm torque
Increased power for new Volvo V70 D3 with lower emissions and improved fuel consumption. Air Quality System and Rain Sensor become standard and Onyx Black and Magic Blue are new colours added to the option list. Two new wheel designs: 18” Skadi and 19” Portia
CO 2 g/km
New D3 engine with 14hp power increase over previous engine. Fuel economy and emissions both improved.
*108g/km for Business Edition model.
Haynes manual available for Volvo V70 diesel 2007 to 2012.
Pringted £22.99. Online £16.99. Covers: Volvo V70 Estates with diesel engines. Turbo-Diesel: 1.6 litre (1560cc), 2.0 litre (1984cc and 1998cc) and 2.4 litre (2400cc) 4-cyl and 5-cyl. Does NOT cover 2.4 litre twin-turbo diesel engine, models with petrol engines, ‘FlexiFuel’ models, or vehicles with AWD or ‘Powershift’ transmission. From Haynes