Volvo XC70 (2007 – 2016) Review

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Volvo XC70 (2007 – 2016) At A Glance


+Smart-looking 4WD estate with more off-road ability than the previous XC70. Comfortable, safe and practical.

-Mediocre to drive and arguably not as good looking as its predecessor. Serious issue of carbon build-up in pre-AdBlue EU6 D4 VEA engines that have not been run on high Cetane superdiesel.

Insurance Groups are between 22–40
On average it achieves 79% of the official MPG figure

According to Volvo, more of its XC70 models are driven off-road than the larger XC90. The V70 estate based four-wheel drive car with raised body height has proved a real success for the Swedish firm, especially in its home market where snow and ice are an everyday hazard.

Smaller, lighter and cheaper than it’s bigger brother it seems buyers choose it for its go-anywhere, do-anything attitude.

Like the V70, it’s based on the S80 saloon and is safer than before, offering greater comfort and extra capability both on and off-road than before.

Of course it’s not a new idea. The firm launched the first generation car in 1997 as an alternative to a full-size SUV. Designed for customers who required the extra capability of all-wheel drive and increased ground clearance for tackling rough terrain, it quickly proved popular here, especially with those who tow.

From the front it’s easy to see that the XC70 shares much with the S80, but the beefed up bumpers, raised ride height and accentuated foglights give it a unique look. Black cladding on the wheelarches and lower doors along with underbody protectors front and back add to the effect.

Importantly it’s unmistakably a Volvo and the same can be said of the interior. There’s a genuine sense of style thanks to the neat design, which is dominated by the floating centre console that flows seamlessly into the central cubby.

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Real MPG average for a Volvo XC70 (2007 – 2016)


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Average performance


Real MPG

26–51 mpg

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Can you recommend a comfortable Estate?
"I'm looking at an Audi A6, Volvo V60, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Skoda Superb to replace my 2015 Volvo XC70. I require 4x4 and it must have very comfortable front seats with good lumbar support. Is there another estate that I have missed? I have about £25,000 plus the trade in for the Volvo. Doesn't need to be new. What would you recommend?"
Your shortlist is pretty strong. A Volvo V90 could be a good option, particularly if you like your XC70. Perhaps even go for a V90 Cross Country for the ultimate in comfort. Or a Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain...
Answered by Andrew Brady
Which tyres should I fix to my Volvo XC70?
"I need to change the tyres on my Volvo XC70 and would like your recommendations on the best tyres to fit. My mileage is around 10,000."
Michelin Cross Climates. Softer, more comfortable, quieter, as well as good in snow and okay to leave on all year round.
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Our car has hidden accident history - what are our rights?
"We recently bought a 2013 Volvo XC70 D4 for £24,580 from a main dealer. After collecting the car we found a faulty fuel gauge and the car went to our local Volvo dealer for a warranty repair. However, we've now been told that the car has significant damage from a previous accident. Subsequent investigation has found the car was previously owned by a salvage company - we suspect it was a unrecorded damage and repair. The dealer has not have a similar car to exchange and they are also refusing to give us our old car back and refund our money. What are our rights? "
These are your rights: If the garage that sold you the car bought it from a salvage company then they must have known it was damaged and under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 1998 this could be interpreted as a criminal offence. I strongly suggest you see a solicitor.
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Replacing a Volvo XC70 - what should we buy?
"The time has come for us to change our Volvo XC70 diesel, which has not been as reliable as past Volvos. We would be looking at a two or three year old vehicle and it will be caged out to carry up to four dogs and occasionally tow a caravan. The XC60 looks promising and has good reviews. Do you have any other suggestions please? We have had both manual and automatics in the past, any preferences with your suggested car?"
You will get the same reliability from an XC60 as from an XC70 or XC90. I reckon the best is a KIA Sorento 2.2 KX2 nav manual.
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