Review: Volvo XC70 (2007 – 2016)


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.

Volvo XC70 (2007 – 2016): At A Glance

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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Volvo XC70 (2007 – 2016): What's It Like Inside?

Length 4823–4838 mm
Width 1861–2119 mm
Height 1547–1604 mm
Wheelbase 2815–2816 mm

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Quality inside the XC70 is good an all the controls are all well placed and easy to navigate, particularly the funky chrome ventilation buttons that glow green at night. Overall the minimalist design is much easier on the eye than many other cars of this size.

There are a few bugbears though. The electric handbrake is hidden away by the drivers’ right knee and the key slot is mounted above the air vents, so anything attached knocks against the metal trim.

The driving position is a little high too, while the seats, although supple and comfortable, don’t offer the enough support, so it feels as though you are sitting on them rather than in them.

The soft leather is good for rear passengers though and makes the Volvo more cosseting on long journeys, however there’s less legroom than other estate cars this size.

The boot’s overall capacity is also smaller than you'd expect from a Volvo but the XC70 does benefit from a lower bumper lip and longer loadspace – plus the rear seats fold completely flat.

Versatility is the key to these cars and the Volvo excels when it comes to offering different options for load lugging. There are aluminium rails with moveable anchorage points while a £100 optional load protection net and this £173 steel dog guard are also available.

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What's the Volvo XC70 (2007 – 2016) like to drive?

Owners of the previous generation XC70 will be impressed by the increase in space and also by the driving dynamics. The new model has a stiffer chassis and improved handling and the soft suspension means the ride is very comfortable – it deals with uneven surfaces better than the standard V70.

However it never feels quite as composed as you'd expect and over bumps it feels somewhat unsettled. It turns in well thanks to the all wheel drive set-up, but you’re more aware of the increased ride height than in something like an Audi A6 allroad and with non-adjustable suspension the ride can’t be lowered.

The steering also lacks feel and suffers a little from kickback when cornering on rough surfaces so it never feels as surefooted as it should.

If you do venture onto rougher terrain the Volvo is a good choice though. With 210mm of ground clearance it instils plenty of confidence when tackling rock strewn-tracks and rutted paths. It’s also fitted with Hill Descent Control.

The system, which is borrowed from Land Rover, controls the car’s speed on inclines at 6mph. It also works in reverse and is available on both manual and automatic versions.

The D5 five-cylinder engine is the pick of the range. It has good mid-range punch, although does lack urgency at low revs and can sound a little lumpy under load. The six-speed automatic gearbox isn’t quite as slick either and needs more provocation in order to kickdown.

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
1.6D DRIVe 63 mpg 12.8 s 119 g/km
2.4D DRIVe 47 mpg 9.6 s 159 g/km
D3 DRIVe Start/Stop 51 mpg 10.2 s 144 g/km
D3 Geartronic Start/Stop 42–44 mpg 10.2 s 169–179 g/km
D3 Start/Stop 50 mpg 10.2 s 149 g/km
D4 53–64 mpg 8.3–10.4 s 115–139 g/km
D4 AWD 54 mpg 9.2 s 137 g/km
D4 AWD Geartronic 49 mpg 9.0–9.5 s 153 g/km
D4 Geartronic 44–59 mpg 8.3–10.8 s 127–169 g/km
D5 38–40 mpg 8.4–9.3 s 186–199 g/km
D5 AWD 53 mpg 8.0 s 139 g/km
D5 AWD Geartronic 44–49 mpg 7.8–8.3 s 130–169 g/km
D5 Geartronic Start/Stop 42–44 mpg 8.3 s 169–179 g/km
D5 Start/Stop 50–53 mpg 8.0 s 139–149 g/km
T6 4WD Geartronic 27 mpg 6.9 s 248 g/km
T6 Geartronic 27 mpg 6.9–7.4 s 248 g/km

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

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Average performance


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26–51 mpg

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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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