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.

Insurance Groups are between 21–41
On average it achieves 82% of the official MPG figure

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.

Volvo V70 and XC70 2007 Road Test

Real MPG average for a Volvo V70 (2007 – 2016)


Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance


Real MPG

21–65 mpg

MPGs submitted


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Are imported cars worth buying?
"I want to buy a used Volvo V70. There are a number for sale with lowish miles that look good but most seem to be imported from Japan. Are Volvos, originally exported to Japan, made to the same standard as those originally exported to the UK?"
Yes, they're made to the same standard and are likely to be in better condition than UK cars as they won't have been subjected to salty UK roads. There are downsides to buying an imported car, though – it might not have the same history as a UK car, and it could cost more to insure. You might find that it's more difficult to sell in the future, too.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Does a Volvo V70 make a sensible used buy?
"I'm after a £1000 car for family and dog with space and that's cheap to repair. Where do you sit on a Volvo V50 or V70 for this sort of cash? "
I once bought a cheap S60 (saloon version of the V70) and it was a lovely car, but you have to be prepared to scrap it and move on if anything goes wrong at this kind of budget. If you go down the V70 route, look for a manual as the automatic gearboxes are renowned for issues. A V50 would be rough at this price - most are diesels, too, which would make me nervous.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What's the best used estate for £4000?
"My commute is a 100-mile round trip per day (four days a week) and I am looking for a utopian estate car or similar that is reliable, economical, costs under £4000 to buy and can tow a trailer for runs to the dump (large trailer) at the weekend as well as seating three children and two adults for longer runs. If on top of all that it could be a reliable automatic diesel then great but will accept a manual! The last part of my commute is in stop-start traffic in London so the auto would be great but I can't find any that don't seem to break at 100k miles which is probably where my £4k brings me in. I am genuinely not that bothered by type of car/luxuries on board, etc; it just needs to keep going and do the job reasonably well!"
As you're probably finding, that's quite a big wish list for £4000. Any car that you look at for this price is likely to have high miles and could produce some big bills - especially with a diesel engine and automatic gearbox. A Skoda Octavia might be a good choice - they're popular with taxi drivers for a reason, but they're not without their issues. I think I'd be hunting out a Volvo V70. They have lots of space and, again, they're not without problems - but we've not had too many reports of faults. Alternatively, a Honda Accord or Toyota Avensis would be a good option, but finding a good one might be difficult.
Answered by Andrew Brady
I had to have a new engine fitted after 95k miles - but the new engine is noisy. Should the dealership sort this out?
"I had to have a new engine in my Volvo V70 D3 after 95000 miles. I was not too happy about it and expressed this to the dealership (who sold me the car with 5000 miles on it and have serviced it ever since). Volvo and the dealership combined to contribute 50% of the cost of the new engine leaving £4600 to pay. The new engine had a loud knocking sound coming from it and I returned to the dealership who said the noise I heard came from the break disc backing plate, which they have straightened out. Needless to say the noise remained and is getting worse with use. I have lost confidence in the dealership as I am concerned they don't take my complaint seriously. I am concerned that the problem is "piston slap" or "big end bearings" but also that the dealership may turn round and say that I now need new injectors. Am I being unreasonable to expect the dealership to sort the problem for no further charge? The engine bill was on top of a £ 1300.00 service bill earlier in the year."
We recorded that you wrote before on when the engine failed due to a cracked block. I think, after having forked out a total of £5900 on the car you have the right to give the dealer an ultimatum to fix it properly or you will go elsewhere, get it fixed properly, and use Small Claims to sue the dealer for the cost. You have already paid more than is "reasonable" to have a 4-year old car fixed properly, even though it has covered 95,000 miles. Had it been a Hyundai or a Kia the repairs would have been under warranty.
Answered by Honest John
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