Volvo S70

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Contents - Richard Gunn

ENGINE 2435cc/5-cyl/DOHC POWER 168bhp@6100rpm TORQUE 162lb ft@4700rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 130mph 0-60MPH 8.6sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 24-32mpg TRANS­MIS­SION FWD, five-speed manual MoT June 2018 ODOMETER 110,040 miles


This Volvo’s re­cently ser­viced five-cylin­der engine runs smoothly and qui­etly, and with 168bhp on of­fer, it’s no slouch. The power-as­sisted steer­ing is sharp and nicely weighted, and none of the gears are dif­fi­cult to find or en­gage. We did no­tice some mi­nor vi­bra­tion from the front wheels at speed, which we’d at­tribute to tyre im­bal­ance. There’s a small drum­ming from the rear when brak­ing hard – there are rough marks on both rear discs from pre­vi­ous seized calipers – but this should grad­u­ally wear away with use.


This bulky, bright red chunk of Scan­dana­vian steel stands out. There’s no fad­ing to pink and no rust. How­ever, it’s not per­fect; there are stonechips on the bon­net, some of which have been touched up, and both bumpers have scratches plus a few ar­eas of rough paint. There are also scratches on the off­side front whee­larch. Some light modding has tried to make the car ap­pear sportier, such as yel­low Pranc­ing Moose side badges and black boot let­ter­ing, plus a black grille, which has some small sil­ver ar­eas start­ing to show through. There’s some light cor­ro­sion on the al­loy wheels, with some kerb­ing on the off­side front rim.


The dark grey velour in­te­rior is tidy enough, al­though de­tail­ing would be worth­while – es­pe­cially to some of the grimy fin­ger con­trols. One is­sue is that the driver’s seat squab has split along its rear edge, ex­pos­ing the foam un­der­neath. Al­though not a top-of-the-range car, this S70 is well-equipped, in­clud­ing air con­di­tion­ing, which func­tions prop­erly, as do all other con­trols and in­stru­ments. There are no dash warn­ings and the dig­i­tal clock shows the proper time. The pe­riod-cor­rect Volvo SC-805 com­bined CD/ra­dio/ cas­sette unit is work­ing, but the rear elec­tric aerial seems to be stuck in the down po­si­tion (the mo­tor is audi­ble, but doesn’t raise the mast) re­sult­ing in poor ra­dio re­cep­tion.


All flu­ids are healthy and at the re­quired lev­els. There are no prob­lems with any of the pipework and no hint of a leak of any kind. The engine starts first time and idles per­fectly. Un­der­neath, which we could check prop­erly dur­ing ser­vic­ing, this Volvo is free from cor­ro­sion or da­m­age. The ser­vice record shows con­sci­en­tious and reg­u­lar care, with a cam­belt change at 92,533 miles.


As a mild facelift of the 850, this S70 rep­re­sents the fi­nale of the old school, square-cut Volvos, al­beit with front-wheel drive. After 20 years and 110,000 miles, it still feels full of life and is in gen­er­ally fine or­der through­out. It’s a cheap, mod­ern clas­sic with a fresh MoT and ser­vice that, be­ing only built for four years, also has rar­ity value.

Good over­all Marks on body Needs a valet Split in driver’s seat squab Drives well, feels strong, needs use

Five cylin­ders, smooth and still go­ing strong.

Sen­si­bly Scan­dana­vian in here, but it all be­haves it­self.

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