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
WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?
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.
HOW’S THE INTERIOR?
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.
UNDER THE BONNET
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.
THE CCW VIEW
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.