An­other smart Swede

Rochdale Observer - - TIME-TRIP -

HAVE driven many dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties of the Volvo V70 es­tate over the years be­tween 2007 and 2016 and en­joyed them all.

It’s a clever car with huge lev­els of safety built-in – al­ways part of the Swedish com­pany’s tra­di­tion.

The 1.6 diesels are fairly slow but all the oth­ers have de­cent to ex­cel­lent per­for­mance and all have sur­pris­ingly good han­dling and road­hold­ing.

As well as the 1.6 diesel with about 115bhp, there are also smooth 2.0 and 2.4-litre units with power rang­ing from 136 to 215bhp.

Th­ese are the mod­els to go for be­cause of their good pulling power and also de­cent level of econ­omy.

This ranges from 44 to 62mpg in the Gov­ern­ment’s av­er­age, and for some­thing of this size, that is ex­cel­lent.

Petrol mod­els at dif­fer­ent times in­cluded a 1.6 turbo with 180bhp, a 2.5 with around 230, and a 3.0-litre with 280.

Per­for­mance is not usu­ally what most peo­ple buy th­ese big Volvos for of course. Rather, they are look­ing for the large size, ei­ther to carry the fam­ily around in com­fort, or to use for busi­ness.

They all come with huge fam­ily friend­li­ness through­out the cabin, even down to 40/20/40 split fold back seats and built-in booster seats in many.

Com­fort is ex­cel­lent ex­cept for an un­set­tled feel at low speeds in town,

The V70 was long one of the most de­sir­able premium es­tates and so re­sale val­ues have re­mained strong com­pared to oth­ers of a sim­i­lar size.

Th­ese are cars built to last a life­time with classy, durable ma­te­ri­als through­out the cabin, among the best seats on the mar­ket and an en­vi­able rep­u­ta­tion for re­li­a­bil­ity that of­ten ex­tends to well over 200,000 miles.

But make sure you get full ser­vice his­tory. No such orig­i­nally ex­pen­sive car should be bought with­out it.

The cabin is big with ex­cel­lent legroom front and rear and the enor­mous boot has lug­gage nets, hooks and straps to pre­vent your gro­ceries from be­ing thrown around.

In­sur­ance groups range up from 16 to 34 and 0 to 60 miles an hour times down from 12.8 sec­onds to 7.5.

En­try ES trim brings al­loys, re­mote au­dio con­trols, cloth seats, trac­tion con­trol, heated elec­tric mir­rors, loads of seat and col­umn ad­just­ment, cruise con­trol and an ex­cel­lent stereo. From the wide range of other mod­els, many have elec­tric leather seats, sat nav, park­ing sen­sors and more.

Pay about £8,600 for an ’11 11-reg ES D4 man­ual 2.0-litre diesel with 163bhp, or £15,800 for a ’15 15-reg SE D5 auto 2.4-litre with 215bhp.

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