Car Reviews: Volvo V70 T5 – The AA

1 Aug 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Car Reviews: Volvo V70 T5 – The AA

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Styling fresh with smooth, lines Versatile central offers stowage space and cup Stereo is almost unsurpassed in of quality and usability General of reliability and robust build


Dashboard mounted lack style Sport and settings on the Four-C chassis are and uncouth Wood trim on some models looks out of Non-EURO IV compliant diesel will increase cost for users

The Volvo estate has a part of our lives for more 35 years. Modern day incarnations of the big Swede are more refined and than ever before, the latest V70 even verging on looking. However, with the of BMW and Mercedes offering similarly workhorses, the Volvo can’t on its laurels.

It seems strange something as Scandinavian as the Volvo should become so indelibly on traditional buyers’ psyche. The image of the Barbour jacket-wearing, horsy-type and their mud-festooned is as much a part of life else these days.

With the likes of the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class Estate for the attentions of the premium estate the Volvo V70 won’t be able to on good feeling or familiarity to up the sales. It will have to itself against this stiff competition.

As you would from the manufacturer that is on saving us from ourselves, the V70 crammed full of safety The newest device on offer is the Spot Information System This is a system designed to the driver to other cars and in his or her blind spot.

It is certainly a point for the safety conscious but it is far from infallible and there are a of instances in which it will not

A second-generation version of the Four-C chassis system is available as an on the V70, which allows the to choose between ‘Sport’ and settings. But will all these and buzzers distract people’s away from the bright and world of the premium German or is Volvo fighting a losing

Our verdict on the Volvo V70 T5

Volvo’s V70 is an estate with plenty of new safety innovations, but the Four-C lacks any real bite and won’t help it tempt away from the Audis, and Mercedes’ of this world. The T5 continues to impress but is expensive and


Prices for entry-level are reasonable give the space and of the car, but the 2.0-litre T engine isn’t the most engaging to Insurance groupings of between 13E and 16E reasonable premiums for the over The lack of a EURO IV diesel will hit company car drivers, but on the D5’s combined cycle soften the blow.

Residual of Volvos continue to improve as the moves upmarket, so expect to get a price for the car when it’s to move on.

Space and practicality

With 745 litres of stowage available with the rear up and 1641 litres with folded, the V70 provides lots of for luggage. There is plenty of for the legs and heads of front However, taller passengers to the back will suffer a lack of legroom.

The nifty console/armrest provides stowage for a few CDs or cups and there are several pockets and cubbyholes dotted the cabin.

Controls and display

Car security

Car safety

Safety: middle name. There are airbags fitted as standard on all V70 In fact, everything (with the of the Blind Spot Information in the Swedish firm’s safety is available at no extra cost.

WHIPS, ABS, DSTC, IC, you name it. BLIS is definitely a idea, but there are too many where it doesn’t work. For if a car in your blind spot is a fraction less than you it go off; the system will similarly inactive if you are travelling faster than a nearby

Bizarrely, bicycle and moped are ignored but lampposts are not.


Being a large the Volvo hasn’t been with racing around country roads in mind. said, all V70 models, including the two variants, manage the sprint to in under 12 seconds and top speeds between 124mph and 155mph. The (Continually Controlled Chassis chassis with its Sport/Comfort is designed to give buyers the that they can choose a sporty ride or a comfortable

This isn’t the case as the choice is really between or incredibly harsh. Even the T5 in Sport mode pitches and around tight bends, can be disconcerting given its straight performance capabilities.

Family car

First car appeal

Quality and

Volvo enjoys an image of build quality and impeccable credentials and the V70 does little to or detract from this. The is sufficiently well trimmed to the V70 compete with the traditionally luxuriant BMW 5 Series Touring and E-Class Estate. If anything spoil the party it’s the basic-looking centre console, could be more attractive if not functional.

From the outside the estate has a and reliable look to it, which is up by the reassuringly solid thud when closing the boot or


Front passengers are to plenty of head and legroom and access thanks to the wide openings. The driver’s seat electronically and most people be able to find a position suits them (an electronic seat is a cost option). wheel adjustability is also moving as it does to suit and reach.

Gaining access to the seats isn’t as easy as one expect, though, with a sill and relatively narrow likely to hinder elderly or passengers. Once inside, all but the tallest of people will it spacious and comfortable.

Stereo and ICE (In car

It isn’t often that a stereo system is truly but the optional high performance pack with six-disc four, 75-watt amplifiers and 11 is truly awesome. There is or no distortion at high volume and eardrums will give out before the speakers do. Steering controls are intuitive and neatly out.

Those on the fascia are functional, but they do look they have been by a child and lack any real

T5 models are particularly rapid

and trim

Silver and dark look particularly good the Volvo’s nicely defined Buyers have the choice of aluminium or wood trim for the interior of their V70, also features cloth-covered and sun visors. ‘Sovereign Hide’ is available as an option on all models; Sport trimmed cars ‘Vestborg’ leather and ‘Silverweft’

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