Volvo V70 | Auto Express

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Nothing wears a badge quite like a big The new V70 is a relaxed and refined cruiser a classy image and some touches. A built-in booster will answer the prayers of parents, but a bigger boot give the Swedish model the capacity it needs to topple the practical rivals.

Family come in all shapes and sizes days – regardless of end of the market buyers look at, are spoiled for choice.

With off-roaders, people and crossover models all available, easy to forget Volvo’s solution to versatile motoring the estate. However, all that change with the company’s V70.

Auto Express was to an exclusive early drive to see how the new compares to the competition, as pre-production went head-to-head with the A6 Avant and BMW 5-Series Touring.

The V70’s looks are predictably From the front, it’s to distinguish the estate from the S80 on which it’s based. at the rear has Volvo faced the of merging a practical shape attractive styling. The result is far elegant, but it brings the V70 up-to-date.

have split the rear between fixed positions and mountings, giving a look to the C30 hatch.

Inside, the S80 styling touches are The dashboard is lifted from the which makes for a classy, cabin. Head and legroom are for all passengers, and the rear seats 40/20/40.

Buyers even the option of an integrated child seat with two height

Lifting the tailgate gives to a 540-litre luggage area. falls short of the 565-litre A6 and well behind the 690-litre E-Class. Designers have the best of the space by fitting rails and dividers, but the V70 isn’t the practical estate in its class.

While the prototypes driven at Swedish test track yet to undergo final chassis they retained the firm’s relaxing dynamics.

With a smooth 3.2-litre engine under the bonnet, the V70 is a long-distance cruiser, with the transmission swapping ratios

Only when the road twisty does the big Volvo to show similar drawbacks to the The V70 turns impressively into but it simply doesn’t display the nimble handling as the 5-Series and A6. bends see the estate lumbering but Volvo claims improvements be made to the suspension before the model appears in September.

Prices are yet to be announced, but buyers can to pay around £1,500 more the equivalent S80. As a result, variants will start at Those who want more will also get the option of a new T6 powerplant.

Volvo’s big estate is but we’re not sure it has evolved at the rate as the competition.

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