The Volvo V70 is among the best known family tourers. This car is long and offers a vast amount of space. The V70 was first introduced by Volvo in 1996 and it is currently in its third generation. The V70 is seen by many as a modern day take of the old 850. The current model has been on offer since 2007 and in that year it was made to match the S80 saloon. The V70 receives big competition from the BMW 5 Series Tourer and at the moment many people are considering the very spacious and more affordable Skoda Superb.
There is only one engine available to the Irish market and that is a 2.0 litre D4 engine that offers 181 bhp. This four-cylinder engine offers a maximum torque of 400Nm at between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm.
The V70 is a large vehicle and on account of that there is a fair bit of body lean as the vehicle takes corners. The steering can also feel vague and the car is not the easiest to turn in small areas. The V70 grips the road well though and it should leave drivers feeling confident.
The V70 is among the more-refined family estates. This car soaks up road and wind noise and is insulated very well. The engines are quiet too and there is no major interruptions that come through to the cabin.
The V70 is a very solidly built vehicle and the interior is extremely comfortable. The driver’s seat is like an armchair and it is adjustable to many various positions. The dashboard does not house what we’d describe as cheap plastics and the whole set-up is presented excellently – except for the infotainment system. The system is dated and is reminiscent of the Ford SYNC infotainment systems which are currently leaving the Ford range and being replaced by SYNC 2. The system is buried into the centre of the dash and it can be complicated to use too. The steering wheel feels great though and the instrument cluster is nicely presented too.
Volvo has long been known as a brand with a massive vision for safety and their plan for 2020 is that no death or major injury will occur in their cars by that year. Of course they’ve always been directed towards safety and in 1959 it was them that shared their three-point safety belt with other manufacturers for free for the greater good. The V70 scored a full five stars in the Euro NCAP in 2009. They scored 88% for adult safety, 84% for child occupancy, 71% for their safety assistance systems, and their lowest score was 43% for pedestrian safety. The vehicle comes jam-packed with airbags and other safety systems.
The Space on offer within the V70 is massive and Volvo has made sure that there are no head or leg room issues throughout. To the rear there is 880mm of leg room on offer while the front offers a massive 1064mm. This car would easily fit five adults. The boot is easy to get bags in and out of and the capacity of the area is 575 litres – which is less than the new Skoda Superb Combi – however, 575 litres is ample. This Volvo is versatile too and it has a maximum towing capacity of 1,800 kg.