Volvo V70 One Minute Test
04 November 2014
Volvo's efficiency push has seen impressive CO2 levels appearing across its range, and the 181hp D4 engine has now made its way into the V70 estate and its S80 saloon sibling.
The V70 is more efficient than similarly powered automatic versions of the Audi A6 and BMW 5-series, although only just, with the A6 in the same BIK band and the 520d Touring just one behind.
The Volvo's cost per mile figure gives it victory over its German rivals. Kit levels are good with satnav on all models, and this SE Lux adds electric drivers seat, xenon lights and power tailgate. The interior is also well designed and comfortable.
The V70 is far from the most youthful car in its class, and the driving experience, though comfortable, isn't up with the Germans.
The residual values are in line with Volvo's slightly sub-premium level versus its German rivals, and the V70 sits at lest five percentage points shy of BMW and Audi.
The big Volvo is still worth a look, helped by a decent cost per mile, but more premium brands lurk close by.