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With this generation launched back in 2007, the Volvo V70 feels a little off the pace these days - but it remains a big estate in the company’s finest tradition. Mind you, the boot’s not quite as enormous as you might think. You’ll still fit plenty of flat-pack furniture in there though. A mild facelift in 2013 brought daytime-running lights and an updated infotainment system. There’s also a high-riding, quasi-off-roader version called the XC70, covered in a separate review.
60sec road test
The V70’s an admirably no-nonsense kind of car. Comfy, refined and resolutely unexciting it’s about as relaxing as driving gets. There’s plenty of space for even the loftiest of passengers front and rear inside the simple but elegant interior while all models bar the Business Edition get an electrically opening tailgate. Be aware the Geartronic automatic transmission isn’t the best ’box out there - it’s too easily wrong-footed and takes its time to change down. The stop/start system on certain models is a bit over-keen, too. Overall though, this Volvo’s boxy and it’s good. All’s well with the world...
The one we’d buy
The one we’d avoid like the plague
The stingily trimmed Business Edition – unless you’re a company car buyer
Rivals to consider
Audi A6 Avant, BMW 5-series Touring, Mercedes E-Class Estate
Seriously comfortable, doesn’t try to be something it’s not
Feels dated these days, some rivals have slightly larger load areas