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Recipe for one Volvo XC70: take a V70 estate, increase the ride height, add chunkier bumpers and plastic cladding, and garnish with four-wheel drive (on some models, at least – not all of them). The perfect 4x4 for those who aren’t keen on big, ostentatious off-roaders.
60sec road test
The XC70 does its job well enough. It’s a practical estate car with a better chance of getting you to journey’s end when roads get slushy or you need to attempt the occasional muddy field. It’s also very much at home lugging trailers and caravans. Naturally, front-drive versions are lighter and better on fuel but be aware, we found an alarming amount of torque steer when we drove one a while ago. We’d suggest it’s worth spending the extra on a four-wheel-drive model with an auto ’box.
The one we’d buy
D4 SE Lux AWD
The one we’d avoid like the plague
Rivals to consider
Audi A6 Allroad, BMW X3, Seat Leon X-Perience, Subaru Outback
Smooth ride, reasonable off-road ability, quality interior (if now a little dated), viable alternative to a high-riding SUV
Numb steering, some front-drive versions afflicted by torque steer