The basic profile of the Volvo V70 is immediately familiar. It has the same long nose, swept A-pillars and near-vertical rear end as the previous V70 – and it’s a shape that has always suited the car well.
Volvo’s real achievement is in the way it has updated the car’s styling without over-egging the pudding. The more muscular shoulders, more pronounced grille and more shapely rear lights succeed in making the car more interesting, but that’s if you care to look – the new V70 doesn’t visually shout for your attention the way that a BMW 5 Series does. To do so would be very un-Volvo indeed.
Although similar in concept and execution to the old V70, the fundamentals of this version are very different, because it’s based on Ford’s EU-CD building block (the Mondeo, S-Max and S80 are from the same root) rather than the old P2X platform.
So apart from powertrains, there’s little component carryover from the old car, although the transverse, front-drive layout remains, as do MacPherson struts and multi-link rear suspension. Traction control and stability control are standard. The new body is stiffer than before, benefiting from four grades of high-strength steel to improve its crash behaviour, and side impact protection has been upgraded.