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Dashboard, infotainment, sat-nav and passenger space

Volvo has made a real effort to improve both the practicality and luxury of the V70 cabin, although this has been a stiff challenge, given the excellence of the old car.

The new cabin looks far fresher. Its architecture is entirely new and features the same floating centre console theme trialled on the S40/V50 and reprised on the S80.

A smartphone app can communicate with the V70 to check the fuel levels, alarm status and location

Although it doesn’t quite convey the aura of precision and sophistication that Audi’s Audi A6 presents, this is nevertheless a convenient and attractive design that can be configured with a wide array of wood, aluminium, leather and high-gloss finishes to achieve quite different ambiences.

Just as impressive are some particularly comfortable front seats, which make this V70 a soothing place to be. Their sumptuousness helps enhance the quality aura, as does the texture of the upper dashboard and some splashes of aluminium.

More important for many will be the extra 60 litres of luggage capacity and myriad convenience features that can be had to ease the load-carrying task.

Standard across the range are a 40:20:40 split folding rear seat, aluminium cargo-fixing rails, a folding steel load protection grille hinged from the roof, a concealed tray below the boot floor that locks when the tailgate shuts, a forward-folding front passenger seat (for long loads) and rear seat headrests that dip automatically when the backrest is folded.

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There’s ample space up front (although the driver’s footwell is narrower) and back-benchers enjoy decent leg, head and knee room, as well as air vents in the B-pillars.