The Volvo V70 used to offer one of, if not the, best ownership propositions in its class. That was until the Skoda Superb estate came along, offering the same space for much less buck.

In its entry-level form, the 177bhp T4 in ES trim is yours for around £28,000. The entry-level Skoda Superb S costs around £10,000 less. Okay, its 123bhp 1.4 TSI engine is hardly comparable on performance, but it gives you an idea of just how much Skoda you can get for you money.

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Fold-down, roof-mounted dog guard/bulkhead grille is standard

Standard on all V70s are an excellent eight-speaker stereo, rain-sensing wipers, six airbags, a steel load protection grille, a lockable load floor, climate control, cruise control, a trip computer, a powered driver’s seat and a forward-folding passenger seat.

High-spec SE Lux models also get leather trim, wood and extra chrome decor, a power tailgate, rear parking sensors, an electric front passenger seat and bi-xenon lights. But a passenger airbag switch really ought to be standard on a Volvo, as should an electric tailgate. The 4C active suspension option, incidentally, is not worth the bother.

Useful options include Volvo’s excellent blind-spot warning system and the family pack, which gets you the child booster seats, a rear armrest with cupholders and storage, and audio controls in the rear. The navigation system, although good, is painfully steep.

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The decent fuel economy is good news, as is its low benefit-in-kind exposure and a promising depreciation performance – all of which should make it relatively economic to run for its type.

That’s particularly relevant for the DRIVe model, which boasts an impressive 62.8mpg and CO2 emissions that dip below the crucial 120g/km threshold. But even without opting for the dedicated eco-special, all V70s are competitive in terms of efficiency. The D3 diesel returns an official fuel consumption figure of 57.7mpg and emits 129g/km.

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