What is it?
It’s the latest iteration of the staple Volvo – the big estate car. It carries the same name, silhouette and much the same style as the outgoing car, but engines-apart it is all-new.
This V70 is also bigger, to the benefit of its crash performance, passenger space and luggage room, if not the ease of berthing it, though an optional parking camera, and a squared off rear, help here.
Key aims with this remake have been to build in a more luxurious aura through classier detail design, improving front seat comfort and providing more convenience through items such as a powered tailgate, a sliding load floor, a neat pair of built-in two-stage child booster seats and intelligent rear light clusters. These last automatically switch the location of the brake lights from the section of cluster that lifts with tailgate, to the area mounted within the rear wings, so that there are brake lights visible even if the rear door has been left open to accommodate a long load.
New safety systems include a radar controlled collision mitigation system to avoid you impacting with objects up front, second generation WHIPS (whiplash protections system) and a stronger side structure.
Engine-wise the car is much as before, although you can now order six cylinder petrol motors as well as the familiar five and four cylinders petrols and diesels. We’ve already tried the new T6; this is the popular 183bhp D5, which has been carried over largely unchanged from the outgoing V70, although it has recently been upgraded.