Used Volvo V70 Review (2007-2016) MK3

Independent review by Peter Hayward from Driving Force

4-minute read

Volvo V70 Exterior Front

Volvo V70 (2007-2016)

Volvo is known for making robust, quality cars with excellent practicality, and the V70 is a fine example of this

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  • Practical
  • Excellent levels of safety
  • Economical
  • Unsettled feel at low speeds
  • Not the most exciting to drive
  • Rivals are more stylish
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What's the Volvo V70 like?

Performance isn't usually what most people buy these big Volvo's for, of course. Rather, they're looking for the large size, either to carry the family around in comfort, or to use for business.

And the V70, built between 2007 and 2016, is a clever car with huge levels of safety built-in – always part of the Swedish company’s tradition.


The 1.6-litre diesels are fairly slow, but the others have decent to excellent performance, and all have surprisingly good handling and roadholding.

As well as the 1.6-litre diesel with about 115bhp, there are also smooth 2.0-litre and 2.4-litre units with power ranging from 136bhp to 215bhp.

These are the models to go for because of their good pulling power and also decent level of economy.

This ranges from 44mpg to 62mpg in the Government’s average, and for something of this size, that's excellent.

Petrol models at different times included a 1.6-litre turbo with 180bhp, a 2.5-litre with around 230bhp, and a 3.0-litre with 280bhp.


All V70 models come with huge family friendliness throughout the cabin, even down to 40/20/40 split fold back seats and built-in booster seats in many.
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Comfort is excellent, except for an unsettled feel at low speeds in town,

The V70 was long one of the most desirable premium estates, and so resale values have remained strong compared to others of a similar size.

These are cars built to last a lifetime with classy, durable materials throughout the cabin, among the best seats on the market and an enviable reputation for reliability that often extends to well over 200,000 miles.

The cabin is big with excellent legroom front and rear, and the enormous boot has luggage nets, hooks, and straps to prevent your groceries from being thrown around.


Entry ES trim brings alloy wheels, remote audio controls, cloth seats, traction control, heated electric mirrors, loads of seat and column adjustment, cruise control and an excellent stereo. From the wide range of other models, many have electric leather seats, sat nav, parking sensors, and more.

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The Volvo V70 is a popular choice in the executive car market, thanks to its unmatched levels of practicality and range of quality equipment. Not only is the V70 reliable for business users, it's a favourite amongst families too, providing a spacious interior with plenty of space for a family of five.