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Fuel type Diesel
Engine size 2400
Engine size 2.4
The designers behind Volvo's XC70 were the first to realise that a large all-wheel drive estate car with a modicum of off-road ability and SUV styling cues could tempt buyers who couldn't quite stomach the thought of a fully-fledged 4x4. In this much-improved post-2013 second generation guise, it offers an efficient 'Drive-E' D4 diesel engine for owners happy to stick with 2WD. And across the range, offers either a stepping stone or an alternative to SUV ownership for the used car buyer.
In the 2013 to 2016 period, Volvo sold five standard V70 models for every XC70 it sold in Europe, a ratio which was exactly reversed in the States, where the XC70 was five times more popular. Who had it right? On paper, you can't help wondering whether an XC is really worth its slight premium, but on the road, it's a car that might well grow on you. Potential owners who'd rather not parade around in an SUV that might draw all the wrong sort of attention see this Volvo's image as being lower profile but at the same time, in many ways harder hitting. It's an appealing balance.
All right, so these are hardly unique virtues in an all-wheel drive estate but you have to point out that many of this car's most obvious rivals are either smaller or considerably more expensive. They also cost more to run if your comparison is with the 2WD D4 'Drive-E' diesel model we'd suggest you consider. This engine is extremely impressive - which makes it all the more frustrating that you can't have it mated to AWD.
In the final analysis, this XC70 is everything you'd expect a go-anywhere Volvo estate to be. Not especially dynamic to drive but rugged, practical, beautifully engineered and supremely reliable. It's very.. Scandinavian.
Borrowing £7,500 on a Hire Purchase agreement over 48 months, a representative APR of 18.5% and a deposit of £0.00,
the amount repayable would be £216.89 a month, with a total cost of credit of £2,910.72 and a total amount
payable of £10,410.72.
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