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Volvo V70 (07-16) - rated 4 out of 5

If there is one car that typifies the Swedish company’s appeal to family car buyers then it must be the Volvo V70.

Since it was original launched back in 1996 the Volvo V70 built on the company’s tradition of building practical, roomy and safe family estates.

While back in its early days the V70 faced fewer rivals, today, with its third generation model, the Volvo faces much tougher competition from the likes of the Audi A6 Avant, BMW 5 Series Touring and Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate. What’s more the rise in popularity of people carriers and 4x4s as family wheels such as the Land Rover Discovery and even the Swedish company’s own Volvo XC90.

The latest generation Volvo V70 provides a very comfortable way to travel, is well built and has impressive levels of luggage space. It also offers a host of proactive and passive safety systems to protect not only those in the car but also pedestrians.