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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.

Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 24 - 44 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.

Depreciating slower than many of its rivals, the V70 is pricey initially, but worth it in the long run. It is the closest alternative to the E-Class or 5-Series in terms of quality, driveability, desirability and longevity, but will have less of an impact on your bank balance. Regular Volvo servicing is vital for the warranty, though this will invariably increase the life span of the vehicle.

Finally, fuel consumption is on the high side, while the V70 is moderate to insure.

There are few worries on this score, as the V70 should run to very high mileages if it is properly maintained and not abused or neglected. The interior finish is also quite brittle, so it may feel the wear-and-tear of family life quite badly and it seems to chew through tyres at quite a rate, but everything under the bonnet should be fairly dependable.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £295 - £360
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Insurance group 23 - 40
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