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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Getting comfortable behind the wheel shouldn’t be an issue as there’s lots of seat adjustment plus a steering wheel that adjusts for reach and rake. The blend of materials and Scandinavian design create a calming effect in most models, while the V70R has the option of more exciting coloured interior combinations. The controls are generally clearly laid out, but the optional sat-nav system (which features a screen that motors up from the top of the dash) is controlled by a hand-held remote control or buttons hidden out of sight on the back of the steering wheel.

You get used to operating it eventually, but it would be better if the driver could see the buttons rather than having to remember what each one does or have to stop and fish for the remote control unit.

It’s not as cavernous in the rear as you’d expect – tall passengers will find leg room to be cramped and the optional, rear-facing third row of seats is really only intended for children. However the V70 has some of the best seats available and it’s a refined environment to travel in. The ride is comfortable and the heating and air conditioning get up to temperature quickly, even from a cold start.

Vents in the pillars behind the front seats provide ventilation to passengers in the rear.