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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

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 20 - 43 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.

T5 and V70R models are thirsty, but others aren't so bad, particularly the D5 which returns the same levels of economy as the less powerful 2.4D, but is capable of much stronger performance. A V70 won't hold it's value as well as it once did, but it's still better than non-executive rivals.

V70 is quite a polluting model. With an average of 218 g/km CO2 across the range, its emissions are a touch high for an executive estate. However, it's worth noting that the line up has a high number of diesel models, bringing the average down and giving buyers more choices of low-emission versions. Diesels typically produce less CO2 than petrol engines with similar power outputs.

The range is not very frugal, averaging 31 mpg.

A rugged work horse with solid materials that wear well. There are plenty of electronic goodies and consequently occasional problems are reported, but nothing major to worry about.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £230 - £580
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Insurance group 27 - 43
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