Depreciation is the largest running cost when buying a new car, but this Volvo performs well, with some versions retaining about half their original cost after three years. Diesels offer the best route to lowest running costs for high-mileage drivers, especially the 2.0-litre model which averages 48mpg.
The V70 is quite a poor performer in terms of CO2 output, although it's no worse than other cars of this size. Average emissions are 214g/km, but there are several diesel options for those seeking the cleaner choice. The more powerful D5 diesel posts the same emissions and fuel consumption as the 2.4D, although D5 AWD models produce more CO2 thanks to the extra weight and drag of four-wheel-drive.
The 2.0D is the cleanest, emitting 157g/km.
Volvo cars aren't immune from problems but they tend to perform well overall and Volvo owners tend to keep their vehicles for much longer with few complaints. There have been quite a few recalls since it was launched including potential problems with the engine ECU and the fuel pump.
Estimated fuel cost per year
|Fuel type||Pence per litre||Estimated cost per year *|
|Unleaded||128p||£1,419 - £2,425 *|
|Diesel||131p||£876 - £1,752 *|
* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.
Highest and lowest CO2 emissions
|Engine||CO2 emissions||Road tax (12 months)|
|2.0 D3 (150bhp) Diesel||108 g/km (Min)||£20|
|3.0 T6 Petrol||270 g/km (Max)||£570|
Ongoing running costs
|Road tax (12 months)||
£20 - £570
See tax rates for all versions
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How much is it to insure?
Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.