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Volvo XC70 (07-16) - rated 4 out of 5

The Swedish company has always been a bit of a front runner when it comes to estates and the off-road Volvo XC70 is no exception to that. 

Sold over here initially between 2000 and 2007, the permanently four-wheel drive XC70 had fewer engines and trim options, but offered an elevated ride height and plenty of rugged visual cues. 

You got black bumpers, as well as nose and wheel arches, which didn’t exactly transform it into a Land Rover Defender but did a good job of making it look hardy. 

An extended ride height made easy work of muddy tracks but again, it wasn’t really designed for extreme off roading. This had a negative effect on the on road handling but no impact on the car’s practicality.