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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

There are two engines to choose from, both five-cylinder units, one a 2.4-litre diesel and one a 2.5-litre turbocharged petrol unit. Both can be specified with either a six-speed manual, or a five-speed automatic gearbox. In the UK the diesel is by far the most popular choice and makes the most sense given the sort of life it is likely to lead. Both units generate ample performance on the road or would cope well with towing duties.

Not one for the driving enthusiasts though.

The ability to comfortably traverse fields and dirt tracks gives the XC70 added value, but it comes at the cost of its on-road driving experience. The steering in particular is vague and unresponsive. On the motorway keeping it well placed within the lane takes some concentration. The ride is acceptably comfortable, although nothing to really impress and it also rolls about a fair bit too.

A sophisticated suspension set up called ‘Four-C’ (standing for Continuously Controlled Chassis Concept) is optional and improves its on-road focus where fitted and set to sport mode.