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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

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 24 - 37 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.

More expensive at the pumps than the V70 as the aerodynamics are poorer and the all-wheel drive system means it consumes more fuel. Other costs are comparable. The XC70 cost a fraction more than similarly specified V70, but it has slightly better residual values too so cost shouldn't be an influencing issue when deciding between the two.

XC70 is quite a polluting model. With an average of 229 g/km CO2 across the range, its emissions are a little high for a small 4x4. 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 32 mpg.

Generally rugged and durable, but electrical problems are certainly not unknown and reports of bits of trim coming adrift are heard from time to time too.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £270 - £580
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Insurance group 32 - 40
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