Volvo 2013 XC70

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In their own words

This is the best and most practical car I have ever owned. Plus points: * Safety equipment is exceptional. I have City Safety with collision avoidance, it has saved me my insurance bonus once and saved someone else theirs once as well. * It is quiet and very comfortable on long journeys. * It pulls like a train, and the AWD makes trailer towing a breeze. * Legendary Volvo 5-pot diesel with 215bhp. * Infotainment is very good, including on-board WiFi hotspot and iPod connection * Satnav mpas can be updated via USB, no more paying for DVDs like in the old days. * Highly automated: adaptive cruise, rain sensing wipers, automatic dipping lights and so on. * Classy interior with loads of space. * Excellent service from Waylands Volvo in Reading Minus points: * The AWD makes it rather thirsty (average 34mpg over all journeys from new, but I do drive briskly and I have a fuel card so haven't really tried to improve it). * Blond leather upholstery is a bugger to maintain. * A niggle with the tailgate control module took a while to fix. * Engine is a bit rumbly round town - in fact this is not a town car, though the traffic following in adaptive cruise softens the blow. This is my eighth Volvo, and the first I bought new - I paid nearly 10k less than list and it is astounding value. I routinely drive long journeys (500 miles plus in a day) and I also tow a trailer quite often. It has taken my son to university and to Sandhurst with all the usual clutter, moved the staging and lights for a choir of 50, towed a trailer with a 1 tonne bag of aggregate many times, and been a faithful servant in every way.
  • How they rated it

  • Reliability: 4 out of 5 4.0
  • Meets Expectations: 5 out of 5 5.0
  • Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 5.0
  • Guy Chapman recommends this car

About their car

  • Fuel type Diesel
  • When purchased June 2014
  • Condition when bought New
  • Current Mileage 85,000 miles
  • Average MPG 34 mpg