Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

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 - 64 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.

The XC70 isn't cheap to buy new, but it is very well equipped. It will depreciate very slowly - expect diesel versions to be worth close to half of what it cost new after three years. For low Volvo XC70 running costs go for the DRIVe models with two-wheel drive are capable of a useful 47mpg, but only have front-wheel drive. Servicing won't be inexpensive at Volvo dealers, but it should go two years or 18,000 miles between visits to the dealer.

For those who suffer with a guilty conscience for choosing a car built for off-road work, Volvo offers a front wheel-drive version badged DRIVe, that offers much of the sure-footed on-road behaviour and the raised driving position of four-wheel drive versions. The benefit is Volvo XC70 emissions of 144g/km - remarkable for a car of this size boasting 163bhp.

Emissions for other versions are more in line with what you'd expect for an estate car-based all-road vehicle.

Volvos 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.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £30 - £580
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Insurance group 27 - 40
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