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I was wandering around a forecourt this morning when a new Volvo XC70 fluttered its eye lashes, leaned provocatively forward, and enticed me to take ownership

By Stephen Turvil
Oct 05, 2010
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I was wandering around a forecourt this morning when a new Volvo XC70 fluttered its eye lashes, leaned provocatively forward, and enticed me to take ownership. I was temped, but my long suffering wallet screamed 'for crying out loud have mercy, this vehicle can cost a fortune'. But perhaps the XC70 is more affordable than my wallet assumes.

A new Volvo XC70 could in fact be your flirtatious new pal from £27,690, which is relatively modest considering its capabilities. For this price motorists essentially get a V70 pumped-up with off-road credentials. It is distinguishable from its sibling as it is available with four-wheel-drive, has higher ground clearance, and features plastic body mouldings to protect the paint should it scuff against rocks.

These characteristics make the Volvo XC70 surprisingly capable off-road. Okay, it will struggle compared to a sports-utility vehicle such as the Land Rover Discovery, but its abilities make it a great choice for negotiating slippery country lanes and boggy fields. The downside is that the XC70 leans more on-road than the standard V70 and the steering can feel slightly disconnected. That said, the overall driving experience is more pleasurable than a highly charged hotel rendezvous.

This current generation Volvo XC70, which was introduced in 2007, is available with a variety of smooth engines. The 3.0-litre 299bhp model hits 60mph in 7.2 seconds but only manages 26mpg, so the comparatively frugal diesels are more popular. These include the 2.4-litre 202bhp variant that reaches 60mph in 8.1 seconds and returns an economically focused combined average of 40mpg. Can you hear my wallet rejoicing?

Further new Volvo XC70 qualities include its excellent build quality, vast storage space, beautifully appointed interiors, and impressive gadgetry such as the hill descent control system. The only potential issue facing new owners is stopping this free spirited machine eloping with the nearest Ford Transit.

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By Stephen Turvil
Oct 05, 2010