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Volvo V70/S70 (1996 - 2000)

Last updated 11 December 2018

Solidly built saloon and estate with tidy handling. T5s are real flyers, TDIs strong and economical. Owners rate them.
Front tyre wear can be heavy. Estates are practical but don't have the load capacity of previous big Volvo load-carriers.

Facelifted 850 with rounder front. T5s are seriously quick. T5 saloons or estates popular on many police fleets. Police drivers prefer this old-shape V70 to the post-2000 better looking V70. TDIs not...

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Launched in 1996 to replace the 850, the S70 and V70 were Volvo's take on the executive car. Both versions were esentially redesigned 850s but proved reasonably popular with owners. Volvo reckoned 1800 changes were made, but the most noticeable was the softer-edge styling.

The V70 estate was available in both front- and all-wheel drive versions. And a year later, Volvo spotted an emerging trend for chunky-looking family cars with an increased ride height and launched the V70 Cross Country (badged XC).

There was even a hot one to replace the 850R. The V70R boasted 240bhp from its 2.3-litre turbocharged engine. An up and coming classic with an enthusiastic fan base.

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Formed in 1962, the Volvo Owners' Club has 3000 members. It offers dedicated, expert advice to keep members' cars on the road and has helped preserve models that are still used daily. It also embraces modern Volvos and plays an important role in helping its solving the complex electronic issues modern cars can present. All Volvos are welcome, from traditional classics like the PV544 and Amazon, 1980s modern classics like the 700, and newer models like the S40, S60, V60 and XC60. The cost of joining the club is £35 (£30 membership and £5 joining fee) - but the joining fee will be waived for new members quoting HJ19.

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