Long term report: Volvo XC70

I don't think I've ever been so excited about signing a yellow chit for a car.> The scrawl which I made on the cheap- feeling paper hardly resembled my name – but it didn't really matter. I wasn't bothered, least of all was the delivery driver.

AOL Cars' fleet now boasts a lovely, creamy, and simply wonderful Volvo XC70. Since I've been around, my dad has always had Volvo estates and the XC70 – basically a jacked-up, off-road-prepared V70 – is the ultimate version of the classic Volvo estate.

We Brits love the dependable wagon. It's the perfect middle-class symbol – it's upright and not showy, practical and not compromised. I hate to mention Margo and Jerry at this point in this paragraph but you know what I'm hinting at...

We've taken delivery of a top-spec XC70 – an SE Lux with the soon-to-be-retired and glorious 2.4-litre, five-cylinder diesel engine.

It's the latest model too – complete with its 2013 refresh that includes new rear lights, a tweaked front end and nicer interior features – and is absolutely packed to the gunwales with kit.

Just for starters we've got charcoal leather, xenon lights with automatic beam, heated electric seats, sat nav, DAB, Bluetooth and, most importantly for any Volvo estate, a heated steering wheel.

There's much more to tell but I'm starting to get too excited so I'll save the rest of the features for a later report.

It does come at a cost though. Volvo estates have always commanded a bit of a premium over run-of-the-mill Fords and Vauxhalls, but our XC70 is massively expensive – ours costs £41k!

But I suppose that's the cost of being modern-day Margos and Jerries.

The knowledge

Model: Volvo XC70 D5 AWD SE Lux Geartronic
Price: £41,020 (as tested)
Engine: 2.4-litre, five-cylinder diesel
Power: 213bhp, 439Nm
Max speed: 127mph
0-60mph: 7.8s
Emissions: 169g/km

Mileage this month: 1,953

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It fits right in with my lifestyle – middle-class living

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