Long term report: Volvo XC70

Volvo XC70
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Our XC70 has been with AOL Cars for nearly 10 months now, and to be perfectly honest with you we thought Volvo had forgotten it had lent the car to us.
This chunk of Swedish perfection was only supposed to be with us for six months but we've had it far longer. We didn't mind, obviously, and with every passing week and no email from Volvo Towers, we thought we'd won the lottery. It felt a bit like theft. It felt good.

But then, disaster! Word from Volvo is that it'd like to replace it with a copper-coloured V40 Cross Country but it can't do the swap for another month, so Victor (yes, I have called the XC70 that) will remain a staple of the fleet for another four, glorious weeks.

I'm sure the Cross Country will be lovely – it'll have the new 2.0-litre D4 engine under the bonnet and with it being the Lux Nav model it'll be packed full of kit.

But, while I am a fan of the faux-SUV-cum-premium hatchback, I can guarantee it won't have the same Swedish granite personality, and it will certainly be without the fab five-cylinder diesel warble. Ho hum – all good things must come to an end.

The knowledge

Model: Volvo XC70 D5 AWD SE Lux
Price: £43,545 (as tested)
Engine: 2.4-litre, five-cylinder turbocharged diesel
Power: 213bhp, 439Nm
Max speed: 127mph
0-60mph: 7.8s
Emissions: 169g/km
Mileage this month: 412

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