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Car and Driving's Independent Used Review of the Volvo V70 (2013 - 2016) Range

By Jonathan Crouch
Added 11th November, 2016

By 2013, this third generation V70 had been in production for six years and Volvo had ironed out most of the issues with it. By this time, the car was smarter, better-equipped and more media-savvy but the key change to this model line came with the introduction of the Gothenburg brand's 'Drive-E' engine technology. If you're looking at buying this car secondhand and focusing on a model from the 2013 to 2016 era, we'd strongly recommend that you get yourself a variant fitted with the 'Dive-E' tech. In this guide, we've given you some details on that. Virtually all D4 models from this period had this new unit and from 2015, D3 variants got a de-tuned version of this powerplant too. Otherwise, the V70s from this time that you'll come across will be fitted with the older Ford-derived engines, so make sure you know what you're buying. Even one of these can make sense though, if it's been well looked after and is being offered at the right price. How to sum up then? Well, here's a car that'll probably out-last you. A car that'll become part of the family as it takes ballet lessons, boating trips and skiing adventures in its stride. MPVs and SUVs might sound cleverer but there's still little to touch this Volvo when it comes to doing what big estates need to do. If you're looking for the definitive example of the breed, look no further.

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