A little over four months into our tenure of the V70, and we’re still discovering new things about the car.
It helps that we do so many miles in it; we’ve now notched up more than 10,000 of them, over 2,000 of which were racked up on a pair of trans-European trips four-up with (much) luggage, within the space of a fortnight. Once again, the V70 refused to be fazed by anything we asked it to carry; it’s had to accommodate skis, snowboards, lots of people and all sorts of bags and suitcases, and we’ve yet to find ourselves running out of carrying capacity. Anybody experiencing the car for the first time is guaranteed to comment on the comfortable seats and spacious cabin; I’m finding the balance of performance and economy extremely appealing too. It’s these traits which also make the Volvo so appealing to a fellow V70 custodian who I bumped into in a garage recently, when I was refuelling. As I pulled alongside the fuel pump, a deep metallic red V70 pulled up alongside, and the owner got out in unison with me.
We looked at each other and immediately started swapping information about our cars; something that doesn’t happen often as there seem to be relatively few V70s about. His car, also a D3 with Geartronic transmission, was clearly the apple of his eye. A long-term Volvo owner, this V70 was the best yet he enthused, proving ideal for towing his caravan. I wondered if the 37 or so mpg I’m averaging is on the poor side, but this chap gets 38 to 40mpg in everyday driving, 30mpg when towing, but saw as much as 60mpg on a recent week-long excursion around Ireland. V70 Man made an interesting observation; he’d clearly spent a lot of time researching his new-car purchase, and had settled on the D3 specifically because of its refinement levels and the youth of its engine design. Citing an array of old-fashioned traits of the alternative V70 powerplants, the D3 is definitely the pick of the bunch was his very firm view; he’d be even more impressed by Volvo’s all-new four-cylinder engine, which is on the way. A busy forecourt meant there was only so much information we could exchange (and asking for his number might have been just a little bit creepy…), so annoyingly, I didn’t have time to quiz him about his view on the Geartronic transmission or various bits of equipment on the car.
Having stated in a previous report that there’s no Sport mode for the gearbox, it turns out that there is one, although it’s best avoided as it isn’t very slick. The software seems to assume that just sitting near the red line is what’s required, when it should be changing up a gear or two. I’ve also discovered that there is an automatic wiper setting, having reported that there isn’t. Not only that, but it can be adjusted for sensitivity, which suddenly makes it my favourite piece of kit in the current showery weather we’re ‘enjoying’. Well, it’s my favourite piece of kit until the next thing I discover…
|Whats Hot:||Xenon lights do a fabulous job; even on dipped beam theyíre strong. Cornering function is handy too.|
|Whats Not:||Thereís a cut-out in the driverís sun visor ñ and when youíre driving into the sun, rather typically, itís always in that gap.|
|Date arrived:||17th October 2013|
|Mileage to date:||13,227 miles|
|Fuel consumption:||57.6mpg (official combined)
38.4mpg (on test)