Volvo S70 Reviews from UK and Ireland

1997 Volvo S70 2.5 10v

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.5 10v Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired79000 miles
Most recent distance89000 miles
Previous carSAAB 9-3


Safe, reliable and comfortable


No major problems, just small faults that occur at this age. These faults can be sorted quite easily. Mainly aesthetics.

Exhaust mounting snapped, can be welded back on.

General Comments:

This car was bought as one of my previous cars was a Volvo, I thought I would get back in to the brand.

I've owned the car just over a year now and there have been no breakdowns or faults that have occurred during my ownership. This was one of the main reasons I went back to Volvo.

The engine is a reliable unit, but isn't mind bogglingly fast, although this isn't what the engine was designed for. I have to say though I do like the noise it makes.

Being the auto, it's very smooth to drive and is very relaxing on the motorway, especially due to the lovely leather seats. The ride is firm though around town, one of my main gripes I have with the car, if it wasn't for the fantastic seats, then this can get annoying very quickly.

Interior wise, it's built very well. The dash is very well thought out with everything falling to hand easily. It's the detail that sets it out, the buttons being large enough to operate whilst wearing gloves. There are a few squeaks and rattles, but that's more down to the age again. Plenty of space in the cabin and boot so no problems there.

The only components I've had to change on the car are regular service items and consumables. It isn't the cheapest car to own, owing mainly due to it's weight and engine size averaging around 29 MPG. But I didn't buy the car to run on a shoestring, as I wanted something safe and reliable.

Overall the car is very well built and comfortable, and if you don't need the estate and the price premium that commands, the S70 is a decent car to own.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th January, 2010

1998 Volvo S70 CD 2.5 5 cylinder

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.5 5 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired118000 miles
Most recent distance122000 miles
Previous carVolvo 850


This is one of life's best kept secrets!!!


Two rubber bushes had to be replaced.

That's all - That's Volvo reliability!

General Comments:

This car has to be one of the most under-rated vehicles EVER.

I brought this car with 118,000 miles on the clock, but it looked and drives like 18,000 miles.

Recently after purchase I had Volvo look at the car for it's 120,000 mile service and they could find nothing wrong except two rubber bushed, which is fantastic for a car with this mileage (My V40 has just had it's 100,000 mile service where no fault can be found as well)

It is safe and EXCEPTIONALLY comfortable with fantastic ergonomics and build quality - feels great. I have full beige, heated leather and walnut dash with DUAL zone climate control and electric seat.

I have just completed a tour with four people around the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and a little of France and it never hick-upped once. This car is designed for driving and it enjoys every moment! I would trust it everywhere.

The engine sounds great with 5 cylinders and goes very well. I am 25 years old and I drive Volvo for their combination of safety, performance, build quality, comfort and total dependency and this one has not let me down! Even so, I have found one of the worlds best kept secrets!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th October, 2006

1997 Volvo S70 SE 2.5 turbo

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.5 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired93000 miles
Most recent distance100000 miles
Previous carVolvo 740


Comfortable, quick, but reliability has been disappointing after my Volvo 740


ABS warning light indicated sensor problem at 93000 miles. Both rear sensors replaced, warning light still came on. Dealer then suggested replacing ABS control unit. This solved problem.

Head gasket blew at 97000 miles.

Coolant problems on and off throughout 7000 miles of ownership.

Sometimes difficult to start.

General Comments:

Very comfortable car seats.

Ride quite firm.

Performance with the Turbo is excellent.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 31st March, 2005

1999 Volvo S70 T5 SE turbo petrol

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission turbo petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.7 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 miles
Most recent distance126000 miles
Previous carAudi S3


Great long distance cruiser with reasonable fuel economy


Throttle Control Module failed at 115,000 miles

Air Mass Meter failed at 125,000 miles

Replaced front struts at 120,000 miles.

General Comments:

Very quick and comfortable motorway cruiser.

I bought this car because I wanted something that would go for miles and miles, would be comfortable on the motorways, had massive reserves of power and would still return reasonable economy.

So far I've had exactly that.

Fuel consumption varies from 38mpg (UK Gallons) to 22mpg if driven spiritedly (which admittedly is something this car does not do well, being more a cruiser than a bruiser).

So far, given its mileage I've been reasonably happy with the reliabilty. My previous car (an Audi S3) had more problems in the 18 months and 40,000 miles I had it than this car has, and the S3 was new when I first got it! Just wish the dealer servicing and parts prices were more sensible...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th September, 2004

30th Mar 2006, 16:20

Update! The car has now got over 180,000 miles on it and has been as good as gold since the initial problems. Repairs since the last report are:

Front discs (twice)

Front pads (three times)

Rear Shocks (nto knackered - just wanted to make it handle better)

And lots of front tyres!!! ;-)

Absolutely nothing to complain about really!!!

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 10 reviews