At first glance you would think that the XC70 has absolutely no place on the streets of a busy city. You wouldn't be that much wrong, actually, but the truth is that if you opt for the D5 diesel you won't feel that much out of place when trying to stop at a light. The 2.4 liter oil burner isn't quite an example of modern diesel technology, despite the common rail injection, but its fuel economy is more than exemplary for the amount of tonnage it has to carry.
During our test drive we managed an average of around 9-9.5 liters per 100 kilometers (25-26 mpg), which isn't half bad for an 1800 kg (3900 pounds) vehicle with four wheel drive. Of course, that consumption wasn't strictly from urban driving, it cumulated with some highway time as well. Still, we found it to be decent given the circumstances.
The all round visibility is great. Almost gives you an impression similar to that of being in a castle's highest tower. The huge mirrors, very large windows and the high ground clearance make up for the fact that you can't really comprehend the actual size of the car from the driver's seat. Parking is made easier by the very necessary rear parking sensors, although we would have liked it even more if they were also in the front.Continue reading
Hold on, Lou Cheeka would like to say something...
This is seems like a knocking good piece of Swedish automobile. I know this because I've been knocking the hell out of it, both inside and out. I know, people always ask me how on Earth I manage to test drive a car just by a few gentle fist taps on the hood or/and on the center console, but this is a trade secret, so I won't divulge anything.
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