front-wheel drive V70 Classic Estate (1997-2000) is really a
second-generation 850. The exterior of the V70 has a softer styling than
its predecessor, but still carried a strong Volvo identity including the
typical almost vertical rear end. Inside the car, the dashboard was new,
as was most of the interior. As regards safety, a number of important
improvements were also made.
So the station wagon adopted V (for Versatility), S (for Saloon) and C
(for the new Coupé).
However, the V70 is a comfortable, sturdy and practical car for drivers
who appreciate it’s honest abilities. There were 1,800 improved and new
parts in the design from the original 850, including upgraded passive and
active safety, better handling and new engines, but as a whole this was
the same car. In 2000 the range but was replaced by the S80-based
V70, hence the badging of end-of-line models "Classic".
There was a huge choice of engines and equipment to suit almost anyone. My
V70 is an automatic and has the basic 5 cylinder B5252S DOHC 10 valve 140
bhp petrol version and does the job well.
The V70 is very easy to handle and it's very responsive without being
twitchy, and the roadholding is excellent. The cabin layout is
user-friendly, driving position excellent, visibility good and overall,
the V70 is extremely manoeuvrable for such a big car.
passenger and side airbags (SIPS) are fitted, also ABS anti-lock brakes
with EBD. The boot and loadspace is massive, with fully folding seats.
of the engine versions that were available on the V70 Classic range:
10 valve, 1984cc, 126hp,
B5252S, 10 valve,
2435cc, 140hp, 206Nm
B5244S1, 20 valve, 2435cc, 140hp, 206Nm
B5244S2, 20 valve, 2435cc, 170hp, 220Nm
B5254S2, 20 valve, 2435cc, 170hp, 220Nm
B5254T2, 20 valve, 2435cc, 193hp, 270Nm
B5234T3, 20 valve, 2319cc, 240hp, 330Nm
B5234T5, 20 valve, 2319cc, 250hp, 350Nm
B5234T6, 20 valve, 2319cc, 240hp, 310Nm
B5234T8, 20 valve, 2319cc, 265hp,
D5252T, 10 valve,
2460cc, 140hp, 290Nm