Thursday, 21 April 2011

The Volvo V70 2.3 T5...

Ahhh, the Swedes. They've provided us with a lot over the years.

Abba...

"Mama-mia, take a chance dancing queen hurdy gurdy" and so on, and so forth...

...stereotypically beautiful ladies...


...the place where couples go to row with each other...


...and of course, Volvo.


It's the latter that finds itself earning a place on N£2G today though, and it's not going to be what you're thinking. We reckon that when you think of a cheap Volvo you think of some rusty old heap slowly crawling down the A38 while the octogenarian behind the wheel weaves from kerb to cats-eye, terrifying the people driving any oncoming vehicles.

If that's the case, think again. There's plenty more from the Volvo stable that can be had for less than £2000 and we're not talking about kid-carrying shopping-grabbers here. No, we've got something with a bit more bite to show you, something that for the price, simply can't be rivalled on power, speed and practicality. Is this the ultimate dad-wagon? Maybe it is. Maybe you just want a big motor with big power or maybe you just want a car that, should you drive through a building, will protect you and your loved ones. Whatever it is you're looking for in a car, the Volvo V70 2.3 T5 will fit the bill. Well, as long as you're looking for an estate...click this or this if you want a convertible.

This isn't just any Volvo mind, oh no, your £2k will stretch to one of these: a second generation T5...



Hmm. Boxy. Yeah, it looks like it's been made out Lego but that's not what these cars are about, they're built to get you, everything you own, 47 people and the dog to wherever you need to be - and fast. No one buys a Volvo for how they look, they buy them for how they go, and in the case of any Volvo with a T5 badge, they go damn well.

T5 is to Volvo what GTi is to VW, except with this one it really does mean business. Born out of the ever popular line of T5s, starting back in the 90s with the 850 T5 then moving forward to the first generation V70 T5, the second generation car has lot of history behind it. The T5 name exploded when the 850 hit the scene, forcing life into Volvo brand like never before. The advent of the T5 proved that Volvos weren't just safe, they were damn fast too. The T5 soon became just as desirable as the BMws and Audis it was going up against.

Under the bonnet you'll find a five-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with upwards of 250bhp and 250lbft of torque - the same engine (in essence) that powers the modern Ford Focus STs and RSs - proof that it's an incredible power-plant. You'll have either a five or six speed 'box and it'll all be connected to one of the best chassis a big car has ever had - chassis that has seen decades of development thanks to its predecessors. Firmer springs, perfect geometry and perfectly tuned suspension ensure that this sucker can be thrown about...



...and with a top-speed of 155mph it's no wonder they were a bit of a hit with these boys.



We were lucky enough to go out in a Police Volvo T5 last year and let us tell you, they're bloody fast! Interestingly they're also really quite comfy too - the Police have to spend up to 8 hours in their patrol cars so comfort is a big deal, you don't want ot have to run after a purse snatching crim while you've got cramp in your thighs! If the V70 T5 is good enough for them it's bound to be good enough for your mother-in-law when you collect her for her monthly visit.



There's another thing about Volvos that also can't be ignored, and that's the safety factor. The Swedes take crashing very seriously (to such a degree that Volvo have gone public in saying that by 2020 no one will die as the result of a collision in a Volvo). The V70 was no different - it's another reason the Police love them so much, they are prone to the odd 'off' in the name of bringing criminals to justice. The Volvo keeps them safe in their pursuits, much as it will do for your kids and loved ones.



In a nutshell, the V70 T5 is all things to all car-lovers. It's fast, safe, a hoot to drive and, as you've learned today, cheap. If you need four seats but you want them to be fast and comfy, this is the car for you. Built to last and cheap to run, the V70 T5 is real family carrying weapon. Shame it's not the prettiest thing, but that's something that can be easily addressed.



Still not convinced?



You want one now, don't you?