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My XC70 was bought to replace a VW Touareg 3litre. The Touareg was good but a little too heavy in all departments, (not least consumption). Consequently we were looking for something a little leaner and meaner. However, we did not want to compromise on comfort or towing ability.
We towed a heavy Hobby caravan around Germany, France and Holland without difficulty, unless being asked to slow down by traffic police is seen as a difficulty. The two and a half litre engine had a pleasing throaty tone and plenty of power to maintain speed on limit free motorways. The in - car sat nav that rises and falls from the dash is easy to understand and indispensible when taking traffic news into account and you can't translate local radio. Anyway, with the i -pod connected directly through the sound system we listen to talking books or downloaded plays, or even our own music! Fuel consumption averaged aroung 30miles per gallon of diesel and the on board computer system kept us up to date with this and any other information required.
All in all we could understand why traffic police love Volvo, 12 hour shifts can be completed without discomfort or stress!