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Top Ten Used Volvos

Volvo holds a special place in the hearts of many British motorists. The famously boxy big estates have been a feature on our roads for decades and have given years of reliable service to lots of British drivers. There is something about Volvo that appeals to the British.

Volvo holds a special place in the hearts of many British motorists. The famously boxy big estates have been a feature on our roads for decades and have given years of reliable service to lots of British drivers. There is something about Volvo that appeals to the British. It might be the bomb-proof build quality or the safety record, but we also love the classlessness of Volvo, which offers prestige motoring without the badge snobbery of other marques. Here are ten of the best used Volvos that added to that reputation. 
 
1) Volvo 120 Series Amazon
 
The 120 Series was the car that really made Volvo’s reputation. The company was determined to build a car designed to withstand the harsh conditions of a Scandinavian winter and the 120 was the result. Volvo launched the car in 1956 and it remained in production until 1970, with the company making almost 700,000 units. Rust may now be a problem but the engines are still going strong. 
 
2) Volvo 200 
 
If the 120 was the car that launched Volvo’s reputation, then the 200 Series was the car that confirmed it. This large saloon introduced the typical Volvo squared-off shape and was produced from 1974 to 1994. Volvo made more than 2.8 million units and the car was an incredible success for the firm. Suddenly Volvo was famous for its safety, reliability and refusal to make cars that looked like all the others. The 200 was beloved of the British middle classes and many still grace our roads today.
 
3) Volvo P1800
 
If the 200 Series was boxy and robust, then the P1800 was curvy and sporty. This is the car made famous by the popular 1960s TV series, The Saint, featuring Roger Moore as Simon Templar. Indeed, Moore liked the car so much that he bought one himself. Volvo made around 50,000 P1800s from 1961 to 1973, and they have gone on to become something of a classic. You can choose from the two-door coupe or the rarer elegant three-door sports estate.
 
4) Volvo V70
 
For some, the V70 is the archetypical Volvo. The company is renowned for its estates and this load carrier has masses of space and some clever practical touches such as hooks, nets and straps to keep your load safely in place. It has a waste bin and even an umbrella holder and a handy worktop that can pop up in the centre of the rear seats. It really is typical Volvo.
 
5) Volvo T5 R
 
If you like blistering pace to go with your practical estate, then the T5 R is for you. The five-cylinder 2.3 litre engine will rocket you to 60mph in just seven seconds. It still has bags of space, though, and when you are not putting the foot down it behaves itself with some aplomb. Turbo lag is noticeable, but when it kicks in the jolt is worth waiting for.
 
6) Volvo 480
 
In many ways the 480 is the spiritual successor to the P1800, and it takes many styling cues from the estate version of that car. A three-door sporting estate, it boasted an appealing wedge shape and pop-up headlights. The turbo version can top 120mph and it is still a very safe car.
 
7) Volvo S80
 
The Volvo S80 was a large saloon to replace the 200 Series. It is more rounded than that car but has a generous level of equipment and is truly capacious. It has good suspension that gives a comfortable motorway ride, and the range of engines is excellent. Depreciation hasn’t been kind to the S80, and there are bargains to be had. 
 
8) Volvo S60
 
The S60 was the car that represented Volvo’s move away from its old boxy shapes to a new and more modern style. The S60 is fast, economical and refined and makes for an excellent executive saloon, especially when paired with one of the diesel engines. It is comfortable with good equipment levels and an attractive cabin. 
 
9) Volvo C70
 
Early C70s were offered as hard-top coupes, but the company soon moved over to soft-top models. This is an attractive car with lots of space for four adults, making it something of a rarity in the soft-top niche. Reliability is good and performance is blistering.
 
10) Volvo XC90
 
The XC90 is a return to Volvo’s traditional strengths. It is spacious and robust and offers seven-seat practicality too. It also has a prestige feel without being too ostentatious and is definitely one of the best SUVs around.

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