Moving house is one of the most stressful things you can do, never mind when you're relocating 200
miles away and drive a moderately-sized hatchback.

So, thinking I needed a bigger car, I decided to take our XC70 home to Stoke-on-Trent for the big move.

Initial impressions were mixed – I sat in the driver's seat and waited for what felt like a lifetime for my seat to adjust electronically (such a pointless feature if you ask me).

Having made myself comfortable, I set about making my way to Stoke.

I quickly found out, though, that the XC70 really doesn't like the hustle and bustle around town.
It is comfortable but it borders on being far too soft. With a ridiculous amount of body roll and spongi-ness, it becomes quite tedious over a short journey.

But although it may seem I don't like the Volvo, I do – very much!

It is the perfect motorway cruiser – ideal for long journeys or day trips – and its boot space at 575 litres (increasing to 1,600 with the rear seats folded flat) is more than enough reason to buy one, but at its current price, I'm not so sure...

Author: Danielle Bagnall

The knowledge

Model: Volvo XC70 D5 AWD SE Lux Geartronic
Price: £43,545 (as tested)
Engine: 2.4-litre, five-cylinder diesel
Power: 213bhp, 439Nm
Max speed: 127mph
0-60mph: 7.8s
Emissions: 169g/km
Mileage this month: 1,689

This month's highlight

Successfully relocating to the south coast without the need to rent a van