Hampshire Constabulary, which is in charge of the fleet, says it opted for the model for its versatility and plans to introduce more XC70s in the near future.
Fleet manager John Bradley said: ‘The new Volvo XC70 will provide officers with a versatile vehicle that is equally at home on motorways as it is traversing an off-road farm track.’
The new vehicles will have police livery and are all equipped with weapon containment storage facilities. Bradley added: ‘Our history with Volvo shows that it is one of the major players in the police fleet business. Its products have evolved over many years and are robust and ideally suited to a policing environment.
‘The Isle of Wight Basic Command Unit has unique policing needs and is the first to be provided with this vehicle. There are, however, plans to introduce more XC70s across the force in the foreseeable future.’