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2007 Volvo V70

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2007 Volvo V70 Review

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The Volvo V70 wagon makes an excellent transition vehicle for those who no longer need the massive passenger and cargo capacity of a full-size SUV, but still enjoy the convenience and versatility offered by an enclosed cargo bay. Capable of comfortably accommodating four adults and touting one of the best safety records in the industry, the V70 wagon feels as plush and comfortable to drive as an S80 sedan. With its rear seats folded down, the V70 can accommodate a weekend's worth of gear, the family pups or the tools and hardware to tackle your next home improvement job. With models ranging from the comfortable 2.5T to the rugged XC70 and the scorching R, there is a V70 wagon to suit just about every need and desire.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a safe, reliable wagon that can handle year-round road conditions with ease, the Volvo V70 should be at the top of your shopping list. The V70 offers more cargo room behind the second row seat than the Audi A4 or BMW 3 Series, and has more rear-seat legroom than a Subaru Outback.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a powerful performer below $30,000, you can find it in the less expensive Volkswagen Passat 2.0T or Dodge Magnum SXT V6. Although the Dodge Magnum wagon can out-perform and out-haul the V70 line across the board, we doubt too many buyers for the Magnum will consider the V70, and vice-versa.

What's Significant About This Car?

The 2.5T models receive new outside mirrors with integrated turn signals, a tire pressure monitoring system and Dynamic Stability Traction Control, while the XC70 receives new "Xenia" 16-inch alloy wheels. The rear-facing third-row seat option is no more.

Driving the V70

Driving Impressions The 2.4-liter engine of the base V70 is somewhat low on power for the size of this wagon. If power is a priority over economy, then step up to the...

turbocharged 2.5T model. This engine has significantly more horsepower and torque, making it much quicker off the line and providing potent passing power. No manual transmission is offered on the 2.5T, but Volvo does offer the five-speed Geartronic automatic that allows you to shift your own gears without the use of a clutch pedal. The V70 offers a well-balanced suspension that feels taut and stable without delivering a severe ride. The steering tends toward the heavy side, which can make parallel parking a bit more laborious than some might prefer.

Sport Seats
The amazingly comfortable sport seats on the Type R grab hold of you and seem to never let go.

Navigation System
The optional navigation system features a retractable screen positioned atop the dash instead of integrated into the audio.

2007 Volvo V70 Details
2007 Volvo V70 photo Interior

No matter which V70 you choose, all models share two important traits: A roomy, ergonomically sound interior and an exceptional safety record. The V70's front seats feel great on your back and feature an anti-submarine design that keeps you from sliding under the dash in the event of an accident. The rear seat offers good head and legroom for adults and creates 71.4 cubic-feet of cargo space when folded. Functionally, the V70's instrument layout is near-perfect, with every switch, lever and button within easy reach of both the driver and the passenger, but the vast gray tones that run throughout the dash, door panels and seats are rather drab.

Exterior
2007 Volvo V70 photo

The V70 borrows the radical shape of its sister, the Volvo S80, and sharpens the V-shaped hood to form a truly attractive wagon. The near-vertical rear hatch and full-length D-pillar tail lamps create a highly functional look that extends the roof panel, creating more space up top. The XC70 is given additional ground clearance, a firmer suspension and more aggressive tires, while the sporty V70 R receives extra ground effects and a lower front end and rear spoiler.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The V70 has a five-speed manual transmission, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), Dynamic Stability Traction Control, dual-zone manual air conditioning, illuminated remote keyless entry, rear fog light, dual heated power mirrors, AM/FM stereo with CD, front side-impact and front and rear head-curtain airbags, cruise control, tilt/telescopic steering wheel and 16-inch "Echo" alloy wheels. The 2.5T and XC70 add a 208-horsepower turbocharged engine, five-speed automatic, a power driver's seat and 16-inch "Eurus" alloy wheels. The premium R model adds a 300-horsepower engine, six-speed manual transmission, all-wheel drive, Brembo brakes, xenon headlamps, garage door opener, leather seats and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Optional Equipment

Options vary by trim level and include five-speed automatic transmission (six-speed on the R), all-wheel drive, power glass moonroof, heated seats, headlamp washers, rain-sensing wipers, Pro Logic surround sound, navigation, integrated child booster seat, rear park assist, power passenger seat, electronic climate control, leather seats, active bi-xenon headlamps and 17-inch custom alloy wheels.

Under the Hood

Unless you're absolutely strapped for cash, pay the extra $3K for the 2.5T. The 2.4 is just plain underpowered and the five-speed manual-equipped car does not have a strong resale value. If money is no object, get the V70 R. It serves all the functions required of a family wagon but can almost make you feel like a racecar driver.

2.4-liter in-line 5
168 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
166 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/29 (manual), 21/29 (automatic)

2.5-liter in-line 5 Light-Pressure Turbo
208 horsepower @ 5000 rpm
236 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/29

2.5-liter in-line 5 Twin Turbo
300 horsepower @ 5500 rpm
295 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/24 (manual), 17/25 (automatic)

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2007 Volvo V70 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.6
Out of 10

Based on 259 Ratings for the 2001 - 2007 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.8/10
    Quality
    7.9/10
  • Reliability
    7.8/10
    Performance
    8.3/10
  • Comfort
    8.7/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

Volvo: From the Latin for Always in the Shop

By on Monday, June 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 225,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Good looking car. It handles well. Fun to drive."

Cons: "Repairs make the cost of ownership too high"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"When I buy a car, I intend to drive it until it dies. I chose a Volvo partly for its reputation for reliability, longevity, and, of course, safety . This car did not live up to its reputation for reliability. I have almost paid for the car twice with all the repairs it has required. This is the worst car I have ever owned and I don't see anyway I will ever consider another Volvo."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

very expensive car and in the shop every 6-9 mos

By on Monday, May 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 145,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Great looking and comfortable when it is working however the cost to keep it running is terrible. I have owned the car for just over 2 years, bouth it for $7K and have spent close to $5K in repairs. Turbo so need premium gas and a lot of it. AWD so need 4 tires when one tire wears uneven. I drive around 400 highway miles per week and gas costs were appx $400 a month. Ton of electrical problems. You will average a $300 car payment per month between extra for premium gas and repairs to keep this car on the road. Stay away and don't be lured by the good looks."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Fine car. We did a European delivery in 2001 and

By on Tuesday, March 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 200,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
9/10
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We have taken this car to the dealer for the first five years and to a good local mechanic since 2006. Good shape, but it does have 200,000 + miles."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

This car is a complete money pit.

By on Saturday, February 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
2/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"The warning lights consistently malfunction, tires do not last a year, brakes and undercarriage need work more often than any other car I have owned. Wiper blades also wear out too often."

1 person out of 7 found this review helpful

Best car I've ever owned

By on Friday, February 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 115,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great gas mileage and surprising turbo power"

Cons: "None."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this car after some crazy driver ran a stop sign, smashed in my Subaru and totaled it. So, I searched for a new car and decided to look at Volvo's. I settled in on a V70 2.5T and, as it turns out, it was the best choice I could have ever made. The car is solid, handles well, gets great gas mileage, even with the turbo 2.5 five cylinder engine. I am thinking of trading it in or selling it outright to buy a replacement car. I just want a newer car now."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Gotta Love It

By on Sunday, January 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 135,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "handling, comfort, lines, reliable,quality"

Cons: "turning radius,blind spots, fuel economy"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The only complaint with my V70 2.5T is the turning raidius,beside regular maintainance (discs,pads,timeing belt etc) this vehicle is great. have owned 850T sedan and 850 wagon which in my opion were the best of Volvo the V70 beats the 850,s in ride(seats)can drive the 70 all day and not be tired. Have owned the car 8 years should last another 8. One reviewer complained about quality,try find a North American car with the same quality.Ain't gonna happen"

8 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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