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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 265 Ratings for the 2001 - 2007 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.8/10
    Quality
    8.0/10
  • Reliability
    7.9/10
    Performance
    8.3/10
  • Comfort
    8.7/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

V70R a great car

By on Tuesday, September 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "A sports car with cargo space"

Cons: "Large turning radius. Low front cowling scrapes."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Ist repair was $600 after 9 years, the alarm system siren needed replacement. The 6 speed stick and the brakes are just as good as the day we took delivery at the factory in February 2005. Have not changed the spark plugs yet. Great car although have never driven it over 135 mph, it is glued to the road and stops quickly. The body is tight, but the seats are showing a little ware."

Best car I have ever owned!

By on Saturday, August 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 105,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Goes in any type of snow and ice."

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

"Bought the 2002 Volvo Cross Country, AWD new and have loved this car. Cleans up beautifully. Drives like a charm, ride is smooth and very comfortable. Goes in any type of snow or ice with no problem at all. My co-workers call me to pick them up when it snows! I put a hitch on this car and it has pulled a small camper and a small boat with no problem. This car will probably still be going at 300000 miles!!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

reliable, few repairs, many cross country trips

By on Saturday, August 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 233,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "reliable, comfortable, heated seats"

Cons: "lacks storage up front"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"bought at 145,000 miles and have done relatively little to it in almost 90,000 miles although the check engine light has been on the entire time and the transmission service light comes on intermittently"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Love, love, love this car

By on Monday, August 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000

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
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Wonderful comfort and performance"

Cons: "Cup holders and center console could be improved"

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

"Love this car! I fell in love with it the first time I drove it 12 years ago. The handling and power is awesome. Great for snow and ice. I like the auto fan while-the-car-is-sitting-in-a-hot-parking-lot feature. It has accommodated everything I have needed to haul. The height is perfect for a not very tall person."

Great Wagon, Great Turbo, Works Like a Truck

By on Friday, August 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000

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
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Extremely reliable, reasonably priced"

Cons: "Poor turning radius"

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

"This is easily the best car I've ever owned. The instrumentation isn't fancy and it rides close to the ground (you feel every bump). But it's built like a tank and it's just as comfortable at the lumber yard as the opera. One bad characteristic: It has a terrible turning radius. But I can deal with that, because it's completely maintenance free. Love my Volvo!"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Great vehicle for 8 years - my baby!

By on Friday, August 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 142,500

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Safe, reliable for first 8-10 years"

Cons: "Service/parts too expensive & wear out at 10 yrs"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"Very reliable car - had for 10 years but the last two years, things began to wear out costing me thousands of dollars - should have traded it in at the 8 year point. One bad thing about this model volvo is the air bags require checking and/or servicing at around 100,000 miles and the volvo dealers charge an arm and a leg just to do the checks - a real rip off in my mind and pocket book!!"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

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