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2008 Volvo V70

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2008 Volvo V70 Review

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A cornerstone of Volvo's lineup, the mid-size V70 wagon has undergone a complete makeover for 2008. In addition to gaining a more contemporary appearance, the third generation of this popular hauler has transitioned onto upgraded platform architecture that it now shares with the firm's flagship S80 sedan and the equally new XC70 all-wheel-drive crossover utility vehicle. Although it remains front-drive only and now comes in just one V70 3.2 trim level, the 2008 version boasts a new and larger six-cylinder engine, meaningful enhancements to both its standard and available features and a stellar array of advanced safety systems that have boosted its competitive appeal. As before, this competent Swedish family wagon faces off against a formidable field of mostly European rivals, headed by the Audi A6 Avant quattro, BMW 535xi Sport Wagon, Mercedes-Benz E350 4MATIC Wagon and Saab 9-5 SportCombi.

You'll Like This Car If...

Wagon buyers who want a comfortable, practical and stylish vehicle with outstanding safety features should be impressed with what the new V70 package has to offer.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Anyone expecting a replacement for the hot-performing but slow-selling V70R is out of luck for 2008, and wagon buyers who demand the added security of all-wheel drive still must either step up to Volvo's pricier XC70 crossover or pay a visit to their local Audi, BWM, or Mercedes-Benz dealer.

What's New for 2008

A comprehensive redesign of Volvo's mid-size wagon adds greater visual distinction and endows it with better ride and handling plus an even broader range of comfort, convenience and safety touches.

Driving the V70

Driving Impressions The new iteration of Volvo's versatile V70 makes the most of its redesigned chassis and powertrain elements to deliver an even smoother, more comfortable and better-isolated ride than its predecessor....

While the new six-cylinder naturally-aspirated engine has sufficient muscle to let the V70 3.2 successfully cope with most day-to-day traffic and passing maneuvers, it won't do much to satisfy anyone with even modest enthusiast leanings. Aggressive cornering will elicit some noticeable body roll, but most buyers will likely find this Volvo's tradeoff between control and compliance a very livable compromise. The standard driver-selectable Dynamic Stability and Traction Control system helps the V70 maintain its composure on slicker surfaces without being too intrusive, and its powerful four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes incorporate both Electronic Brake Assistance and anti-fade compensation circuitry to optimize the car's overall stopping power in emergency situations.
Favorite Features

World-Class Safety Innovations
Beyond it's more-rigid unit body, the V70 3.2 incorporates upgraded WHIPS and SIPS whiplash and side-impact protection systems, a new dual-height child booster-seat system with adaptive seatbelts and introduces, as available options, Volvo's Blind Spot Information System, Adaptive Cruise Control with Auto Brake and Personal Car Communicator with heartbeat sensor.

Convenient Cargo Handling
The V70 3.2s flexible cargo system features floor rails with adjustable fold-down anchor points and additional tie-downs in the side panels to secure bulky items, plus a big, lockable underfloor cargo bin. Its larger, one-piece tailgate further simplifies the loading and unloading process, and now offers optional power activation.

2008 Volvo V70 Details
Interior

Cast in a Swedish-modern motif, the V70's spacious cabin is finished in standard charcoal or beige Tricotek fabric and brushed aluminum accents but can be upgraded with leather and real wood trims. It shares basic S80 design cues, from legible analog gauges with supplemental driver-info readouts to Volvo's distinctive slim-line center stack with intuitively arrayed audio and climate controls. Well-formed front seats feature eight-way power adjustability for the driver, while the V70's 40/20/40 split-folding rear bench has room for adults at the two outboard spots -- which also incorporate Volvo's new variable-height child booster-seat cushions. Maxxing out the aft quarters for cargo toting increases the carrying capacity from 33.3 to 72.1 cubic feet.

Exterior

The third-generation V70 has grown a bit, adding 2.3 inches of wheelbase and 4.5 inches to its length. All-new sheetmetal imparts a more athletic flair, with bolder character lines that rise from its chiseled front fascia and carry through a power-bulged hood and onto prominent shoulder ridges. Blackout pillars and tasteful brightwork help integrate the V70's side glass, but the strongest visual statement is provided by its rear quarters, where a single-piece liftgate is framed by oversized conventional and LED combination tail lamps and a highly-stylized soft fascia. Standard 16-inch aluminum wheels mount 225/55 tires, but the optional 225/50 run-flat tires on larger 17-inch alloys impart a sportier finishing touch.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

As befits its up-market status, the V70 3.2 is a high-content vehicle that complements its capable powertrain and comfortable seating with a full array of power assists, dual-zone climate control, a tilt/telescopic steering column, multifunction steering wheel, cruise control and a 160-watt AM/FM/MP3 sound system with six-disc CD changer and auxiliary input jack. Enhancing its utilitarian qualities is a flexible hold-down system in the rear bay that makes it easier to secure bulky items plus a lockable underfloor cargo bin. Heading the V70's formidable safety systems are front, front-side and side-curtain airbags, Dynamic Stability and Traction Control and four-wheel anti-lock discs with Electronic Brake Assistance.

Optional Equipment

Four key equipment groups highlight the V70's extras list: The Premium Package (leather and wood cabin trim, a power moonroof, auto-dimming mirror and HomeLink), the Convenience Package (front and rear Park Assist, a power tailgate, roof rails and interior air quality sensors), the Climate Package (heated seats, Rainsensor wipers and headlamp washers) and, new to the V70 line, the Collision Avoidance Package (Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Warning System with Auto Brake, Distance Alert, Driver Alert and Lane Departure Warning systems). Major single options include bi-xenon headlamps, DVD-based navigation, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, Personal Car Communicator with heartbeat sensor and keyless drive, Blind Spot Information System and SIRIUS Satellite Radio.

Under the Hood

For the first time in its history, the V70 gets an engine with six, not five, cylinders. Still an in-line configuration, this new naturally-aspirated powerplant displaces 3.2 liters and was co-developed with parent company Ford. The engine's 235 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque are less than any of its main rivals. However, sophisticated Cam Profile Switching and a variable-intake system help keep 90 percent of its peak torque on hand from just 2000 rpm. Backed by a six-speed Geartronic automatic transmission with manual-style shift mode, it propels the V70 3.2 from zero to 60 mph in a respectable -- although hardly class-leading -- estimated 7.8 seconds. The V70's EPA fuel economy numbers of 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway are only average, and are equaled by BMW's pricier, but far-quicker, 300-horsepower all-wheel-drive 535xi Sport Wagon.

3.2-liter in-line six
235 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
236 lb-ft of torque @ 3200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/24

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2008 Volvo V70 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 12 Ratings for the 2008 - 2010 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.2/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    8.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

Has never missed a service!

By on Tuesday, July 09, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 83,569

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great looking wagon. Very safe. Taken care of."

Cons: "No trailer hitch."

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

"Excellent condition! Four new tires. Black, tan interior, sun roof. Only 1 driver. Has NEVER missed a service. Have all the paper work."

Volvo Lover

By on Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 24,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "great ability to turn very sharply,comfortable"

Cons: "bad gas mileage compared to my other Volvos"

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

"have had a Volvo Station Wagon since 1980 .....that was my first....believe it or not,the next one was a 1997...which I would still be driving today if a stupid person..not even having a drivers license....hit me and totaled it. But that is another story...I kept the 1980 when I bought the 1997..... I drove both of them.....which one depended upon where I was going.... (PS EVERYthing in the 1980 worked great) I would still have and would still drive the 1980...if I had it...however...on a very rainy night..I was only driving about 5mph...in a parking lot...when I tried to stop in time to miss the sort of out of sight sign .....I failed....bumped into it...the front grill just fell off...long story short...it also was totaled Best gas mph...the 1997 ....best ride...the 2008....the interior was the same in all...but 1997 had controls in the console....I didn't like that...the 2008 has them on the drivers door. ......I don't like the "plastic" bumpers on the 2008...the front has been "hit" by crazy people in parking lots...the plastic has just fallen off where it has been hit...I do have the offical Volvo retouch paint and one day...I will get it painted so it looks better. I did discover,when the 1980 and 1997 were involved in accidents...(not the parking lot story but other accidents...in which I was NEVER at fault...just in the wrong place at the wrong time.)...the 'side' bars going down the lenght of the car were not alike...one was wider then the other....I hope and I guess Volvo found a metal for the bar that could be made smaller and still provide superior safety. . ....After that,I bought a 2008....Gosh,only Three cars since 1980....."

Great Car

By on Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 37,500

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: "To many to list"

Cons: "I wish it had AWD"

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

"Hands down the best car I've ever owned. It drives as if its a much smaller car, but has great leg and headroom in the front and back seats. My spouce is 6'4 and fits comfortably in front and still leaves room for an adult to sit in the back seat. Car handles great in rain or show."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

V70s are great!

By on Monday, February 20, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,825

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: "Super build quality. Very Comfortable seating."

Cons: "None."

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

"This is our 3rd Volvo, 2nd V70. Loved them all. Really sorry that they've been dropped from the US market. The seating is superb - wonderful for long trips. The cargo area is extremely well thought out. Many cargo tie-down hooks along sides as well as adjustable sliding tie-down hooks along cargo floor. The rear seats fold completely flat with just a pull of a small handle on each side. There is also an area of the floor that lifts up for out-of-sight storage of smaller items - I keep 8 adjustable elastic cords under there that secure any type of cargo. Not crazy about the looks or front seating area of the XC70, the 'forced' substitute vehicle. Guess my next car will be an XC60."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Practical, Safe, Reliable, Boring

By on Friday, January 28, 2011

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
9/10

"I own a 2005 V70 with 5 speed manual transmission. The car is very comfortable, roomy, and economical, and it can carry more cargo than many SUV's. It has been absolutely trouble-free since the day we received it. We have the car maintained by the dealer, and while labor costs are high, overall the car has not been expensive to maintain since it's been trouble free after 5 years. It is however, very boring to drive, but that's never been the Volvo's strong suit."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Sweet Car

By on Friday, March 12, 2010

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

"My 2nd Volvo, bought it because my wifes 2002 V40 impressed me so much and was tired of driving a oversized SUV, the car is the most comfortable car I have been in, it drives so smooth. I do have an annoying rattle in the rear cargo area when I don't have the radio on. I bought the roof mount bike rack and can do evertything I used to do. It also drives great in the snow."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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