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2010 Volvo V70

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2010 Volvo V70 Review

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A cornerstone of Volvo's lineup, the front-wheel-drive V70 wagon arrives for 2010 wearing only minor changes. Although gaining a fresh and more contemporary appearance, the third generation of this popular hauler remains solidly anchored to the platform architecture shared with the firm's flagship S80 sedan and the XC70 all-wheel-drive crossover utility vehicle. Available in two trims, the V70 3.2 and 3.2 R-Design boast a powerful and refined six-cylinder engine, a broad range of standard and available features and a stellar array of advanced safety systems. This competent Swedish family wagon faces off against a shrinking field of front-wheel and all-wheel drive rivals, headed by the Audi A6 Avant quattro, the BMW 535xi Sport Wagon and the Cadillac CTS Wagon.

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 2010 Volvo V70 package has to offer.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Anyone expecting 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, Cadillac or BMW dealer.

What's New for 2010

A new PZEV (Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle) version of the 3.2-liter engine is now available. The engine touts cleaner emissions and better fuel economy, but gives up 10 horsepower in the process. A new trim, the 3.2 R-Design, joins the lineup. Minor cosmetic changes and a refreshed navigation screen round out the 2010 V70 changes.

Driving the V70
Driving Impressions

The Volvo V70 makes the most of its chassis and powertrain elements to deliver a smooth, comfortable and well-isolated ride. While the 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.

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 dual-height child booster-seat system with adaptive seatbelts and such available options as Volvo's Blind Spot Information System, Adaptive Cruise Control with Auto Brake and Personal Car Communicator with heartbeat sensor.

Convenient Cargo Handling
The V70 3.2's 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 offers optional power activation.

2010 Volvo V70 Details
2010 Volvo V70 photo Interior

Cast in a Swedish-modern motif, the V70's spacious cabin is finished in standard charcoal or beige T-Tec 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 variable-height child booster-seat cushions. Maxing out the aft quarters for cargo toting increases the carrying capacity from 33.3 to 72.1 cubic feet.

Exterior
2010 Volvo V70 photo

The latest V70 imparts an athletic flair, with bold character lines that rise from its chiseled front fascia, carry through to a power-bulged hood, and flow rearward to form 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 available larger 17- and 18-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, Bluetooth and a 160-watt AM/FM/MP3 sound system with six-disc CD changer, USB port and iPod interface and an 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

Five key equipment groups highlight the V70's extras list. There's the Multimedia Package (Dynaudio 650-watt sound system, Volvo navigation and SIRIUS Satellite Radio); the Premium Package (leather and wood cabin trim, a power moonroof, auto-dimming mirror, power passenger seat and HomeLink); the Convenience Package (front and rear Park Assist, a power tailgate, 12-volt cargo bay outlet); the Climate Package (heated seats, Rainsensor wipers, heated washer nozzles and headlamp washers); and the Technology Package (Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Warning System with Auto Brake, Distance Alert, Driver Alert and Lane Departure Warning systems). Stand alone options include bi-xenon headlamps with Active Bending Light, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, Blind Spot Information System and Personal Car Communicator with heartbeat sensor.

Under the Hood

Long powered by five-cylinder powerplants, today's V70 has an engine with six cylinders. Still an in-line configuration, this naturally-aspirated powerplant displaces 3.2 liters and was co-developed with former partner Ford. The engine's 235 (225 on PZEV engines) 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 just under eight seconds.

3.2-liter in-line six
235 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
236 lb-ft of torque @ 3200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27

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2010 Volvo V70 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 15 Ratings for the 2008 - 2010 models.

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  • Value
    8.2/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    8.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Comfortable, handsome and very reliable

By on Wednesday, May 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Seats, classic European look, very reliable."

Cons: "24mpg, limited rear leg room, acceleration."

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

"Purchased used with 31000 miles when it was 2 years old. We have changed the oil/filter and rotated the tires every 5,000 miles. The seats are wonderful and the leather is top quality. The car isn't peppy but it'll get you where you need to go. Handling is average for a full size car: not sporty, but very secure.The rear seats are easy to fold down and there are two built-in child seats. Storage in all four doors and under the rear floor. Lots of electrical toys like auto wipers, HD radio and seats that adjust to the right position for each driver. The only problem was a leaking sunroof and it was fixed for $55. Paint still looks great and I plan to keep this car until it won't run anymore...it's that good."

Great family wagon

By on Thursday, March 19, 2015

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

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Ride, handling, brakes, size"

Cons: "Could use more power"

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

"Smooth ride, great handling and braking. Engine could use more power. Wish it had a manual transmission option. The integrated booster seats in the back are great if you have kids. Very good cargo capacity and is the right size car for practical purposes. Not too small and not too big. Great for cruising on the highway. Been very reliable."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Practical Elegance

By on Saturday, May 31, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 47,500

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
7/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

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

"The 2008-10 Volvo V70 is a great choice for the driver who wants a stylish wagon that drives and rides like a European luxury sedan, but does not want the gadgetry that often clutters these sedans. The V70 offers cargo space, build quality, comfort, safety, and reliability that Audi, BMW,and Mercedes wagons struggle to match, even at prices 10-20K higher. On the open road,the V70 is hushed, solidly planted, smooth. Great sense of quality and substance. Reviewers always comment on the beautiful Scandinavian interior with its real leather and real wood trim."

13 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Has never missed a service!

By on Tuesday, July 9, 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."

2 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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....."

2 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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."

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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