By KBB.com Editors
The Volvo XC70 can best be thought of as a rugged version of the popular V70 wagon. Not quite a full-blown crossover or SUV, the XC70 provides the manageable size and reasonable comfort of a wagon teamed with a sophisticated all-wheel drive system and superior ground clearance. Think of it as the twenty-first century version of the quirky AMC Eagle. The XC70's primary competition comes from the Subaru Legacy and Outback wagons and, to a lesser degree, the Dodge Magnum all-wheel-drive wagon.
If you like the look, ride and handling of the V70 wagon, but you need something a bit more rugged, try out the XC70. It offers Eurostyle with a bit of off-road verve.
The XC70's interior is roomy, but nowhere near as spacious as its bigger sibling the XC90 SUV. Similar wagons from Subaru are less expensive, offer more power and hold their original value better than the XC70.
Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) and a tire pressure monitoring system become standard equipment for 2007, as do integrated turn signal mirrors and 16-inch Xenia wheels.
Driving Impressions The XC70 is built on the very competent V70 wagon platform. Except for the rear badges and extra cladding, the two are almost indistinguishable. Power, derived from a turbocharged five-cylinder...engine producing 208 horsepower, is sent to all four wheels. Due to its height and tires, however, the XC70 does not handle as well as the V70 or S60. Then again, it never gives the impression that it's about to tip on its side, and it can run circles around any SUV on the road. Acceleration is smooth, linear and quiet. The interior is modern, comfortable and, oh, those wonderful Volvo seats you could sit in for days.
Instead of being incorporated into the audio unit, the Volvo navigation screen rises from atop the dash and can be operated via steering wheel-mounted controls.
Child Booster Seats
Optional integrated child booster seats help little ones see the road.
The XC70 employs the same functional and handsome interior as the V70. As with all Volvos, safety is of paramount concern. A high-strength steel cage, with crumple zones and reinforced door beams, makes up the skeleton. There are standard front-seat driver- and passenger-side airbags and side-curtain airbags for both front and rear passengers.Exterior
The XC70 is a close cousin to the V70 wagon, but extra-thick black bumpers and a tall ride-height (8.5-inches of ground clearance) give the XC70 a bit more of an off-road appearance, as do the black grille surround, aluminum cladding and alloy wheels.
The XC70 comes standard with a five-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), traction control, stability control, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, alarm system, illuminated remote keyless entry, front and rear fog lights, AM/FM stereo with CD, heated outside mirrors, front side-impact and front and rear head-curtain airbags, eight-way power driver's seat with memory, cruise control, skid plate protection, 16-inch alloy wheels and a rear wiper/washer.
Options include a power passenger seat, power glass moonroof, leather seats, tinted rear windows, third-row seating, navigation, bi-xenon headlamps, premium audio and integrated child seats.
Volvo's 2.5 light-pressure turbo provides adequate acceleration and fuel economy, but it's no race horse. The unobtrusive turbo kicks in around 2,000 rpm and builds steadily right up to redline. Although a manual transmission is not offered, the five-speed automatic delivers quick, efficient shifts that make the most of the engine's generous torque.
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: 18/25
By Wayne on Friday, February 07, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 96,000overall rating 5 of 10rating details
Pros: "Good ride and comfortable"
Cons: "Poo design of electronics---"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"I have owned volvos for 40 years and have always driven them for well over 125K miles and at one point had three in the family. This XC70 will be my last I am sorry to say---The electronics have been a complete failure---ABS system failed--ignition lock had to be replaced, gear box failed, alarm system failed. W2"
1 person out of 3 found this review helpful
By sunflower lady on Thursday, November 14, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 66,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This is my third Volvo, previously I owned a 740GL wagon, an 850GLT sedan, and now my XC70 wagon.I thought I was done with wagons, but this one is so comfortable and versatile, it has an enormous hauling capacity for furniture, moving boxes, plants, luggage, sports equipment and a racing bike. It is reliable, super safe and stylish at the same time. I love my interior which has the classic, real wood trim and full leather. Wonderful for long road trips or just running errands around town. I love this car, which is a good thing, as my husband says it will be a while before I can get a convertible sports car!"
3 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By jnoss on Thursday, October 17, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 72,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "tons of space, fun to drive in winter, reliable"
Cons: "stuff falls between seat and center console"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This is my first car and will be my car for years to come. it is so reliable, and does everything i could possibly want it to. I attatched a trailer hitch and can tow stuff, I have a roof rack and can carry stuff. I camp, sleep, and spend so much time in this car i could never sell it even if I wanted to. seriously a great car and will last forever. although im embarrassed to admit it, I have needed anti-skid service since last winter and its ran perfectly despite that the whole time. It even has parking assist!!! I live in new england and it is perfect for winter and camping and outdoors and all the things you could possibly want. totally comfortable for long drives out of state and all around. Ive slept in it under multiple circumstances and it is always comfortable to recline the seat and lay there, or if you need more room put the back seats down and chill out in the back, you could even fit an air mattress if you really wanted to. amazing car. VOLVO XC70 <333333333333"
3 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By MJ on Saturday, August 03, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 114,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Winter driving and hauling"
Cons: "Ugly soccer moms check you out"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I use this wagon like most people use trucks. I am a single guy with no kids and love my wagon. I have over 135 000 miles on it and have put next to nothing into it. I have hauled two large dog into Canada numerous times, transported a dingy from one end of the Chesapeake to the other, dock boxes 1000 lbs of sails and equipment from Daytona to Baltimore all without a problem and she still drives like the day I drove it off the lot. And she will smoke most other cars off the line and when most people are unable to get through 1 to 2 feet of snow I can still make the seed limit"
8 people out of 9 found this review helpful
By D on Monday, June 24, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 125,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Sturdy, attractive, reliable, great winter car."
Cons: "Parts can be pricey."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6
"This car has been reliable, comfortable and has kept my family safe for the past few years. I recommend it."
4 people out of 8 found this review helpful
By Me on Monday, April 22, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 71,600overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Drives great in all conditions, safe and solid!"
Cons: "Expensive for replacement parts, road noise"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"This car has been very reliable for us. Very little maintenance, only the recommened services. I do hear that the year of the Volvo makes a lot of difference in the amount of reliabilty you get from your Volvo. Well, 2004 was a great year! I do have a couple of small problems with Volvo though. We bought it used from someone we new who had unfortunatly cut out the third row seatbelts that we replaced - that was expensive! That is one of my two gripes with Volvo, Expensive to replace parts (I lost a very expensive remote key - ugh) Finding the right shop is important. The Spokane area Volvo dealer is tops - had to run in there once on a long road trip (my local dealers short sightedness - Spokane dealer rocks!) My second gripe with this Volvo is road noise! It has a lot. However, I have been told it would make a substantial difference if I would take the all season tires off and put different ones on. But hey, its a cross country, shouldn't it be able to have a heavier tire?"
7 people out of 7 found this review helpful