The 2011 Volvo XC70 3.2's 240-horsepower, 6-cylinder engine is a capable powerplant, but it's the Volvo XC70 T6 AWD's 300-horsepower, turbocharged six that breathes life into this big wagon. While...
we're confident the Volvo XC70 handles better than most truck-based SUVs, its additional height and larger wheel/tire package prevents it from returning the sporty, confident feel found with such all-wheel drive rivals such as the Audi A4
Avant. The Volvo XC70 is based on the Volvo S80 sedan
. This helps it deliver a stable, quiet and controlled ride that belies the vehicle's off-road abilities. We covered gravel roads, slushy snow and fresh mud. None proved an obstacle for the Volvo XC70. Novice off-roaders have a friend in the XC70's Hill Descent Control, which proves a useful tool when descending steep and slippery slopes.