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Base versions of the XC70 are front-wheel drive (FWD), which became the standard in 2011. For 2012, trim choices jump from two to seven with the addition of Premier, Premier Plus and Platinum editions in all models. A redesigned instrument panel conveys audio, navigation and other information to the driver via a 7-inch color display, the Bluetooth interface now allows audio streaming and the lower center console has been redesigned with metal framing or wood inlays, depending on trim level. On the safety front, the 2012 XC70 comes standard with City Safety, a system that automatically applies the brakes in lower-speed situations to avoid a collision if the driver is distracted and fails to brake. A higher-power Polestar edition is available on turbo models; a software performance package bumps output from 300 horsepower to 325 and torque from 325 lb-ft to 354, and does not affect the car's warranty.
About Volvo XC70
Although many feel the station wagon no longer has a place in the hearts and minds of today’s active young go-getters, the 2016 Volvo XC70 proves otherwise. More upscale and roomier than the Subaru Outback, the XC70 is less about rugged off-road adventures and more about tackling deep snow or dusty trails on the way to some pampered outdoor retreat. Unlike the Outback and Audi Allroad, the XC70 offers a choice between front- or all-wheel drive (FWD, AWD), and its price falls comfortably in between the two competitors. With its car-like driving manners, roomy cargo hold and Scandinavian-inspired styling, Volvo’s XC70 for 2016 should appeal to families and singles whose priorities revolve around safety, reliability and established luxury-car credentials.