Volvo XC70

Volvo XC70

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.

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2016 Volvo XC70
What's new for 2016?
2016 Volvo XC70

Changes to the 2016 Volvo XC70 are few but significant. New standard features include 18-inch wheels and heated front seats. The turbocharged 3.0-liter and normally aspirated 3.2-liter engines have been discontinued, replaced by the 2.5-liter turbocharged 5-cylinder from the XC60.

2015 Volvo XC70
What's new for 2015?
2015 Volvo XC70

The big news for the 2015 XC70 is the addition of a powerful yet efficient 4-cylinder engine/8-speed transmission setup that can be had instead of the wagon's 6-cylinder/6-speed offerings. Other changes include a standard power-operated passenger seat, and all-wheel drive as standard on 3.2-liter 6-cylinder models.

2014 Volvo XC70
What's new for 2014?
2014 Volvo XC70

For 2014, the Volvo XC70 gets a slight front and rear-end freshening, some new equipment and a revised interior including a new adaptive digital instrument cluster on T6 models. Cyclist Detection is added to the Technology Package while the Climate Package adds a heated windshield and steering wheel.

2013 Volvo XC70
What's new for 2013?
2013 Volvo XC70

For 2013, the Volvo XC70 gets some minor equipment upgrades. Rain-sensing wipers, headlight washers and Tunnel-Sensing headlights are added across the line. A Sport mode is added to the T6's automatic transmission and depending on packages, keyless entry and starting, xenon headlights and Road Sign Information are now available.

2012 Volvo XC70
What's new for 2012?
2012 Volvo XC70

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.

2011 Volvo XC70
What's new for 2011?
2011 Volvo XC70

For 2011, a new front-wheel-drive model, the base Volvo XC70 3.2, joins line-up. Both the naturally-aspirated and turbocharged engines see a gain in horsepower and torque. Sirius Satellite Radio is now standard, while a rear park assist camera has been added to the Multimedia package.

2010 Volvo XC70
What's new for 2010?
2010 Volvo XC70

Some minor trim upgrades and new package options mark the big changes for 2010. A new PZEV (Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle) 3.2-liter V6 is now available in certain states. The PZEV engine reduces engine emissions, but also reduces engine output from 235 to 225 horsepower.

2009 Volvo XC70
What's new for 2009?
2009 Volvo XC70

A T6 trim joins the base 3.2 model. It features a 281-horsepower turbocharged engine, 17-inch wheels and visible dual exhaust pipes. Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity is now standard equipment.

2008 Volvo XC70
What's new for 2008?
2008 Volvo XC70

Despite a trend toward large crossover SUVs, Volvo's third-generation XC70 reiterates the Swedish manufacturer's commitment to the station wagon set. With only a handful of premium brand wagons available to consumers, the XC70 is poised to capture both safety-conscious families and active-lifestyle individuals.

2007 Volvo XC70
What's new for 2007?
2007 Volvo 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.

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Consumer Reviews

Significant reliability issues

By on Monday, December 12, 2011

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,500

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Lots of great features, very comfortable"

Cons: "Software glitch that they cannot fix"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"Have had the car for only 4 months and have had it in the shop 5 times already. Some minor issues, but the recurring major issue is that the "low oil" light comes on every few thousand miles. Generally the oil is fine, and they have upgraded the software twice, soon to be three times as the car is having the issue as I write this. But as there doesn't seem to be a fix, you basically have to allow an extra 20 minutes to get anywhere in case you have to stop and check the oil. Or alternatively, you essentially lose your low oil warning feature because you ignore it and continue driving (at the risk that this time the oil is actually low). Having this reliability issue at this price point is inconceivable."

60 people out of 65 found this review helpful

Great car - expensive

By on Tuesday, July 13, 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
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

"This is our 3rd XC70 - 2000SE, 2004 XC70 and this 2008 XC70. I like this one best. The 04 seemed to have better performance (sort of, it did have a turbo). This on is sluggish on the freeway onramps and passing, BUT if you use high octane fuel it performs MUCH better and even gets 2 mpg better! Have not worked the calculator on that one, we just use the cheap stuff 99% of the time. LIKES: Keyless entry, fold up mirrors when you lock the doors, power tailgate, fantastic upgraded stereo (although my BMW logic 7 will blow this one's doors off), super leather seating, each seat is comfortable, confident driving feel, superb safety features (like the sensor that tells you an accident is eminent and brakes, lights up the lower windshield and beeps like an airplane), this is a BIG car - like driving my Dad's '72 Cadillac - only with that tight European feel, distinctive look inside and out, a winner! DISLIKES: No bluetooth (really?), sometimes the power mirrors don't open up when you open a door other than the drivers door or do not use the keyfob to unlock the car, 16mpg city and 21mpg highway (Mr. leadfoot I am), optimistic outside thermometer (reads 118 on a 95 degree day at start up), makes funny whiring sounds sometimes - the power rear liftgate seems to strain to open and close, the auto a/c makes silly sounds while adjusting vents, etc. and a whinny sound at a cold startup. Lastly, I bought a full service plan for 36 months at $600 - RIP OFF ... I would buy this car again, my wife LOVES it, kids are rough on it, dog (70lb) loves the "head out the window" routine ... great piece of machinery, at 3 years it cleans up great and looks nearly new after a car wash."

16 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Good all around vehicle

By on Wednesday, March 21, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "quieter ride better vision"

Cons: "none so far"

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

"traded a cadillac SRX for this XC70. Much quieter and more comfortable. Also much better gas mileage"

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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