The 2013 Volvo XC70 testifies to just how much Volvo has changed over the years. It stands as the final Volvo station wagon, which is particularly significant when considering that station wagons catapulted the brand onto the global map decades ago. Even if the 2013 Volvo XC70 brings some nostalgia, it deserves to stand on its own merits and capably blends the functionality of the station wagon with the chic styling of an entry-level luxury vehicle. Drivers have the option of choosing between two trim levels, each of which boasts a completely different engine and three different styles. Volvo offers many different options and these quickly escalate the price comfortably into the luxury automobile range. Those looking for a luxury vehicle with Volvo’s famous reliability and safety features no doubt find the 2013 Volvo XC70 an attractive option.
New For 2013
Keyless Drive, rain-sensing windshield wipers, tunnel-detecting headlights, and headlight washers come standard for 2013, as does a new, illuminated gearshift lever. Technology package-equipped cars now have road-sign information and automatic high-beams. Two new exterior colors include magic blue metallic and twilight bronze metallic.
The exterior of the 2013 Volvo XC70 looks virtually unrecognizable when placed alongside the boxy Volvo wagons of yore. The XC70 has a higher ground clearance, which makes it almost more similar to a sport utility vehicle than a station wagon. The curved lights in the rear resemble those of the XC90 SUV, and overall, the car has a highly contemporary, fluid appearance. While it is true that the 16-inch wheels look anything but sporty, the curved shape reflects Volvo’s effort to look contemporary.
Interior & Cargo
Volvo includes a number of features on the 2013 XC70, and this is necessary to justify the vehicle’s high price tag. However, it should also be noted that on the base trim includes many more features for the driver than the passenger. The base XC70 comes with power windows, doors, and locks. Drivers appreciate the eight-way adjustable power driver’s seat. Although the passenger seat on the base trim only adjusts four ways, upgrading to the Premier style brings eight-way adjustable passenger seats. Lumbar support also comes standard for drivers and upgrading to the Premier gives passengers lumbar support as well. One deterrent to the interior is that cloth upholstery comes standard on all models except the Premier.
It is clear that the 2013 Volvo XC70 keeps families in mind. Young families appreciate the two rear child seats that come standard on all styles and trims. The rear also offers a decent amount of room, even for adolescents, as it provides 34.6 inches of rear legroom. Those in the front, meanwhile, enjoy a full 41.7 inches of legroom.
Volvo has gone to great lengths to ensure that the 2013 XC70 comes equipped with a wealth of safety features, ranging from the standard ones found on most cars to more distinctive Volvo offerings. Where other car manufacturers are known more for their performance, Volvo builds its reputation largely on its safety capabilities and the 2013 Volvo XC70 does not disappoint in this regard. All trims come standard with front, side, and side-curtain airbags. Anti-lock brakes also come standard, along with traction and stability control. The more distinctive Volvo features include adaptive cruise control and a lane-departure warning, both of which make the XC70 a wise choice for the highway. Those who do the bulk of their driving in the city can take full advantage of the pedestrian-detection system and blind spot monitoring. Another valuable feature is the navigation system, which comes with the 3.2 Platinum. Night driving gets easier with illuminated entry, and a panic alarm protects the XC70 from theft.
The 2013 Volvo XC70 does not offer the most exciting driving experience, although it should be more than satisfactory for families. The base 3.2 obviously comes with a 3.2-liter engine, and it offers a V-6 with 240 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile, upgrading to the T6 brings a 3.0-liter V-6 with 300 horsepower and 325 lb-ft. The six-speed automatic runs smoothly. Drivers have the option of either front drive or four-wheel drive, although the Premier offers only all-wheel drive.
The 2013 Volvo XC70 makes a great choice for families living in the suburbs, as the styling looks chic and contemporary enough for the city while still handling the more rigorous performance demands of the suburbs. Those who live in harsh climates can take full advantage of the four-wheel drive option, which comes at no extra cost. Fuel economy highlights another area in which the 2013 Volvo XC70 excels. Drivers get 18/24 mpg city/highway, although buyers should take note that figures are slightly higher for the all-wheel-drive model. The car also seems surprisingly adept at handling the highway. From a standstill, the T6 goes from zero to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Volvo XC70
- Audi Q5
- BMW X3
- Lincoln MKX
- Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class