2010 will be the third year that the V70 has been produced and this model still stands strong as Volvos flagship station wagon model. There are very few companies that still build a strong lineup of station wagons. However, as some companies drop the station wagon line altogether to be replaced with crossover models and smaller sports hatchbacks the Volvo company still brings many options to consumers in this form factor. The price of the new V70 is competitive with other big name station wagons like the ever popular Subaru Outback. Starting at only $34,000 this may be one of the most economical lines that Volvo offers today.
The V70 comes with a 3.2 inline six cylinder engine in the standard edition which produces 235 horsepower. This engine is well matched with the Volvo GearTronic 6 speed automatic transmission that gives a smooth drive and almost unnoticeable shifting. The V70 is most definitely developed to be a family vehicle and is even the first car to offer a built in child booster seat to make managing the whole family even easier.
Body style: 4-door wagon
Engines: 3.2L I-6
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic
Models: 3.2, 3.2 R-Design
The V70’s big news is its new R-Design model, which brings with it a series of attractive visual embellishments as well some suspension mods designed to tighten-up the handling. Among the latter is a 0.8-inch lower ride height and 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped with 245/40R18 tires. Visually, the R-Design is distinguished by a spoiler atop the tailgate, a ‘silk metal’ surfacing of the grille, and black window frames.
With the exception of perhaps Subaru, few other makes who offer the station wagon configuration take it as seriously as Volvo. Hence, its flagship wagon is thoughtful design that’s attractive in a sober, conservative way.
Reflecting its reserved exterior design, the V70’s interior is both tasteful and functional. Among the latter are highly ergonomic controls for the ventilation and audio systems, triple-spit rear seatbacks and ‘ortho-posture’ front seat designs.
Ordinarily you don’t have high performance expectations from a station wagon, but with its new R-Design model, the V70 has improved handling to crow about. The V70 R-Design’s 245/40R18 tires, lower ride height, and firmer suspension attest to this. However, the power available from both the standard 3.2 and 3.2 R- Design provides an estimated 0-60 mph time of 7.8 seconds – not slow, but not exactly thrilling, either.
Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the NHTSA offer independent crash results for V70. However, being a Volvo, the V70 is replete with safety features including whiplash-protection headrests, and blind-spot hazard detection — a feature Volvo played an active role in developing.
3.2 and 3.2 R-Design: 18 mpg city /27 mpg highway (automatic)
- Clean looking, inside and out
- Innovative and effective safety features
- A wagon created by wagon experts
- Thoughtful ergonomic controls
- Premium price
- Base model exterior a bit plain
New R-Design edition enlivens model
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