Volvo has long been known for two things: extremely safe cars and ultrareliable wagons. Sadly, with the recent departures of the V50 and V70, Volvo appears to be relegating its wagons (at least in the U.S. market) to the dustbin of history. The XC70 is the last Volvo that resembles a wagon, but Volvo qualifies it as a crossover that slots between the XC60 and the XC90. The XC70’s wagon roots shine through the crossover moniker, however, with its long, low body and the availability of a front-wheel-drive model powered by the base 3.2-liter in-line six. The same turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder that makes an appearance elsewhere in Volvo’s lineup (S60, S80, XC60) is mated to a four-wheel-drive system. The XC70’s updated interior includes a larger screen for the infotainment system–a big upgrade from the previous retracting screen–as well as a revised center console similar to the one in the S60 sedan. Volvo’s City Safety system automatically applies the brakes if it senses a collision and is standard equipment. A slew of other active and passive safety features are included, and blind-spot monitoring is optional. The XC70 is a family-friendly vehicle with available rear-seat DVD screens and integrated booster seats that can be raised to two different heights for children of all sizes.
Drive: Front-wheel, 4-wheel
Trim levels: 3.2, 3.2 Premier, 3.2 Premier Plus,
3.2 Platinum, T6 AWD, T6 AWD Premier Plus,
T6 AWD Platinum
Body style: SUV/crossover, 5-passenger
Engines: 3.0L turbo I-6, 300 hp, 325 lb-ft
3.2L I-6, 240 hp, 236 lb-ft
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Passenger volume: 97.6 cu ft
Capacities: Towing 3300 lb; cargo (rear seats
up/down) 33.3/72.1 cu ft
The City Safety collision avoidance system is standard, as is a fixed seven-inch navigation screen. Premier, Premier Plus, and Platinum trim levels are new. Premier Plus nets keyless drive and rear park assist; Platinum adds a premium sound system and a navigation system. Exterior changes are limited to eighteen-inch aluminum wheels.
Front, side, and side curtain air bags; ABS; traction and stability control; and a tire-pressure monitoring system are standard, as is the City Safety crash-avoidance system. Adaptive cruise control, a pedestrian-detection system, lane-departure warning, and blind-spot monitoring are optional.
All: 18 mpg city/24-25 mpg highway
- Crossover capability without crossover size
- Attractive, high-quality interior
- Unintuitive nav controls
The last Volvo wagon.
- Audi Q5
- BMW X3
- Lincoln MKX
- Mercedes-Benz GLK-class