I like the Volvo V70 but don't even begin to think it is at all exciting. The wagon goes down the road well, is loaded with safety features (it even comes standard with integrated child booster seats), and has a ton of space. I keep thinking back to when Volvo ran 850 wagons in the British Touring Car Championship, and I hope that the brand will once again inject a bit of enthusiasm into their cars, but it doesn't look like it's going to happen. My bigger issue with the V70 is its fuel economy. A 16 city/24 highway rating just isn't good enough. Why does the 700 pound heavier, all-wheel-drive Audi A6 wagon earn better EPA numbers? Plus, this Volvo's inline-six isn't very smooth or powerful. The V70 is a perfect candidate for a diesel or a low-pressure turbo gasoline engine. Funny, Volvo has a decent turbocharged five-cylinder that they use in the S60 sedan and that car achieves an EPA estimate of 19 mpg city and 28 highway. Volvo used this engine in the last V70 and it worked well. Why not offer it again?
Marc Noordeloos, Road Test Editor