When you think station wagons, you usually think Volvo. The V70 is the image of practicality, if not exactly a driving excitement.
While I think the V70 is handsome enough, I prefer the slightly more aggressive and stout look of its all-wheel-drive sibling, the XC70. The interior is mostly standard Volvo, although I did notice that the dashpad material is a nicely grained piece instead of the polka dot material found on our long-term C30 and in the C70. I do wish Volvo would supply two 12-volt accessory plugs like most other automakers.
The driving experience is perfect for someone who's not very into driving; the steering is numb, power is sufficient but not impressive, and the suspension is soft enough that there's a hint of body roll when you push it. But then again, you're not supposed to push a Volvo wagon.
David Gluckman, Web Producer