The base price of our test car was $35,595. Standard equipment included power windows, heated front seats, heated outside mirrors, power driver's seat with three-position memory, AM/FM stereo with compact disc player, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, cruise control and dual-zone automatic climate control. The only option was the Grand Touring sunroof package ($1,790) that brought the sticker price to $37,960. Warranty The standard warranty is for four years or 50,000 miles. Vehicles for The Star's week-long test drives are supplied by the auto manufacturers. Point: The V70 XC is a luxury alternative for folks who want the safety and security of all-wheel-drive, the hauling capacity of a station wagon and the maneuverability of a car. Counterpoint: The five-cylinder engine is a bit coarse at high rpm, and dry-road handling is somewhat reduced by the XC's taller-than-normal stance. SPECIFICATIONS: ENGINE: 2.4-liter, 5-cyl. TRANSMISSION: automatic WHEELBASE: 104.3 inches CURB WEIGHT: 3,768 lbs. BASE PRICE: $35,595 PRICE AS DRIVEN: $37,960 MPG RATING: 18 city, 24 hwy.