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By Rick Popely
June 20, 2001
Vehicle Overview Volvos midsize wagon has a new design for 2001. The new V70 went on sale in spring 2000 in front-drive form and was joined in the summer by an all-wheel-drive XC (Cross Country) model.
The new V70 is roomier inside and bigger outside than last years model because it is built on the S80 sedan platform, Volvos largest model. Safety features abound: Standard equipment includes antilock brakes, side-impact airbags to protect the chest, curtain-type airbags for the head and the Whiplash Protection System, which moves the front seats rearward in a collision.
Exterior The biggest dimensional change is in wheelbase, which grows 3.6 inches to 108.5. The overall length on the new V70 is 185.4 inches, a half an inch shorter than last years version. The V70 has more rounded front corners this year, like the S80 sedan, but as a wagon it retains the traditional straight lines and boxy shape at the rear.
The XC model has 8.2 inches of ground clearance, 2 inches more than other models and about the same as many sport utility vehicles. Larger bumpers, fog lights, and moldings around the wheel arches and lower body give the XC a quasi-SUV appearance.
Interior Seats for five are standard in all V70 models, with a pair of front buckets and a three-place, 60/40-split rear bench seat. The cargo capacity is 37 cubic feet behind the rear seat and 71 cubic feet with it folded. The XC comes with a 40/20/40-split rear seat with a removable center section. This seat also folds to increase cargo capacity.
A two-place, rear-facing auxiliary seat is optional and designed to carry children who weigh 50 to 88 pounds and are up to 55 inches tall. Also optional are hooks for grocery bags, a cargo net and a removable cargo cover.
Under the Hood Three five-cylinder engines are available in the V70 line. The base model comes with a 2.4-liter with 168 horsepower and a choice of five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmissions. The 2.4T and XC models use a light-pressure turbocharged 2.4-liter with 197 hp and a standard five-speed automatic transmission. The sporty T5 comes with a high-pressure 2.3-liter with 247 hp and a standard five-speed manual.
A five-speed automatic called Geartronic that allows manual gear shifts is standard on the XC and optional on the 2.4T and T5. All models except the all-wheel-drive XC have front-wheel drive.
Traction control is optional on the base model, and Dynamic Stability Control, a lateral-skid control system, is optional on the 2.4T and T5.