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By Jim Flammang
September 8, 2005
Vehicle Overview Volvo's larger front-wheel-drive wagon comes only in 2.4 and 2.5T trims for 2006; the performance-oriented T5 edition has been dropped. Rear park assist is now part of the Convenience Package for the 2.4 wagon rather than a stand-alone option. Several other stand-alone options, including leather seating surfaces, bi-xenon headlights and a moonroof, have been dropped in the 2.5T model. Sixteen-inch wheels replace the prior 15-inchers in the 2.4 wagon.
Mild revisions marked V70s in the 2004 model year. The mirrors were redesigned to reduce wind noise, and new ZF rack-and-pinion steering was installed. For 2005, new headlamps and taillamps adopted transparent lenses, and a waterfall-style grille was installed.
Volvo also offers a smaller V50 wagon and an all-wheel-drive XC70 wagon with certain sport utility vehicle-like characteristics. A high-performance V70 R wagon is also available. (Skip to details on the:
Exterior Rounded front corners resemble those of Volvo's S80 sedan, but the rear half retains the straight lines and body profile of a traditional wagon. Clear-lens headlights are installed. The 2.5T wagon has chrome accents inlayed into the color-coordinated front bumper.
All V70 wagons ride a 108.5-inch wheelbase and measure 185.4 inches long overall. Fog lamps are mounted on the 2.5T wagon. A power moonroof is optional. Both models can be equipped with optional 17-inch wheels.
Interior Each V70 seats up to five occupants on two front buckets and a three-place, 60/40-split rear bench seat. A rear-facing third-row seat is available. Cargo capacity is 37.4 cubic feet with the backseat raised, but that space grows to 71.4 cubic feet when the seat is folded down. A cassette/CD audio system is standard, and Sirius Satellite Radio is optional.
Volvo's navigation system and a power passenger's seat are optional on the 2.5T wagon. Rear park assist, leather seats, integrated rear child booster seats and heated front seats also are offered.
Under the Hood Buyers can choose between two inline-five-cylinder engines in non-R V70s. The 2.4 wagon uses a 168-horsepower 2.4-liter that teams with either a five-speed-manual or five-speed-automatic transmission. The 2.5T model gets a turbocharged 2.5-liter that produces 208 hp and 236 pounds-feet of torque. The 2.5T works only with a five-speed Geartronic automatic. Premium fuel is recommended for both engines.
Safety Safety features in the V70 include all-disc antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, side-impact and side curtain-type airbags, and Volvo's Whiplash Protection Seating System. Daytime running lights are standard. Volvo's Dynamic Stability and Traction Control electronic stability system is optional on non-R V70s.
Driving Impressions Despite the loss of the T5, Volvo's thoroughly civilized and tightly constructed wagons offer engine choices to suit various driving needs. Steering is on the heavy side, but it's not ponderous. These wagons are stable on the highway and corner well, but they aren't snappy in urban driving.�
V70 R Introduced as a 2004 model, the V70 R uses a 300-hp, turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-five-cylinder that teams with a six-speed-manual gearbox. For 2006, a new six-speed automatic with Geartronic operation is available. The new automatic cuts 0-to-60-mph acceleration time from 7.4 to 6.5 seconds; a manual-shift V70 R reaches 60 mph in a claimed 5.6 seconds.
According to Volvo, the new standard Haldex Instant Traction all-wheel-drive system "instantaneously delivers up to 50 percent more torque to the rear axle only when needed." A Convenience Package has replaced the V70 R's Touring Package.
Rear park assist is available. Volvo also offers a high-performance S60 R sedan with the same drivetrain. Back to top