2004 Volvo V70

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2004 Volvo V70

Key specs

Base trim shown


The good:

  • Refinement
  • Construction quality
  • Safety features
  • Available AWD
  • Versatility

The bad:

  • Steering effort
  • Navigation system

5 trims

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Notable features

  • New high-performance V70 R wagon
  • Four regular V70 models
  • FWD or AWD
  • Turbo or non-turbocharged engine

2004 Volvo V70 review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Volvo’s midsize V70 wagons went on sale, in mildly revised forms, as early 2004 models. The mirrors have been redesigned to reduce wind noise, new 15-inch alloy wheels are used, and new ZF rack-and-pinion steering is installed. A new instrument panel features watch-bezel gauge surrounds, a color-coordinated steering wheel is new, and the flip-style key has integrated remote control. A new V70 Titanium Edition has Amathea alloy wheels and silver roof rails and moldings.

After launching its all-wheel-drive XC (Cross Country) model in 2001, which features an additional 2 inches of ground clearance, Volvo introduced the all-wheel-drive V70 wagon for the 2002 model year. At the Paris Motor Show in September 2002, the Swedish automaker introduced a high-performance V70 R wagon.

The base engine in the V70 2.4 is a 168-horsepower, 2.4-liter inline-five-cylinder. A 208-hp, turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-five goes into the 2.5T and 2.5T AWD. Stepping up another notch is the high-performance T5 version, which uses a turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-five that packs 247 hp. Volvo’s Dynamic Stability Traction Control electronic stability system is standard on the T5 and optional on other models.

The V70’s rounded front corners resemble those on the S80 sedan, but the rear half retains the straight lines and body profile of a traditional wagon. All V70 wagons ride a 108.5-inch wheelbase and measure 185.4 inches long overall. A moonroof is available.

The V70 seats five people on two front buckets and a three-place 60/40-split rear bench seat. Cargo capacity is 37.5 cubic feet with the backseat raised, and that space increases to 71.5 cubic feet when the seat is folded down. An eight-way power driver’s seat and dual-zone electronic climate control are standard on all models but the V70 2.4, which uses a manual system. A CD/cassette audio system is standard.

Under the Hood
Buyers can choose between several inline-five-cylinder engines. The 2.4 wagon uses a 168-hp 2.4-liter that teams with either a five-speed-manual or five-speed-automatic transmission. (In California, this engine’s output is 165 hp to meet SULEV [Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle] standards.) The 2.5 models get a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine that produces 208 hp, and it mates only with the automatic. Sport-minded shoppers may choose the T5 wagon, which is equipped with a 247-hp, high-pressure-turbocharged 2.3-liter engine and a standard five-speed-manual gearbox. Volvo’s Geartronic automatic transmission, which permits manually selected gear changes, is optional for 2.5T and T5 models.

Safety features in the V70 include antilock brakes, side-impact airbags, side curtain-type airbags and a Whiplash Protection System that moves the front seats rearward in a collision. Traction control is included on front-wheel-drive models.

V70 R
Volvo unveiled a high-performance V70 R wagon that features Four-C (Continuously Controlled Chassis Concept) technology at the Paris Motor Show in September 2002. Three buttons on the instrument panel select Comfort, Sport or Advance Sport mode, and the settings can be updated 500 times per second. Introduced to the U.S. market at the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show in January 2003, the 2004 V70 R uses a 300-hp engine and either a Geartronic five-speed-automatic or six-speed-manual transmission. Volvo also offers a high-performance S60 R sedan with the same drivetrain.

Driving Impressions
Volvo’s wagons are thoroughly civilized and tightly constructed and have 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 enough, but they can’t be called snappy in urban driving.


Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com;
Posted on 9/26/03

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value for the money 4.4
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.2

Most recent consumer reviews


A good old trusty friend

I brought my 2002 v70 T5 back in 2012 for only 2k with 120,000 in the clock. I still have the now with 240,000 on the clock. The only thing I have had to fork out in is the new pencil coil packs, other than that all I do is give it a service once a year. It has been a good trusty car. Plus the power is great!


Most safest car i know !

I LOVE this car! Voted the most durable car and safest as well. I can totally attest to that ! I was hit by a semitruck going about 15 to 20 miles an hour in inclement weather ,! This impact only left two imprints from his tags and a slightly cracked tail light. WOW. Literally his grill covered my entire back window. OMG


Owned for about a year now, couldn't be happier

I love this car; it's not the coolest looking car and I get crap from my friends who think it's ugly but honestly I don't care! This car is extremely versatile in what it can do, and with an upgraded stereo face the sound system is also quite enjoyable. The back seats can fold down flat which lets you move a lot of stuff really easily. It gets great gas mileage that's on par with an average sedan (of it's time) but has most of the benefits of a small SUV too. I traveled from Seattle to LA to Dallas in one 4 day trip when the car had 130,000 miles on it. I was able to lay down completely flat in the back (I'm 6' tall) and still have room for all the stuff I needed to transport with me on that trip. The car never had a single problem on the road trip whatsoever, no overheating or anything. I was smart and got the oil changed and the car inspected right before the trip, and had the same thing done after the trip too just in case and both inspections yielded no flaws at all. The car accelerates and responds to the controls very quickly, and has a lot of automatic features like the thermostat controls in the cabin as well as the wipers. I wouldn't mind a flashier sports car but I fully intend on maintaining this car to the best of my ability until it just can't go anymore. Volvo cars that are well maintained have a tendency to stay on the road for a very long time so I think I'll be keeping this for several more years!

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Volvo
New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
96 months/unlimited distance
48 months/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Less than 5 years/less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
5 years/unlimited miles , upgradeable up to 10 years
Dealer certification required
170- plus point inspection
Roadside assistance
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