2004 Volvo V70

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Key Specs

of the 2004 Volvo V70. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

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

The Bad

  • Steering effort
  • Navigation system

Notable Features of the 2004 Volvo V70

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

2004 Volvo V70 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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.

Exterior
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.

Int...
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.

Exterior
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.

Interior
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
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

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Love my V70R

by Anne from Wake Forest, NC on August 7, 2018

I wish this car would last forever! Six speed manual V70R that I purchased new back in 2004. Love the comfortable seats, acceleration, steering and handling. It is still going strong at 180,000+ miles ... Read full review

(5.0)

Great car to I going to buy another

by Tspoon from MAYWOOD on July 20, 2018

Yes this vehicle is great any and everything I had to do it good on gas it very reliable heart safety vehicle and going to buy another one Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2004 Volvo V70 currently has 5 recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The V70 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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