2006 Volvo XC70

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Key Specs

of the 2006 Volvo XC70. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Performance under most conditions
  • Safety features
  • Rugged appearance
  • Highway ride and stability
  • Quietness and solid construction

The Bad

  • Tame but satisfactory handling
  • Lack of real SUV attributes
  • Extra ground clearance only marginally helpful

Notable Features of the 2006 Volvo XC70

  • Standard AWD
  • Turbocharged 208-hp inline-five-cylinder
  • SUV-like body trim
  • Elevated ground clearance
  • Geartronic five-speed automatic

2006 Volvo XC70 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Volvo blends wagon styling with a few quasi-sport utility vehicle attributes in the XC70. Specifically, the all-wheel-drive XC70 2.5T features a raised suspension and SUV-style body trim. The wagon has 2 more inches of ground clearance than other Volvo wagons and, like the V70, can be set up for either five- or seven-occupant seating.

New brushed-aluminum roof rails and an eggcrate grille went on 2005 XC70s. A trip computer and rear armrest became standard. The headlights and taillamps were restyled, new front and rear skid plates were installed, and flat-blade windshield wipers promised improved visibility.

For 2006, a new all-wheel-drive system with Instant Traction is installed. Volvo says the new system "instantly delivers up to 50 percent more torque to the rear axle," automatically and seamlessly. Four-C (Continuously Controlled Chassis Concept) information appears in the Driver Information Menu, if that option is included. The Convenience Package gains rear park assist, power child locks and a 40/20/40-split, folding rear seat.


Exterior
Closely related in design to Volvo's V70 model, the midsize XC70 wagon rides a 108.8-inch wheelbase and measures 186.3 inches long overall. Rounded front corners resemble those of Volvo's S80 sedan, but the rear half retains the straight lines and profile of a traditional wagon. Jewellike headlights flank an eggcrate grille.

Intended for only moderately rough trekking, the XC70 has large bumpers that are augmented ...
Vehicle Overview
Volvo blends wagon styling with a few quasi-sport utility vehicle attributes in the XC70. Specifically, the all-wheel-drive XC70 2.5T features a raised suspension and SUV-style body trim. The wagon has 2 more inches of ground clearance than other Volvo wagons and, like the V70, can be set up for either five- or seven-occupant seating.

New brushed-aluminum roof rails and an eggcrate grille went on 2005 XC70s. A trip computer and rear armrest became standard. The headlights and taillamps were restyled, new front and rear skid plates were installed, and flat-blade windshield wipers promised improved visibility.

For 2006, a new all-wheel-drive system with Instant Traction is installed. Volvo says the new system "instantly delivers up to 50 percent more torque to the rear axle," automatically and seamlessly. Four-C (Continuously Controlled Chassis Concept) information appears in the Driver Information Menu, if that option is included. The Convenience Package gains rear park assist, power child locks and a 40/20/40-split, folding rear seat.


Exterior
Closely related in design to Volvo's V70 model, the midsize XC70 wagon rides a 108.8-inch wheelbase and measures 186.3 inches long overall. Rounded front corners resemble those of Volvo's S80 sedan, but the rear half retains the straight lines and profile of a traditional wagon. Jewellike headlights flank an eggcrate grille.

Intended for only moderately rough trekking, the XC70 has large bumpers that are augmented by moldings around the wheel arches and lower body. The overfenders and lower rocker-panel cladding are offered in Stone Grey or Brown. Ground clearance measures 8.2 inches, which helps give the wagon an appearance similar to that of an authentic SUV. Alloy wheels hold 16-inch tires, and a moonroof is optional.


Interior
In basic form, the XC70 seats up to five occupants on two front buckets and a split, folding rear bench seat. An optional two-place, rear-facing third-row seat is designed to carry children. Leather seating surfaces are optional. Cargo capacity is 71.5 cubic feet when the backseat is folded and 37.5 cubic feet with all the seats up.

An in-dash cassette/CD player and a leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel are standard. Rain-sensing wipers are included in an available Climate Package, and a DVD-based navigation system is optional.


Under the Hood
The XC70's turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-five-cylinder delivers 208 horsepower and 236 pounds-feet of torque. Volvo's standard Geartronic five-speed-automatic transmission has a feature that permits manually selected gear changes.

Safety
Safety features include all-disc antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, side-impact and side curtain-type airbags, and Volvo's Whiplash Protection Seating System.

Driving Impressions
Serving as a thoroughly civilized, refined and tightly constructed road machine, the XC70 cruises effortlessly. A touch on the gas pedal can make this wagon practically leap ahead at times, whether it's taking off, passing or merging. On other occasions, acceleration feels less stirring.

Steering is on the heavy side but is hardly ponderous. Volvo's quiet-running wagons are stable on the highway and corner well, but they aren't snappy in urban driving. The XC70's firm suspension copes adeptly with bumps, and ride comfort is excellent on smooth roads. Even though you feel commotion on rough surfaces, little unpleasantness is transmitted to occupants.



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

very reliable

by jack from north easton on May 29, 2018

exceeded my expectations and fulfils my needs with acceptable efficiency ratings , safety ratings and reliability both the car and the dealer made buying a pleasure Read full review

(5.0)

My XC70 is the most comfortable car I've ever owne

by LAlovesVolvo from Portsmouth, VA on March 12, 2018

Volvo is a well-engineered, well-appointed vehicle with excellent maneuverability, gas mileage, and performance. The high performance engine can get you out of jam in a heartbeat, which is sometimes ... Read full review

Safety & 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 XC70 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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