2010 Volvo XC70 Reviews
The XC70 is an off-road-themed version of Volvo's traditional V70 wagon. (The V70 is covered in a separate report.) The wagon comes with adjustable child booster seats in the second row. The XC70 competes with the Subaru Outback and Volkswagen Passat wagon. It is sold in 3.2 and T6 trim levels.
New for 2010
A new six-cylinder engine produces fewer emissions than the standard engine. It's optional on the 3.2 model.
The front of the XC70 features a new grille that looks similar to the one on Volvo's XC90 SUV. The nose of the wagon is distinguished from the V70 by its bright fog-light surrounds and dark bumper cladding. The wagon's cladding extends around the lower edge of the XC70's sides and around back to the rear bumper, where the XC70 has a flat-black treatment with a bright-colored section, compared with the V70's body-colored bumper. Ground clearance is 8.3 inches.
Exterior dimensions are fairly large: With a 190.5-inch length and 75.8-inch width, it has both a wider stance and more length than its competitors.
Like the V70, the five-seat XC70 has a simple dashboard layout with a thin center stack that houses audio and climate controls. Stylized trim pieces surround the dashboard air vents and console gear selector. The rear seats are split 40/20/40, and the outboard ones can be heated.
Passenger volume comes in at 98 cubic feet. Behind the rear bench, you'll find 33.3 cubic feet of cargo space. With those seats folded down, that balloons to 72 cubic feet.
Under the Hood
What makes the difference between the V70 and XC70 is the latter's all-wheel-drive system. Volvo's Four-C driver-adjustable suspension system is available. Hill descent control is designed to keep the XC70's speed at 6 mph when traversing challenging terrain. For 2010, 3.2 models also get the option of a six-cylinder engine that produces fewer emissions than the standard six-cylinder. That engine is classified as a Partial-credit Zero Emissions Vehicle.
Collision Warning with Brake Support and a blind spot warning system are two safety features available in the XC70. CWBS uses a light and sound to warn the driver if it senses a collision may occur, and it applies the brakes if the driver doesn't respond to the alert. The blind spot system, meanwhile, keeps tabs on cars on either side of the XC70. Volvo's WHIPS technology is designed to cradle front occupants during a rear-impact crash.