2010 Volvo XC70

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2010 Volvo XC70
2010 Volvo XC70

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Sleek new cabin styling
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Standard stability system

The bad:

  • Excessive body cladding
  • No manual transmission

2 trims

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Notable features

  • New, lower-emissions six-cylinder engine
  • Standard AWD
  • Second-row booster seats

2010 Volvo XC70 review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
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.

Exterior
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.

  • Available 16-, 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard aluminum roof rails
  • Standard power, heated mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Optional power liftgate
  • Optional rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Optional bi-xenon headlights with articulating lenses

Interior
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.

  • Available cloth or leather seating
  • Standard dual-zone automatic climate control with backseat ventilation on B-pillar
  • Standard leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter
  • Optional navigation system with real-time traffic controls
  • Optional dual-screen entertainment system (screens integrated into headrests)
  • Optional 12-speaker surround-sound system

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.

  • 235-horsepower, 3.2-liter six-cylinder with 236 pounds-feet of torque
  • Optional 225-hp, 3.2-liter six-cylinder with 221 pounds-feet of torque
  • 281-hp, 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder with 295 pounds-feet of torque standard on T6
  • Standard six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift function
  • Standard all-wheel drive

Safety
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.

  • Standard side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Standard antilock braking system with hydraulic brake assist
  • Standard electronic stability and traction control
  • Optional adaptive cruise control
  • Optional lane departure warning system

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.4
  • Performance 4.1
  • Value for the money 4.0
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.1

Most recent consumer reviews

4.0

Supremely comfortable

This is my tenth Volvo I love a wagon and volvo makes the best just wish I could still get a manual. That being said Volvo seating is the epitome of comfort. Around 300+ horsepower with a polestar update makes it plenty fun

4.7

Transmission is quirky.

I like everything about this car, but the transmission slightly jumps forward when first starting out. It is a strange sensation. I also have a 2009 wagon that does not have this issue. I’ve only had the car a month and a half, but so far everything else is good. It’s a very comfortable car and I love the “dated” styling!

5.0

My car is like a trusty friend.

I take care of my car, and it takes care of me. I frequently have to drive long distances alone due to family matters, and need a reliable, practical vehicle that can "multi-task". I've owned other Volvos over the past forty years. I've also owned other cars, but was happy to come back to Volvo.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Volvo
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
Powertrain
N/A
Dealer certification required
170- plus point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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