Vehicle Overview

The XC70 is an off-road-themed wagon. Adjustable child booster seats in the second row are available. The XC70 competes with the Subaru Outback and Volkswagen Passat wagon. It's sold in 3.2 and turbocharged T6 trim levels.

New for 2011
A new front-wheel-drive version of the 3.2 trim joins the all-wheel-drive model, and Sirius Satellite Radio is now standard.

The front of the XC70 features a grille that looks similar to the one on Volvo's XC90 SUV. The nose of the wagon is distinguished by bright fog-light surrounds and dark bumper cladding. The wagon's cladding extends around the lower edge of the XC70's sides and back to the rear bumper, where the XC70 has a flat-black treatment. Ground clearance is 8.3 inches.

Exterior dimensions are fairly large. At 190.5 inches long and 75.8 inches wide, the XC70 has both a wider stance and greater length than its competitors. Exterior features include:

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

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. Interior features include:

  • 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
  • Optional dual-screen entertainment system (screens integrated into head restraints)
  • Optional 12-speaker surround-sound system

Under the Hood
The T6 trim includes hill descent control, which is designed to keep the XC70's speed at 6 mph when traversing challenging terrain. Additionally, both of the XC70's six-cylinder engines make slightly more power for 2011. Other mechanical features include:

  • 240-horsepower, 3.2-liter six-cylinder with 236 pounds-feet of torque
  • Optional 300-hp, 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder with 325 pounds-feet of torque (T6)
  • Standard six-speed automatic transmission with clutchless-manual mode
  • Both engines use regular gas

Collision Warning with Auto Brake and a blind spot warning system are two safety features available in the XC70. CWAB 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 whiplash-prevention technology is designed to cradle front occupants during a rear-impact crash. Other safety features include:

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