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1999 Volvo S70 Review

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Reviewed by Automotive on 8/2/1999


The 1999 Volvo S70 classifies as a midsize luxury sedan manufactured by the Swedish automaker Volvo. It replaces the Volvo 850, which saw production from 1993 to 1997.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan

Engines: 2.4-liter I-5, 2.4-liter turbocharged I-5, 2.3-liter I-5

Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual

Models: Volvo S70, Volvo S70 GLT, Volvo S70 T5

What’s New

The 1999 Volvo S70 gets an all-wheel drive option along with a number of safety, performance, and styling changes. In terms of performance, the car has a new engine management system and an improved braking system that includes electronic brake force distribution and four-channel ABS.

In terms of safety, the 1999 Volvo S70 gets dual-stage deployment airbags for the front seats and head-protecting side airbags for the front and rear. In terms of styling, the sedan features a new grille emblem along with body-colored door handles, bumpers, mirrors, and side moldings.


The 1999 Volvo S70 looks very different from its predecessor, the Volvo 850, and from older Volvo models. The sedan has more rounded edges, clear indicator lenses, color-coded bumpers, and the Volvo “family face? up front.

The sedan sits on a wheelbase of 104.9 inches and 104.5 inches for the all-wheel-drive model. The length of the car measures 185.9 inches, while the width reaches 69.3 inches, and it stands 55.2 inches tall.


One of the biggest problems with Volvos and other Swedish cars concerns the power buttons that always sit on the center console, which some people cannot tolerate. Fortunately, the 1999 Volvo S70 has its power windows and power door lock buttons conveniently on the door armrests.

The controls for the radio and climate control system seems very well placed and easier to use than the 850, as well. However, many controls sit inconveniently behind the steering wheel, making them a little difficult to operate.

The front seats of the 1999 Volvo S70 offer lots of space, but the rear seats lack enough legroom and shoulder width. Nevertheless, they seat two adults with comfort. Cargo space seems generous in the 1999 Volvo S70, with 15.1 cubic feet to offer.

Performance Handling

The 1999 Volvo S70 base model contains a 2.4-liter, five-cylinder engine that delivers 162 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. The GLT model and the all-wheel-drive models get a turbocharged version of the same engine that delivers 190 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque. The performance-oriented T5 has a turbocharged 2.3-liter, straight-five engine that delivers 236 horsepower and 243 lb-ft of torque.

The base engine provides just enough acceleration to the S70 for highway drives and for most other purposes. For those who want more acceleration, the turbocharged straight-five engine remains available too. Both turbo engines offer outstanding acceleration and passing power, although it experiences a turbo lag at slower speeds.

These two engines work best with the automatic transmission.

The 1999 Volvo S70 has stable handling characteristics and exhibits minimal body lean around turns. It also holds a strong grip on the road. The overall ride quality varies from model to model.

The base and GLT models have a soft suspension and a smooth ride, while the T5 uses a stiffer suspension that makes for a bumpier ride.


The 1999 Volvo S70 comes with a number of safety features, including dual-stage airbags, side-impact airbags, and four-channel anti-lock brakes. Results from collision tests remain unavailable for the sedan.

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