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2004 Volvo V70 Review

Volvo comfort and safety in a traditional wagon.

Reviewed by Automotive on 1/1/2004


The 2004 Volvo V70 classifies as a midsize, five-door station wagon that has been produced and sold by Sweden-based Volvo Cars since 1997. The 2004 wagon falls into the second generation, which began with the introduction of a redesigned V70 in 2001 for North American markets. This new generation uses the P2 chassis and does away with the boxy shape that prevailed in the previous generation of the V70.

The 2004 Volvo V70 continues with the redesign, showing a curvy profile like that of the S40 and S60 series and a more aggressively designed front end.

The Range

Body Styles: five-door wagon

What’s New



The Volvo V70 seats up to five people, with two front bucket seats and a 60/40-split folding bench at the rear. The front seats offer wide and lush seats and ample legroom. The rear seats, however, may not have enough legroom for taller passengers. The short cushion also lacks thigh support. Cargo capacity totals 37.5 cubic feet with the rear seats raised, but it increases to 71.5 cubic feet after folding down the rear seat.

The driver’s seat comes fitted with an eight-way power adjustment system, and a dual-zone electronic climate control system has also been installed inside all models of the 2004 Volvo V70, except for the base, which uses a manual system.

Performance Handling

The 2004 Volvo V70 offers a number of different five-cylinder engines. The base engine, a 2.4-liter five-cylinder, delivers 168 horsepower and mates to a five-speed manual gearbox or a five-speed automatic. In California, the output of the engine is curbed at 165 horsepower to meet Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (SULEV) standards. This engine; however, has sluggish acceleration. The next option, a turbocharged 2.5-liter, delivers 208 horsepower and mates with an automatic transmission.

Unlike the base 2.4-liter engine, the turbocharged engine has more than adequate acceleration.

For those looking for more performance, the high-pressure, turbocharged, 2.3-liter five-cylinder with a standard five-speed manual gearbox delivers 247 horsepower. This engine and the 2.5-liter, turbocharged engine offer an optional Geartronic automatic transmission that offers manually selected gear changes. Ride quality feels softest on the base 2.4, but the version with the 2.5-liter engine provides a better balance of firmness and compliance.

Overall, the 2004 Volvo V70 offers a civilized and refined driving experience, and there seems to be enough engine options to meet the needs of any customer.

Steering feels a little numb, but shows little delay in response. The wagon performs well on the highway and while maneuvering through city streets and corners. Nevertheless, the V70 lacks the elegance present in other European vehicles, and it can be a bit ponderous in urban situations.


The 2004 Volvo V70 includes safety features, such as side-impact airbags, anti-lock brakes, side-curtain airbags, and a Whiplash Protection System that moves the front seats backwards in the event of a frontal-impact collision. All four-wheel-drive versions get traction control. Of course, it goes without saying that the 2004 Volvo V70 ranks among the safest vehicles in its class.

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