2008 Volvo V70/XC70 – First Drive Review – Car Reviews – Car and Driver

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2008 Volvo V70/XC70

The new clothes.

This isn’t the time Volvo has produced an car that looks just its predecessor. Clearly, the Swedish of sensible sedans and wagons is of alienating its clientele.

Volvo the ’08 V70 as the ultimate wagon, if our memory serves, is what it about the last one. It is that the folks who buy Volvos are not terribly sensitive to fashion. And are only so many ways to a sedan-based wagon, if, as Volvo it has to have class-leading load and room to accommodate a household machine without folding the

The designers did their best to up the identifiers of the new V70#x2014;the revised new light units, black and the sculpted liftgate#x2014;but to no avail: See one up behind, and it’s hard to if it’s a new V70 or the previous model. also hard to know how improvement there has been one to the other, despite a new front- and architecture shared with the S80

This is the first V70 to have a engine. The 235-hp, 3.2-liter is the same as the S80’s, but the 282-hp, turbocharged version makes its in the wagon. The V70 engines are mounted and coupled with the compact six-speed automatic transmission Volvo calls Geartronic.

It’s neither as smooth nor as as the ZF six-speed used by most of rivals.

The naturally aspirated is a sweet engine but quite a bit than the turbo (0 to 62 mph in 8.4 seconds 7.2). The more powerful restricted to the T6 model, comes with all-wheel drive, a Haldex clutch pack to torque front and rear.

The V70 inherits the chassis and safety introduced with the S80#x2014;adaptive with three positions, steering effort (low, and high), radar-based collision and blind-spot warning. Volvo you to decide on the best steering and setup, but no combination is entirely The result is that the V70, the S80, lacks a character of its

Functionally, it is fine. A bigger car its predecessor, the V70 has 2.4 inches added to the and 4.5 inches to overall length, more legroom front and The S80-like cabin has a logical and pleasing furnishings, and the load bay can be with a variety of hooks and including a slide-out floor and rack.

As before, there’s an XC70 that is virtually identical to the V70, even if it looks rugged and macho. All versions of the have four-wheel drive, and the clearance is raised to 8.3 inches. research shows that are more often used than the XC90 SUV, is why the excellent hill-descent control is a feature.

The XC70 went on sale in we expect the V70 just after the of the year, but there are no plans for a R version.

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