2014 Volvo XC70 – Specifications, Pictures, Prices

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2014 Volvo XC70

Life Aboard

Upholding the comfort end of the equation is a coddling cabin complete with some of the most comfortable seats ever fitted to an automobile. Volvo’s tastefully minimalistic floating center console adds a bit of style, while those looking to haul copious amounts of cargo will appreciate the capacious trunk area: 33.3 cubic feet are available with the rear seats upright, while 72.1 cubic inches are available with them folded down.

The instrument cluster consists of an analog speedometer flanked by four digital gauges. All models come equipped with a thin-film transistor (TFT) screen that can be configured to provide vital information about the car and its surroundings.

All XC70s regardless of trim level come standard with a dash-mounted seven-inch color touch screen that runs Volvo#039;s Sensus infotainment system. Sensus groups the car#039;s connectivity, entertainment and navigation (if equipped) functions into a single easy-to-use unit that can also be controlled with buttons on the center stack and a voice command feature.

Under The Hood

Power comes from either the standard 3.2-liter straight six-cylinder gasoline engine producing 240 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque, or a turbocharged T6 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that is good for 300 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque. An available Polestar engine upgrade increases the output of the later motor to 325 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque.

All XC70s feature a six-speed automatic transmission. While the 3.2 comes standard with front-wheel drive and offers optional all-wheel drive, the T6 has AWD as standard. Fuel economy is rated at 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway for the FWD 3.2 (18/24 mpg with AWD), while the T6 returns 17/23 mpg.

Dynamically, the XC70 is safe and predictable rather than athletic and sporty. Though accurate, the steering is quite light and lacking in feel, while a fair bit of body roll in turns is the price paid for the wagon’s SUV-imitating ride height. There is no low-range transfer case on the options list, signaling that this wagon is designed not to traverse muddy trails but rather to comfortably and safely convey its occupants to their destination through any variety of inclement weather – on the pavement.

There is no low-range transfer case on the options list, signaling that this wagon is designed not to traverse muddy trails but rather to comfortably and safely convey its occupants to their destination through any variety of inclement weather – on the pavement.

Standard and Optional Features

The XC70 is available in 3.2 and T6 models, each of which can be had with a choice of several different optional trim levels.

The base XC70 3.2 comes with the naturally aspirated six along with leather upholstery, aluminum inlays, an AM/FM/CD stereo system with AUX and USB inputs, Bluetooth smartphone connectivity with audio streaming, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable driver’s seat and 17-inch alloy wheels. New standard features for the latest model year include headlight washers and rain sensor windshield wipers.

Next up is the 3.2 Premier, which adds a moonroof, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, genuine wood inlays, a power-adjustable front passenger’s seat, tinted rear seat and cargo area windows and keyless drive. The Premier Plus includes Premier features plus a power liftgate, a quick-fold passenger seat, active Xenon headlights a rear-view camera and front and rear parking sensors. Finally, the Platinum trim includes all the Premier Plus features and also adds a navigation system, accent lighting, a rear parking camera and a 650-watt sound system with Dolby Surround Sound.

The base XC70 T6 includes all of the 3.2’s content but adds the Premier trim as standard. The Premier Plus and Platinum trims stay the same.

Highlights from the rest of the list of standalone optional features list include a rear seat entertainment system with two seven-inch LCD monitors, heated front and rear seats and a tow hitch that lets buyers utilize the car’s 3300-pound towing capability.

Volvo offers the XC70 with two option packages. The Climate Package bundles features such as heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a heated windshield and the automaker#039;s Interior Air Quality System.

The Technology Package consists largely of driving aids such as Volvo#039;s Pedestrian Detection technology. Cable of of detecting when a collision with a pedestrian is imminent, the system automatically triggers the S60#039;s brakes to prevent an impact. Other package highlights include Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Warning, Distance Alert, Lane Depature Warning and active high beams.

Occupant Safety

Standard on all XC70s is the automaker’s City Safety package, which uses a laser sensor to automatically trigger the brakes at low speeds if a pending impact is detected. Other standard safety features include dual front, front side and full-length side curtain airbags in addition to traction and stability control systems, a tire pressure monitoring system and emergency brake assist.

Key Competitors

The XC70’s most direct rival is the Audi allroad. which also a luxury wagon masquerading as an SUV. Those looking to do large amounts of people or cargo hauling should note that the Audi is a bit smaller than the Volvo. Potential buyers should also cross-shop similarly priced premium crossovers such as the Acura MDX. Lexus RX 350 and Lincoln MKX .

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