2014 Volvo XC70 – Top Speed

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2014 Volvo XC70

price: $34000 Engine: inline-6 Transmission: 6-speed Automatic Horsepower @ RPM: 240 @ 6400 MPG(Cty): 19 MPG(Hwy): 25 Torque @ RPM: 236 @ 3200 Energy: EFI Displacement: 3.2 L 0-60 time: 8.0 sec. (Est.) Top Speed: 130 mph Layout: Front-engine, Front-drive (AWD Opt.)

The Volvo XC70 is almost completely fresh following a thorough interior revamp for 2013 and a subtle exterior nip/tuck for 2014. The latest luxury crossover wagon from the safety experts gets a macho new grill design with giant honeycomb pattern, LED fog lights, an LED running light blade in each headlight, a freshened LED taillight design and additional matte-finish silver trims all around.

The look is far more current and allows Volvo to keep up sales momentum even as the traditional wagon body style is in retreat from the best-selling XC60 SUV and upcoming XC90 replacement.

The XC70’s boxy profile is part of the lasting charm that gives Volvo wagons such huge cabin space and cargo area capacity. This latest model finally addresses the main critiques of post-Ford Volvo. few meaningful updates to keep the line fresh and competitive.

The latest XC70 fights perception that it might be slow and pack dated cabin infotainment solutions. For 2014, this five-passenger crossover gets ultramodern TFT instruments, a new touchscreen HDD nav solution called Sensus Connected Touch, quicker automatic transmissions and a Polestar engine upgrade on the official options list.

With the last two enhancements, this stops being just an ultra-plush and luxurious family car and starts fighting back with real performance credibility – acceleration to 60 mph for the top engine falls from about 6.9 seconds down to just 6 seconds flat.

The XC70 is a niche choice but an exceptional vehicle in a segment flooded with floppy crossovers. How does it compare with the Subaru Outback and the new A4-based Audi allroad ?

Updated 8/5/2013: Volvo has just unveiled all of the pricing details for the 2014 XC70. The crossover starts at a base price of $34,500 and peaks out at just over $46k. See all of the details after the jump .

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Volvo XC70 with exclusive images of the new LED fog and running light designs.

Exterior

This Volvo design only seems like it has been around forever. In fact, the color choice of these images makes it difficult to quickly distinguish between the 2014 model and the past decade of XC70s that also were popular in this bronze hue.

The biggest updates are to the wheels, grille and the fog light bezel designs. The grille is now larger and drops the cross-hatch pattern from before in favor of a jumbo honeycomb internal mesh for the upper grille and a tighter matching mesh below. The fog light bezels are a new, more metallic finish and form just a check over the lamps instead of a rounded box as before.

The front and rear bumper skid plates and taillight trims are also this new finish and look sharp – despite losing to the Audi allroad for overall presence and style.

This grille still includes Volvo’s external black box of safety sensors in the left-hand side of the front badge, but the box does not protrude as embarrassingly as the first few generations did. The tech could be much better integrated behind the bumpers or deeper in the grille, such as the similar Cadillac tech that hides all the scanners within the bumpers and grilles.

The LEDs are where the real action is. There is a new white LED vertical blade between the low-beam projector and the high-beam reflector that acts as a daytime running light accent. The LED combines nicely with new dual-xenon lamps.

These headlights run four total xenon bulbs for independent high-beam control and truly astounding forward lighting.

This is in contrast the bi-xenon lamps in many other premium cars. The typical design has a motorized shutter inside the single projector ball that repositions the bulb for high beam needs. The Volvo design is rare and offers more total illumination but can be less helpful when flashing to pass.

Xenon bulbs often take a few seconds to power up completely and using a second set for the high beams means they are not as quick-reacting as bi-xenons. It is worth it for the miles of high beam light the XC70 delivers on a dark night.

The fog lamp is now an LED design similar to that used on some high-trim XC90 s recently. It uses a single high-power bulb with a quad reflector that produces an extremely bright and crisp appearance on the road. LED fog lamps are also very helpful because the type of light they emit causes road signs to shimmer with clear detail.

The new taillight design is less of a departure but sees brighter LEDs swoop across the shoulder of the Volvo and up the rear pillars. It’s still unique and classy light signature that helps the understated XC70 feel worth the money in traffic.

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