Review: 2008 Volvo XC70 [w/VIDEO] – Autoblog

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Review: 2008 Volvo [w/VIDEO]

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While station are a very big part of the European landscape, here in the States the design sells much when it’s a crossover. We don’t have many on the true wagon front, because high volume simply doesn’t exist. One that has been around for a is the Volvo XC70, which much of the rugged AWD utility of an SUV traditional wagon packaging.

Our Metallic XC70 came with heated leather a moonroof, premium audio and most of the available safety

All those options added to the Volvo wagon’s $37,000 price, bringing the total to $46,405.

The previous generation XC70 was a leap in terms of styling to the ultra-boxy Volvo wagons of but the 2008 model delivers an change. The new XC70 has a more look than its predecessor, a slightly chiseled hood, Bi-Xenon headlights and a larger Attention has been taken from the lower air dam and instead to the XC70’s fog lamps that are with chrome, accentuating the wider, more athletic-looking

The profile of the XC70 has softer metal than its predecessor, and the cladding surrounding the rugged-looking looks less chunky and in its updated form. Out back, the receives larger, brighter lamps, and emergency brake down at the bumper. Overall, the looks more fitting of a wagon than the model it but that’s still a lot of coin.

On the inside, the XC70 carries of the styling cues from the expensive Volvo S80 sedan went on sale a year The dash materials, gauge and steering wheel are among the virtually unchanged form the The centerpiece of the cabin is the sharp-looking center console that in some form on most new with high quality and knobs that are easy to

Our XC70’s dark brown seats were among the pleasant in which we’ve with ample bolstering and support. Seat materials also very high and soft touch materials the arm rest and doors. One area of was the hard plastic against our knees would bang driving.

In the S80, softer were used around touch points, which the cabin look and feel luxurious.

Keeping in step with tradition, safety is omnipresent. uses high-strength steel it can, and considerable engineering was put into deformation zones absorb crash energy larger vehicles. Volvo the XC70 with front and impact airbags while our necks with the WHIPS protection system.

The automaker employed optional equipment adaptive cruise control, blind spot protection and brake assist to keep occupants out of harms way altogether. One technology that drove us during our time with the was the parking assist system. time we started the wagon, the defaulted to the On position, and it beeped whenever we were within four feet of a surrounding

On the road, the XC70 has a nicely yet slightly soft ride provides plenty of comfort for commutes and family vacations. The inline six mates to an Aisin auto transmission for a very yet somewhat unexciting driving While Volvo’s corporate six great and revs freely, 235 just isn’t enough to motivate a two-ton station and it’s not what we expect for

The steering, however, is nicely for a wagon, which basically that it wouldn’t pass in a sports sedan but is engaging for family transportation. Body is quite a bit better than I get with my taller Ford and the standard Haldex AWD works in the slushy ice conditions we experienced our time with the XC70.

Bad is the reason most people AWD, but we were disappointed the rugged looks of the XC70 carry over to off-road as stability control and AWD neuter slip by locking the rubber all We also had little luck Volvo’s hill descent due to the fact that we couldn’t get up the in the first place, and we’re not Mt. Kilimanjaro, either folks.

This was more like a hill.

We were looking to our time in the XC70 because we it would give us most of we wanted from an SUV without the size and fuel economy. a week with the wagon, it was its fuel economy that us utterly perplexed. We achieved a 18 mpg in mixed driving, which was than what we got in the 5,000 lb, Buick Enclave.

We even got 18.5 mpg out of the 4,500 lb, flying brick that is the Dakota. It seems like it be against the laws of physics for the wagon to get worse fuel than a larger, more CUV, but the numbers don’t We even reset the fuel gauge half-way through the but the results didn’t change.

The XC70 delivers on good impeccable safety and the European that some Americans to covet. But as a family man with children, there are plenty of vehicles on the market that can more people and more than the XC70 while better fuel economy at a price.

All photos Copyright Chris Shunk / Weblogs,

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