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The XC70 model didn’t officially launch until the 2003 model year, but its roots date back to the 1997 Volvo V70 Cross Country – an SUV-like wagon. Following its overwhelming success, the Cross Country became its own model in 2002, although Volvo changed its name to XC70 just a year later. The Swedish automaker calls the XC70 a crossover, but it's as close to a wagon as crossovers get.
Carried over for 2013, the XC70's only real changes include a handful of new standard features and a pair of new optional packages. The XC70 comes in seven trim levels: 3.2, 3.2 Premier, 3.2 Premier Plus, 3.2 Platinum, T6, T6 Premier Plus, and T6 Platinum.
A 3.2-liter engine powers all 3.2 models, and a Geartronic six-speed automatic transmission delivers power to the front wheels. All-wheel drive is an option. Front-wheel-drive XC70s achieve 19 mpg city and 25 mpg highway; these numbers drop to 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway with all-wheel-drive. An XC70 3.2 can hit 60 mph in 8.4 seconds.
T6 models sprint to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds with a turbocharged 3.0-liter engine and the same Geartronic six-speed automatic as the 3.2. All-wheel-drive is standard.
The XC70 has three option groups. The Climate Package with Heated Rear Seats includes heated seats and heated windshield washer nozzles. Next up is the Climate Package with Dual Two-Stage Integrated Child Booster Seats adds booster seats. The Technology Package, finally, has a host of safety features including adaptive cruise control, collision warning and lane departure warning.
The 3.2 trim level acts as the baseline for the 2013 Volvo XC70. It comes standard with a 240-horsepower 3.2-liter six-cylinder engine; front and rear fog lights; 16-by-7-inch Cecino alloy wheels; a roof spoiler; a cabin air filter; a power driver’s seat with three-position memory; an eight-speaker sound system with 160 watts, USB and iPod connectors and a 5-inch color screen; and T-Tec upholstery that looks and feels like leather.
The 3.2 Premier on the 3.2 with additional features like: leather seating, a moonroof, autostart, walnut inlays and an eight-way power passenger’s seat.
The 3.2 Premier Plus adds to the 3.2 Premier Plus: dual xenon headlights; front and rear parking assist; a power tailgate; HomeLink; a cargo cover; a rearview-mirror-mounted compass; and grocery-bag holders in the cargo area.
The top trim level for XC70s equipped with the 3.2-liter six-cylinder, the 3.2 Platinum includes standard features like: a Volvo Premium Sound system with a 650-watt amplifier, 12 speakers, rear-seat headphone jacks, AM/FM/CD/HD Radio capabilities and Dolby Pro-Logic II surround sound; navigation with real-time traffic; and a rearview parking camera.
The T6 is the base trim level for Volvo's performance-oriented XC70. It features a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 300 horsepower and 325 foot-pounds of torque, and all-wheel drive. Standard equipment includes: 18-by-7.5-inch Zephyrus alloy wheels; keyless start; fog lights; leather seating; an auto-dimming rearview mirror; walnut trim; a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter; and an AM/FM/CD/HD Radio audio system with eight speakers and a 160-watt amplifier.
The T6 Premier Plus adds features like: xenon headlights; front and rear park assist; a power tailgate; HomeLink; a cargo cover; a rearview-mirror-mounted compass; and a 12-volt power outlet in the cargo area.
The T6 Platinum, finally, adds: a Volvo Premium Sound System that features a 650-watt amplifier, Dolby Pro-Logic II Surround Sound, 12 speakers, rear headphone jacks and rear audio controls; a navigation system with real-time traffic; and a rearview camera for added reversing safety.
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