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3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Volvo XC70

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Expert's Rating

4.5Excellent

MPG 18 City / 24 Highway
Pros
  • Lots of standard safety features
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Wagon practicality
  • Well-designed interior
Cons
  • Not very capable off-road
  • No manual transmission offered
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The Volvo XC70 is ideal for those who want the most wagon-like SUV possible.

Introduction

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.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Volvo XC70
Starting price
$27,888

2013 Volvo XC70 3.2

Recommended for: Buyers looking for a crossover SUV with a competitive base price and plenty of standard features

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.

2013 Volvo XC70
Starting price
$27,888

2013 Volvo XC70 3.2 Premier

Recommended for: Buyers who want a real leather interior

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.

2013 Volvo XC70
Starting price
$27,888

2013 Volvo XC70 3.2 Premier Plus

Recommended for: Buyers who want standard parking sensors

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.

2013 Volvo XC70
Starting price
$27,888

2013 Volvo XC70 3.2 Platinum

Recommended for: Buyers who desire a premium audio system and standard navigation

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.

2013 Volvo XC70
Starting price
$27,888

2013 Volvo XC70 T6

Recommended for: Buyers who want extra performance in their crossover SUV

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.


2013 Volvo XC70
Starting price
$27,888

2013 Volvo XC70 T6 Premier Plus

Recommended for: Buyers that want a few extra luxury items without breaking the bank

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.

2013 Volvo XC70
Starting price
$27,888

2013 Volvo XC70 T6 Platinum

Recommended for: Buyers who want everything Volvo has to offer

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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