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.