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    2016 Volvo XC70 OVERVIEW

    Volvo’s sporty luxury wagon is designed to appeal to shoppers who can’t quite decide between a comfortable sedan and a rugged crossover. In addition to ample utility, an XC70 has enough ground clearance to tackle a few rural pathways. Though not intended for serious off-road use, the muscular-looking XC70 attracts buyers who seek all-weather performance without leaving the passenger-car realm.

    What's New for 2016

    At mid-year (2015.5), Volvo introduced a new Drive-E 2-liter four-cylinder engine, with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Start/Stop technology also was added to four-cylinder models. New standard features included Sensus Connect and Navigation. Platinum trim levels were added, as well as a new Convenience Package. Nothing has changed for 2016, except that a compass no longer is incorporated into the inside mirror.

    Choosing Your Volvo XC70

    Volvo’s Drive-E engine powers all T5 front-drive versions of the XC70. Mating with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder generates 240 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy is estimated at 24 mpg in urban driving and 31 mpg on the highway.

    With all-wheel drive XC70s, you get a choice of 3.2-liter six-cylinder (also 240 horsepower) or, in the T6, a 3-liter turbocharged six-cylinder that generates 300 horsepower. Both six-cylinders use a six-speed automatic.

    Add a choice of trim levels, and Volvo offers an awful lot of possibilities with the XC70.

    T5 Drive-E

    Comes with the Drive-E engine, plus standard features such as power front seats with driver memory; fabric upholstery; Bluetooth phone connectivity; and an eight-speaker sound system with CD, a USB interface, and satellite and HD radio. Also standard are Sensus Connect, Volvo On-Call (including collision alert and location tracking), power lumbar support, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and 17-inch wheels. Eco+ Start/Stop technology includes Eco-coast and Eco-climate modes.

    T5 Drive-E Premier

    For about $3,400 above the base MSRP, the Premier trim adds leather seating surfaces, a sunroof, wood interior trim, Sensus Navigation with Mapcare, and rear privacy glass.

    T5 Drive-E Platinum

    Costs about $4,450 more than the Premier, but all the contents of the Technology, Proximity, and Convenience Packages (listed below). A harman kardon premium sound system also is standard.

    3.2 AWD

    Carries the 3.2-liter six-cylinder engine, six-speed automatic, and all-wheel drive. Equipment and options are otherwise similar to the T5 Drive-E.

    3.2 AWD Premier

    Standard equipment is similar to the items listed for T5 Premier.

    3.2 AWD Platinum

    Standard equipment is similar to the items listed above for T5 Platinum, including all contents of the Technology, Proximity, and Convenience Packages.

    T6 AWD

    Equipped with the turbocharged 3-liter six-cylinder engine, six-speed automatic and all-wheel drive, the T6 AWD has standard equipment similar to the T5 and 3.2 trim levels, including a power passenger seat.

    T6 AWD Platinum

    Like Platinum editions listed above, the T6 version includes all items in the Technology, Proximity, and Convenience Packages, as described below.

    Customers can customize their XC70 with option packages:

    • Technology Package includes adaptive cruise control, collision warning with full braking, pedestrian and cyclist detection with full auto braking, distance alert, driver alert control, lane-departure warning, road sign information, and active high beams.
    • Proximity Package includes Keyless Drive (standard on T6), rear park assist camera, and power tailgate.
    • Convenience Package includes a quick-fold power passenger seat, HomeLink, cargo cover, grocery bag holder, 12-volt outlet in cargo area, and power-folding rear head restraints.
    • Climate Package includes heated front/rear seats, a heated windshield and washer nozzles, heated steering wheel, and interior air quality system.

    Additional options include integrated child booster seats, rear entertainment, a blind-spot information system, active dual xenon headlights with washers, heated front seats, front/rear park assist, and a Harman Kardon premium sound system.

    CarsDirect Tip

    Volvo’s Drive-E engine delivers a great blend of performance and efficiency, making the T5 Drive-E the prudent choice for most buyers. Naturally, anyone in the snow belt, or who intends to leave the highway occasionally, would be wise to limit shopping to the AWD six-cylinders models. Tech enthusiasts and the safety-minded, who also welcome a few luxuries, might be tempted by the Platinum edition, despite its heftier price.

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