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.
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.
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.