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.
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2016 Volvo XC70 Overview
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.
2016 Volvo XC70 Review
Most people looking for a luxury vehicle that focuses on safety and can handle inclement weather immediately think crossover. The Volvo XC70 presents an interesting alternative by checking those boxes while also offering the feel and comfort of a sedan.
Pricing and Equipment
The base price for a Volvo XC70 is $37,100 (plus a destination fee of $940), but many will jump straight to the more adventure-capable all-wheel drive powertrain, which adds an additional $1,500.
We received a front-wheel drive model in Premier trim that came with standard equipment including:
- Eighteen-inch alloy wheels
- Power glass moonroof
- Sensus Navigation w/Mapcare
- Heated and power-adjustable front seats
- Low-speed automatic braking
- Hill Descent Control
It was also equipped with the optional Proximity ($1,500) and Technology ($1,500) packages, which added features like keyless drive, park assist camera, adaptive cruise control with queue assist and distance alert, and pedestrian & cyclist detection.
Step on the gas of the XC70 and you’ll be met by an exciting amount of acceleration. It was a very welcome surprise for us that a vehicle that’s so clearly a station wagon could offer such invigorating straight-off-the-line power. Combine that with a ride that was both quiet and smooth and it’s easy to see yourself doing some long-distance touring in it.
- The T5 Drive-E engine in the FWD XC70 offers great fuel efficiency for a luxury wagon or crossover. One of the ways it does this is through an automatic engine stop-start system, which shuts the engine off once the XC70 is stopped. While this isn’t typically one of our favorite features, we found the system in the XC70 to be surprisingly responsive, starting the engine nearly as soon as our foot left the brake.
- If there is one thing that the XC70 is focused on above everything else, it’s safety. The automatic brake is featured in several of the safety systems including the collision warning and pedestrian & cyclist detection. So, should your attention waiver in situations up to 30 mph, the XC70 vigilant safety systems have you covered.
- With the raised suspension for extra ground clearance, front and rear underbody skid plates and lower body panels, it really feels like unexpected storms or general inclement weather won’t be a problem.
- Unfortunately, the XC70’s exhilarating acceleration is paired with less-than-excellent handling. Overall the steering seemed a bit light and we found ourselves needing to take it easy approaching curves. It’s while taking these turns that we become aware of just how soft the suspension really was.
- If towing ability is an important feature to you, it should be noted that the XC70 can't tow more than 3,300 pounds.
The interior of the XC70 lives up to its luxury car credentials with premium materials including dark walnut inlays and plush leather throughout. Features that deserve some attention include:
- Upon settling into the XC70, we found the front seats to be some of the most comfortable we’ve sat in. Combine that with the gentle ride, the standard in-seat heat and power adjustment, and it’s easy to imagine long road trips in this wagon.
- When it comes to cargo space, the XC70 isn’t messing around. The already large cargo hold opens up to a positively massive 72.1 cubic feet of space when the rear seats are folded down. As if that weren’t enough, the front passenger seat folds flat, giving it one of the largest cargo capacities of any wagon.
Despite all the cargo space and the generally roomy interior, the XC70 doesn’t seat more than five people. Those who are seated in the back may also feel a little cramped when it comes to legroom, especially if they are on the taller side.
The Most Pleasant Surprise
The amount of cargo space Volvo has managed to make available without losing the overall luxury feel in the XC70 really impressed us.
The Least Pleasant Surprise
After discovering the XC70’s impressive acceleration ability, we were disappointed by its dull steering and clumsy handling. This is definitely one of the areas where we felt like the XC70 fell short of several of its rivals.
The Bottom Line
For families focused on safety and reliability with luxury car credentials, the XC70 offers a step up from most wagons, and a real alternative to the crossover. For anyone who is dealing with snow on a regular basis, or considering leaving the confines of the highway for paths less traveled, limiting yourself to the all-wheel models is essential. What you lose in acceleration will be more than made up for in capability.