Pros: Unique blend of passenger-car and SUV attributes; generous passenger and cargo room; pleasant, understated-but-classy interior materials
Cons: Many desirable options are available only in expensive packages; lack of brand cachet compared to some premium-class competitors; some complicated controls
CG Says: The Volvo XC70 is a traditional passenger-car-based station wagon that gets an SUV-like personality from its raised ride height and rugged styling cues. For 2014, XC70 gets a number of minor updates, such as restyled front fascia, digital instrument panel; and updated safety features. A folding front passenger seat and heated windshield and steering wheel are also new. XC70 has its charms, among them a roomy cabin, refined drivetrain, and impressive build quality. The base 3.2 model is best viewed as a value-seeker’s luxury car. Well equipped at roughly $34,000 to start, the front-drive version offers strong value. It approximates the performance of many similarly sized wagons from American and European manufacturers for thousands less, all while maintaining Volvo’s unique style and character. The T6 adds stronger performance, though we don’t think it is enough to justify its higher price.