2016 Volvo XC70

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 2016, XC70 loses its turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine, and trades its 3.2-liter six for a turbocharged 2.5-liter 5-cylinder. XC70 has its charms, among them a roomy cabin, refined drivetrain, and impressive build quality. The base models are best viewed as luxury cars for value seekers. Well equipped at roughly $37,000 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 Facts
Class Premium Midsize Car
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Volvo
Nation of Manufacture Sweden
Base Prices T5: $37,100
T5 AWD: $38,600
T5 Premier: $40,550
T5 AWD Premier: $42,050
T5 Platinum: $45,675
T5 AWD Platinum: $47,175

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
240
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
23
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
31

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.5-liter 5-cylinder
Horsepower
250
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
19
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
26

2016 Volvo XC70
2016 Volvo XC70