|Premium midsize car; Built in Sweden|
|Good condition price range: $16,500 – $25,000*|
2008 Volvo V70 Front
2008 Volvo V70 Rear
2008 Volvo V70 Interior
2008 Volvo V70 Profile
This midsize wagon is best appreciated as the value-seeker’s luxury car. Well equipped for its new-car price, the V70 approximates the performance of similarly-sized wagons from rival European manufacturers for thousands less-all while maintaining Volvo’s unique style and character. For shoppers looking for room, comfort, utility, and a dose of coddling, the V70 is a must-see.
When Volvo redesigned its premium midsize V70 wagon for 2008, it gained freshened styling and more standard power. The third-generation V70 was essentially a wagon version of Volvo’s flagship S80 sedan, competing against such vehicles as the Audi A6, BMW 5-Series, Saab 9-3, and Volkswagen Passat-plus the forthcoming Toyota Venza. Note that Volvo also sold an all-wheel-drive SUV-flavored version of the V70 called the XC70; that model was similarly redesigned for 2008 (see separate report).
Offered in a single 3.2 trim level, the V70 had front-wheel drive and a 235-horsepower 3.2-liter six-cylinder engine, which replaced five-cylinder engines of 168 and 208 hp. The high-performance R model was discontinued. So was the available manual transmission. All V70s now had a six-speed automatic transmission. Standard safety features included antilock brakes, traction control, an antiskid system, curtain side airbags, and front side airbags. Also available were dual integrated rear child-safety seats. Volvo’s Blind Spot Information System was optional, along with adaptive cruise control that included collision warning. A navigation system and dual-screen DVD entertainment also were extra-cost options. Leather upholstery with heated front seats, a navigation system, and dual-screen DVD entertainment were available.
No major changes were evident on the 2009 V70 wagon. Front foglamps now were standard, as was Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity. A new Technology Package included active bi-xenon headlamps with washers.
The 2010 Volvo V70 lineup gained a new sport-themed model, the sporty R-Design. It featured a load-leveling sport suspension, 18-inch wheels, leather upholstery, sunroof, and specific interior trim.