|Premium midsize car; Built in Sweden|
|Good condition price range: $9,100 – $35,500*|
2008 Volvo XC70 Front
2008 Volvo XC70 Rear
2008 Volvo XC70 Interior
2008 Volvo XC70 Profile
Volvo’s XC70 has its charms, among them a roomy cabin, refined drivetrain, and impressive build quality. The T6 adds stronger performance, though not enough to justify its higher price. With either model, options could add a lot to the new-car price, but those costs tend to ease for used-car buyers.
Volvo redesigned its premium midsize wagon for 2008, giving it freshened styling and a power boost. This SUV-flavored wagon was essentially an all-wheel-drive raised-suspension version of Volvo’s V70 wagon, which also was redesigned for 2008. Like the V70, this wagon shared its basic design with Volvo’s S80 sedan. The 2008 XC70 was about 2 inches longer in wheelbase and 4 inches longer overall than its predecessor. It got a 235-horsepower 3.2-liter inline six-cylinder engine to replace a 208-hp turbocharged five-cylinder. The sole transmission was a six-speed automatic with manual-shift capability.
Standard safety features included antilock braking, traction control, an antiskid system, curtain side airbags, and front side airbags. Also standard were hill descent control, dual-zone automatic climate control, a tilt/telescopic leather-wrapped steering wheel, and an eight-way power driver’s seat with lumbar adjustment and memory system. Also available were integrated rear child booster seats and a navigation system. Volvo’s Blind Spot Information System was a new option. Also available were adaptive cruise control, a heartbeat sensor that warned if an intruder was hiding inside the car, an uplevel audio system, satellite radio, and dual-screen DVD entertainment. Potential competitors included the Audi A6 Avant, BMW 5-Series, and Subaru Outback.
A new T6 model joined the XC70 lineup for 2009 with a turbocharged 281-horsepower 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission.
The 2010 Volvo XC70 was largely unchanged.
The 2011 Volvo XC70 lineup added a front-drive model with the 3.2-liter six, which gained five horsepower to 240. Meanwhile, the T6’s turbo 3.0-liter six added 19 horsepower for an even 300.
Several changes appeared on the 2012 Volvo XC70. The dashboard was revised, numerous standalone options were grouped into packages, and a Polestar Performance Package brought a 25-horsepower increase to the turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six.
New features for 2013 included standard rain-sensing windshield wipers, a revised controller on the steering wheel for the “Sensus” infotainment system, and a new gearshift knob. The headlights added washers and a tunnel mode that automatically turned the lights on when entering a tunnel and shut them off upon exit. Premier, Premier Plus, and Platinum models added keyless ignition and the Personal Car Communicator (PCC) keyfob. The latter two also added active headlamps. Finally, the automatic transmission in T6 models added a sport mode.
The 2014 XC70 received exterior styling tweaks, and interior updates included revised trim and a new steering wheel design. All models received new instrument clusters, with Base models getting a new analog unit while all other models used a digital display with three driver-selectable themes. New options included a Sport Package for 3.2 and T6 AWD models. The optional Climate Package added a heated windshield and heated steering wheel.