Volvo V70 Review & Ratings
- 2 May 2016
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Volvo V70 is classified as a mid-size 5-door Estate car and is manufactured by Volvo Cars. Production of this vehicle started in 1997. The first generation V70 started as a wagon version of the Volvo S70 and was only available as a front and all-wheel drive estate. This vehicle was later marketed as the Cross Country XC as well as the XC70. Peter Horbury was in charge of styling the second generation version of the V70, and it shared many of its major mechanical components as well as styling features with the Volvo S60 saloon, using the P2 platform.
The third generation V70 used the Ford EUCD platform and shared much of its interior with the second generation Volvo S80. This car has been marketed as the V70 since 2007 as well as the XC70 all-wheel drive model. The name of this vehicle combines the letter V, which in this case stands “versatility”, and the number 70, which denotes its relative platform size. There were a number of trim levels/packages available with the first generation V70, each of which offered its own set of features.
The Sports edition of the V70 came with alloy wheels, fog lamps, and a rear spoiler. The Comfort trim level of this car came with a child seat, electric sunroof, and trip computer. The Luxury version came with leather upholstery with electric driver’s seat, wood fascia trim, rear seat entertainment, climate control, and cruise control. The Estate version of this car came with roof rails, a luggage net, and self-leveling rear suspension. The Winter trim level came with heated front seats and traction control as well as headlamp wash/wipe. The Design model of the V70 came with red wood-effect trim, leather upholstery, and red wood/leather steering wheel.
The second generation of the V70, which was introduced in 1999 as the 2000 model, ushered in a whole new look and feel, based on the new P2 platform. This version of the V70 shared many of its mechanical and styling aspects with the Volvo S60 saloon and the interior featured raised seating in the second row. Some of the standard features with this vehicle include a coat hook integrated into the side of the front passenger’s headrest, configurable center console and rear seating with a two position backrests, and a glove compartment with pen holder and toll card. The P2 platform received a small facelift in all markets for the 2005 model year, and it included certain changes to the front fascia as well as center console, electrical system, and certain engines.
The third and most current generation of the Volvo V70 first debuted in February of 2007, using the Ford EUCD platform. This car shares much of interior with the second generation Volvo S80 and rear-seat legroom was increased by two centimeters to make passengers’ rides more comfortable. The tailgate of this new V70 had optional motorized lift and closing action. For the first time ever, a V70 was available with a 4-cylinder engine. A high-performance version of this vehicle, known as the V70R all-wheel drive, was mated to five/six speed Geartronic automatic transmissions.
Volvo wanted to emphasize the new third generation V70’s comfort and luxury with certain models, including the XC70, which featured Volvo’s Sensus console system. The front seats and rear bench seats on these vehicles have an orthopedic design for maximum comfort, and Dolby Pro-Logic systems come standard. As far as safety is concerned, this vehicle comes with driver, passenger, side, and curtain airbags. The third generation V70 was awarded a score of five out of five stars for adult occupants production from Euro NCAP.