2010 Volvo XC70

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Engine Engine 3.2LI-6
MPG MPG 16 City / 22 Hwy
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2010 XC70 Overview

The Volvo XC70 wagon is an excellent choice for outdoor enthusiasts.It offers a high level of capability off road.It's superb on primitive roads, gravel and dirt roads, and in heavy snow.Yet it's smooth, stable, secure, fast and very comfortable for long highway slogs, regardless of the weather.It's quite practical, engineered for serious gear hauling rather than posing at the mall.And of course it's equipped with all the active and passive safety features that form Volvo's well-deserved reputation for safety engineering.

For 2010, XC70 has been dressed up with Volvo's new and bolder grille design, and with new bright trim highlighting the side windows.Options and packages have been revised, and the T6 has been upgraded with standard leather seats, a power front passenger's seat, more deluxe wood inlays for the interior, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

All-wheel drive comes standard.The base-level XC70 3.2 comes with a powerful inline-6 rated at 235 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque.The high-performance XC70 T6 boosts the power to 281 turbocharged horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Its maximum cargo capacity of 72.1 cubic feet is on par with mid-size SUVs, and slightly better than the Subaru Outback's 71.3 cubic feet.The seating arrangement is flexible and the cargo compartment has tie-downs and other useful accessories.With the rear seats folded, the XC70's flat floor and low lift-over height make loading bulky cargo easier than with many SUVs.It's rated to tow up to 3,300 pounds, enough for a small boat or camper or a couple of snowmobiles.

The XC70 is prepared for serious travel in unpaved areas.It comes with full-time all-wheel drive, and its suspension is raised to increase both movement range and ground clearance.Dent-resistant lower body cladding and protective skid plates underneath protect it from damage.Standard Hill Descent Control makes ascending steep, slippery trails easier and safer.

We found the handling of the XC70 on primitive logging roads to be excellent.This would be a good car to drive to the top of Alaska in the middle of the winter.We know, we've done it.More recently, we drove an XC70 over 120 miles of logging roads in the unpaved wilderness of northwestern Montana.The all-wheel drive made driving around corners easy and predictable on gravel, dirt, mud, and snow.The suspension had just the right amount of compliance to keep the tires on the trail yet gave the driver lots of control.Bumps in the middle of turns never upset the handling.The car was comfortable, whether creeping along over rugged trails or hurtling down an unpaved road at rally speeds.

On paved roads, the XC70 is stable and comfortable.It isn't as sporty as the pavement-oriented Volvo V70, but it makes a good grand touring car and great daily transportation.It rides smoothly and doesn't float or lean excessively through the curves, and it should deliver better real-world gas mileage than most mid- and full-size truck-based SUVs.We think it's the most compelling car in the Volvo lineup.

Inside is one of Volvo's best interiors: very Scandinavian, and elegantly understated.It's easy to master its multitude of controls, and it's simpler and more …
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2010 XC70 Overview

The Volvo XC70 wagon is an excellent choice for outdoor enthusiasts.It offers a high level of capability off road.It's superb on primitive roads, gravel and dirt roads, and in heavy snow.Yet it's smooth, stable, secure, fast and very comfortable for long highway slogs, regardless of the weather.It's quite practical, engineered for serious gear hauling rather than posing at the mall.And of course it's equipped with all the active and passive safety features that form Volvo's well-deserved reputation for safety engineering.

For 2010, XC70 has been dressed up with Volvo's new and bolder grille design, and with new bright trim highlighting the side windows.Options and packages have been revised, and the T6 has been upgraded with standard leather seats, a power front passenger's seat, more deluxe wood inlays for the interior, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

All-wheel drive comes standard.The base-level XC70 3.2 comes with a powerful inline-6 rated at 235 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque.The high-performance XC70 T6 boosts the power to 281 turbocharged horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Its maximum cargo capacity of 72.1 cubic feet is on par with mid-size SUVs, and slightly better than the Subaru Outback's 71.3 cubic feet.The seating arrangement is flexible and the cargo compartment has tie-downs and other useful accessories.With the rear seats folded, the XC70's flat floor and low lift-over height make loading bulky cargo easier than with many SUVs.It's rated to tow up to 3,300 pounds, enough for a small boat or camper or a couple of snowmobiles.

The XC70 is prepared for serious travel in unpaved areas.It comes with full-time all-wheel drive, and its suspension is raised to increase both movement range and ground clearance.Dent-resistant lower body cladding and protective skid plates underneath protect it from damage.Standard Hill Descent Control makes ascending steep, slippery trails easier and safer.

We found the handling of the XC70 on primitive logging roads to be excellent.This would be a good car to drive to the top of Alaska in the middle of the winter.We know, we've done it.More recently, we drove an XC70 over 120 miles of logging roads in the unpaved wilderness of northwestern Montana.The all-wheel drive made driving around corners easy and predictable on gravel, dirt, mud, and snow.The suspension had just the right amount of compliance to keep the tires on the trail yet gave the driver lots of control.Bumps in the middle of turns never upset the handling.The car was comfortable, whether creeping along over rugged trails or hurtling down an unpaved road at rally speeds.

On paved roads, the XC70 is stable and comfortable.It isn't as sporty as the pavement-oriented Volvo V70, but it makes a good grand touring car and great daily transportation.It rides smoothly and doesn't float or lean excessively through the curves, and it should deliver better real-world gas mileage than most mid- and full-size truck-based SUVs.We think it's the most compelling car in the Volvo lineup.

Inside is one of Volvo's best interiors: very Scandinavian, and elegantly understated.It's easy to master its multitude of controls, and it's simpler and more …Hide Full Review