|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2009 Volvo XC70
|T6 Premium||3.0L Turbo I-6||AWD||6A||6.6 sec||15.1 sec @ 96 mph||15/22/---- mpg||Car and Driver|
2008 Volvo XC70
|3.2||3.2L I-6||AWD||6A||8.9 sec||16.7 sec @ 87.9 mph||15/22/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
2005 Volvo XC70
|2.5T||2.5L Turbo I-5||AWD||5A||7.6 sec||15.4 sec @ 90.2 mph||16/22/21 mpg||Motor Trend|
About Volvo XC70
When it comes to wagons, perhaps there is no brand that we associate more with the vehicle type than Volvo. The Swedish manufacturer became popular with its wagons like the V70, which has long been discontinued.
In its place is the Volvo XC70 which is an all-weather wagon. The 2015 model has a new, turbocharged engine that should make it even more intriguing to automobile enthusiasts.
Here are the specs of the 2015 XC70 wagon (T5 Drive-E):
- Engine: 2 liter, intercooled, turbo regular I4
- Power: 240 horsepower @5600 rpm
- Drivetrain: Four wheel drive
- Number of passengers: five
- Transmission: eight speed automatic with start/stop and adaptive shift
- Fuel efficiency: 24 MPG city driving, 31 MPG highway driving
- Price: $35,400 (base)
The 2015 Volvo XC70 gets a boost in engine performance with an all new, four-cylinder engine that is turbocharged, and an eight-speed automatic transmission that is available for front-wheel-drive versions. The new engine boasts the acceleration of the wagon while surprising maintaining impressive fuel mileage.
With the new engine, there are now three engines for XC70 to choose from. The base T5 Drive-E is of four-cylinder with eight-speed automatic transmission, and start/stop technology. According to EPA fuel economy estimates, the engine is capable of making the car post fuel efficacy numbers of 24 mpg for city driving and 31 for highway driving, or a combined mileage of 27 mpg.
Then there’s the 3.2 liter, six-cylinder engine that basically has the same horsepower as that of the base engine. Powered by that engine, the XC70 can sprint from standstill to 60 miles per hour in 8.4 seconds, a bit slower compared to other wagons. The fuel efficiency numbers are not eye-popping either, just 18 mpg for city and 25 for highway driving.
Then the T6 model has a turbocharged, 3-liter, six-cylinder engine producing 300 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque.
Thanks to the powerful engine, the XC70 can move from zero to 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds. The fuel economy numbers are at 17 mpg for city driving and 23 for highway driving.
The engines of the XC70 are well-complemented by the eight-speed automatic transmission. The T6 engine is particularly impressive in terms of power, and it can make a station wagon so fast that it can hang with some sports cars in the highways. The 3.2 liter, six-cylinder engine provides enough power as well.
When on the highway, the XC70 is a silent, tireless worker. Its suspension is also enough to soak up bumps on the road. You can take this wagon up in the mountainous regions as it has a Hill Descent Control which keeps the car at a fixed pace when coming down from slippery slopes.
Of course, you buy a wagon not just for transporting your family members but for hauling various items. You could do that with the Volvo XC70 with its huge 72 cubic feet of space. A bonus is the hidden storage underneath. Most XC70 models have front passenger seats that fold, allowing you to accommodate ladders, surfboard and other long items.
The rear seats are also spacious enough, able to fold in 40/20/40 split. When you fold the seats, the cargo space is increased to 33 cubic feet which is enough to bring many bags of groceries.
Aside from having lots of space for your things, the XC70 has plush leather seating that you expect from a typical luxury car. The gauges and buttons are sleek, easy to locate and use. The climate controls are also well-designed, making it easy for drivers to locate them even as their eyes are fixed on the road.
Standard equipment include power front seats, AM/FM radio system with Bluetooth and USB functions, and a seven-inch color display. You could also opt for add-ons like blind-spot warning, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and pedestrian detection system.
Or you can have the Road Sign Information system of Volvo integrated into the car so you can read vital road signs on the screen. Other optional upgrades of the car include rear-seat entertainment, rearview-park assist, and a 12-speaker sound system.
Most of the safety features of the XC70 are add-ons like the lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning, and pedestrian detection.
A standard feature, however, is the City Safety system or the name of the car maker’s auto braking technique. This program monitors what is happening around the car, even if the driver doesn’t. It is designed to apply brakes to prevent an accident in the event that the driver fails to put on the brakes.
Volvo has significantly boosted its profile in the wagon market with the new XC70 wagon. With a new engine, lots of cargo space and attractive interiors, expect the XC70 to sell briskly this year.
To read more about Volvo XC70, visit the official Volvo website.
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