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2006 Volvo V70 Wagon

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Volvo V70 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.5 L Inline 5-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 300 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/23 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2006 Volvo V70

  • Roomier than other premium-brand wagons in its price range, the 2006 Volvo V70 is a solid choice in family transportation. However, with the retirement of the T5 model, Volvo's wagon is at a disadvantage alongside the similarly priced competitors, which offer considerably more power.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Superb front-seat comfort, variety of safety features, balanced ride and handling, lots of cargo space, optional rear-facing third-row seat.

  • Cons

    Weak engines for this price range, tight rear legroom, stability control isn't standard, light on luxury until you load up on options.

  • What's New for 2006

    For 2006, the sporty T5 model has been discontinued and with it goes its entertaining turbocharged engine. New this year are standard 16-inch wheels on the 2.4 (up from 15s) and a new wheel design for the 2.5T's 16-inch wheels. The 2.4's convenience package adds power child locks, a sunglasses holder and park assist.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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120k still drives as new

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Vehicle: 2005 Volvo V70

I have my 2005 since purchased almost new as a loaner with a 2K on the odo. It is my daily driver kids to school and to work and road miles. I drive more than average abut 25K a year. There have been no major maintenance issues, I did replace a/c at 100k live in FL runs 24/7 here. I had a g tires, brakes, fluids changes and (timing belt at 105K). Dealer service can be expensive but you should follow the maintenance schedule and make sure the last owner did if you are buying high mileage. The vehicle still rock solid gets 25 MPG. Still has a top speed of 130 mph, so those SUV's might pass you with 400 hp but know this the V70 is faster than all of them they are ltd. to 110 :).

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Good looking, comfortable cruiser

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Vehicle: 2005 Volvo V70

Living in Istanbul with narrow street and lots of ups and downs I was a bit worried how this car would handle the city. But it did -even better than my previous V40. It's a joy to drive to work every day, but even more fun to drive around in the country side. It's audio (Dynaudio) is wonderfull, the power (2.0T) is more than enough to get the head start, needed once in a while and the comfort is unbeatable. What it lacks is a USB (or even AUX) connection. Thinking that one third of the price Renault's has both a MP3 playing CD player and a USB connection standart, this is something Volvo should be ashamed of. Still it's a beauty and a more good looking station wagon is hard to come by.

Still going

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Vehicle: 2005 Volvo V70

I have had this V70 car for 92,000 miles. I still drives as new. Only repairs were to a frozen gear shift and head lights started to glaze but were replaced under warranty. Maintenance has been below normal, brake pads, oil, and flush fluids at normal intervals. Volvo dealer maintenance is less expensive than premium brands but I have spent four figures there at least twice. The result in keeping the car up is a 10 year driver, six years in it really shows no wear of any significance. My last Ford Explorer and Sable were well worn by now on the last go around. Wife has S60 same engine her car is bullet proof also. For people who want cars for longevity go with the base 5cyl eng.

Kept me safe

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Vehicle: 2005 Volvo V70

I've owned three Volvos. I just had an accident in my 2005 and it kept me safe! Air bags deployed and car was totaled, but I remained safe. I am now shopping around for another v70. Can't say enough about the 2004 and 2005. Attractive but solid!

Dependable car

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Vehicle: 2005 Volvo V70

We have an '03 V70 and liked it so much that we bought the '05. Car is solid, comfortable, and dependable. Normal services and no real problems yet through 62K miles. Does have electrical snafus -- at times the fuel gauge doesn't register fuel remaining, and when cold, the MPG and fuel remaining readings arbitrarily change between the 4 or so displays available. Wide turning radius on the 17" wheels -- larger than the '03 with 16" wheels. Smooth & light steering, but bumpier ride than the '03 due to the 225/45R17 tires I suppose. Engine is responsive and turbo gets car up to freeway speed quickly. Original Pirelli's still on -- probably replace at 70K.

Excellent all-round wagon

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Vehicle: 2005 Volvo V70

We bought our '05 V70 from a friend who had put 93K business miles on it. All services done at Volvo dealer & all records present, two repairs & neither mechanical/automotive. Its Consumer Reports' reliability ratings are actually higher than our son's Infiniti! Standard engine has all the power we need for a wagon. V70 was based on the S80 platform, so much more back seat room than my '05 S60. Great hauling room in back; if you don't want a SUV but need that, this car is for you. Front seats are best in the world, bar none. Auto-wipers are great! 3-position memory seat is great since my wife & daughter & I drive it. Maintenance not expensive if you have a good non-Volvo shop (we do).

Full 2006 Volvo V70 Review

What's New for 2006

For 2006, the sporty T5 model has been discontinued and with it goes its entertaining turbocharged engine. New this year are standard 16-inch wheels on the 2.4 (up from 15s) and a new wheel design for the 2.5T's 16-inch wheels. The 2.4's convenience package adds power child locks, a sunglasses holder and park assist.


Ah, yes, the Volvo station wagon. Brings to mind PTA meetings and trips to the vet in the straight-edge-designed refrigerators of yore, doesn't it? In an effort to distance it from the boxy Volvo cars of the last couple decades, the midsize Volvo V70 carries itself more aggressively, borrowing curves and character lines from its platform mates, the S60 and S80 sedans.

Volvo claims there were four defining goals for this redesign: the V70 was to be sporty but comfortable, assertive yet elegant, muscular and fuel-efficient and, above all, "secure as a strongbox." Based on the stout S80 large-car platform, the Volvo V70 looks quite similar to its sedan progenitor from the A-pillars forward, but the two share no exterior panels. The 2006 Volvo V70 wagon has long been a solid choice in family transportation, as it offers a satisfying combination of interior space, safety features and luxury content. Plus, pricing starts around $30 grand, which makes the V70 the most affordable midsize luxury wagon on the market.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The Volvo V70 wagon comes in two trim levels -- 2.4 and 2.5T. The 2.4 comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone manual climate control, a trip computer, a CD player, power-fold rear headrests, one-touch front windows and a tilt/telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel. In addition, the 2.5T gets a power driver seat with memory, automatic climate control and faux wood interior accents. Options include an excellent 13-speaker Dolby sound system with a four-disc CD changer, a DVD-based navigation system, 17-inch wheels, leather upholstery, real wood accents, heated seats, Volvo's On Call telematics, a sunroof, bi-xenon headlights, satellite radio and an interior air quality system. An optional rear-facing third-row seat bumps maximum passenger capacity from five to seven.

Powertrains and Performance

The Volvo V70 2.4 comes with a 2.4-liter, five-cylinder engine that produces 168 horsepower (165 in California where it's SULEV-certified). The 2.5T is turbocharged and makes a solid 208 hp. The 2.4 can be equipped with either a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission, while the 2.5T is available only with the automatic. Automanual functionality is included on the 2.5T. All V70s are front-wheel drive.


Every V70 comes with side airbags for front occupants, head curtain airbags for front and rear passengers, pre-tensioning seatbelts in all five positions, anti-submarine seats and whiplash-reducing front head restraints. Stability control is optional. In government crash tests, the Volvo V70 earned a perfect five stars for its frontal- and side-impact protection. Volvo's S60 sedan earned the top rating of "Good" in IIHS frontal-offset testing, and the V70 should offer similar crashworthiness.

Interior Design and Special Features

The V70's interior is similar in design to that of the S60 sedan. The controls are nicely weighted, although the pictograms depicting the various functions can be difficult to understand. The Volvo V70 offers wonderfully comfortable accommodations for front passengers, though legroom is tight for rear passengers. Fold the rear seats down, and there are 71.4 cubic feet of cargo space at your disposal. As an added bonus, the Volvo's front-passenger seat folds flat, as well. If you have more bodies than cargo, you can purchase the optional rear-facing third-row bench, which seats two children.

Driving Impressions

Neither engine available on the 2006 Volvo V70 is very strong for this price range. The 2.4 model tends to feel underpowered, so the reasonably quick 2.5T model is definitely the way to go. On twisty roads, the V70 feels planted and predictable, though if you're looking for true performance, the Subaru Legacy GT, Dodge Magnum and Volvo's high-performance V70 R are all better bets. Ride quality is generally smooth, though it can be a tad harsh over rough pavement.

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Gas Mileage


  • 16
  • cty
  • 23
  • highway
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