Ours is a '07 model and we bought it in '10 with 32K miles. In two years I have put close to 30K miles on it. It being our first Volvo, and first Euro car for that matter of fact, it's been a very pleasant car. At first we were feeling iffy about due to our fear about the notorious high cost of maintenance of Euro cars. Fortunately, in two years the only repair expense (not including regular maint.) was $150 to replace the brake vacuum pump. It certainly helps that our local Volvo dealer repair shop has very competitive pricing. The car is quite powerful and handles quite well. Some critics say it's not very sporty when compared to BMW. But not everybody needs or really wants a BMW.
Comfort, powerful with decent fuel economy, handling, classy interior.
I love the exterior so much, that I think it even looks better than the new V70.
Most of all, I love it's versatility and utility.
Not any other wagon will let you fold the rear seats completely flat AND fold down the front passenger seat back for extra long items.
The near vertical rear door adds to the cargo space.
Also, I don't have a hitch on mine but it has the towing capacity of a minivan.
Turning radius is big.
But then we don't do U turns all the time so I can live with that.
My first review was Oct 2007. Since then the V70 has 19,000 miles on it - low mileage. The door locks have gone crazy opening and closing at random and that was fixed. The main problem I have had is with rust buildup on the brake rotors and pads which cause wheel shimmy when braking. At first Volvo refused to cover under warranty citing normal wear and tear. Cost- almost $1000. After complaining to main office NJ, they agreed to cover the rotors but not the pads (all 4 wheels). Ridiculous. That's still $450. I have never had this problem in 47 years. I would never recommend to anyone to buy a new Volvo - they used to be really great cars when they were 4 cylinder cars. I still have 2 940s.
Style is great. Excellent for long trips. Rain sensor is great.
Brake rotors and pads. Brake rotors are subject to serious corrosion if not driven frequently. Never had this problem and I am 63 years old. Have had Volvos since 1985 but this is my last one.
I have been wanting to purchase a V70 or XC70 for a few years. I swapped my Toyota 4Runner due to gas mileage for the V70. The Volvo drives and sounds a lot like my Honda Accord that I had 12 years ago! I love that Honda and I love the way this car drives. I will be using the car for surfing, so I opted for the optional roof racks which do produce some wind noise. The biggest suprise is the performance. I have owned 3 porsches and I currently own a 911. I must say the Volvo's pick up is excellent, and I can really feel the turbo's kick. I am very pleased with the car so far, and I hope to keep it for at least 8-10 years!
Booster seats, leather, performance, exterior styling, usability and visibility.
I bought a 2007 V70 closeout which came with lots of options as a replacement for my wife's 940 which was totaled in a wreck -- great deal . The car is very comfortable driving and handling. The 2.5T has excellent pickup compared with the older B230F engine. Gas mileage is good -- approx 22 mpg around town.
Styling. I like the battery and fuses in trunk as a safety improvement. The dual temp control is a nice feature since different folks like different temps. The additional 12v outlets and 6 cup holders is great. The 3 person memory electric seat is a plus. Tire pressue monitoring is excellent idea.
Larger diameter steering wheel and dual switchs for electric mirrors, as on the 940, instead of the Ford'ized Taurus type switches. Rear legroom needs about 2 additional inches. One or two more 12v outlets.
Provides more usable space than most small SUVs while possessing better road manners and comfort. However, after having driven Saabs for many years, I found the large turning radius of this vehicle to be almost truck-like by comparison.
Comfortable seats and reasonable performance.
Steering and fuel economy. Availability of a 6 speed manual transmission.