2004 Volvo XC70 Consumer Review: So little needed to make much
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2004 Volvo XC70 - Consumer Review

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So little needed to make much better
By rrscott on

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2004 Volvo XC70 AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 5A)

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A good practical car with much improved exterior design from earlier models. The lack of standard transmission is a serious mistake. The geartronic works but the lag in shifting and the difficulty in knowing what gear you are in is disorienting and limits performance. Driving is very civilized and secure, but suffers from lack of feedback to driver. The feeling is of a refined car being driven in accord with your commands by someone else, rather than a sense of the car being an extension of oneself.

Best Features

The small intelligent things like exceptional booster seats and the clear priority attached to safety.

Worst Features

Standard transmission, and giving more choice on expensive options like leather and sunroof which many of us do not want. Pricing in Canada appears to be out of line when compared to other Euro imports.
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