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Volvo XC70 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.5 L Inline 5-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 208 hp @ 5000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/23 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2007 Volvo XC70

  • Though the 2007 Volvo XC70 wagon remains a viable alternative for those who need an all-weather vehicle but don't want an SUV, Subaru's more powerful and agile Outback undercuts it on price while offering greater all-terrain capability.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Superb seat comfort, lots of cargo space for a wagon, variety of safety features, strong brakes, excellent snow vehicle.

  • Cons

    Not much power for this price range, modest handling, minimal off-road capability despite raised suspension, tight legroom in backseat.

  • What's New for 2007

    The 2007 Volvo XC70 picks up a revised set of alloy wheels and exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals. Additionally, stability control and a tire-pressure monitor are now standard. A dual-screen rear entertainment system is a new option, and the optional bi-xenon headlights are now an adaptive design, better enabling drivers to see around turns on dark roads. The rear-facing third-row seat is no longer available.

Full 2007 Volvo XC70 Review

What's New for 2007

The 2007 Volvo XC70 picks up a revised set of alloy wheels and exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals. Additionally, stability control and a tire-pressure monitor are now standard. A dual-screen rear entertainment system is a new option, and the optional bi-xenon headlights are now an adaptive design, better enabling drivers to see around turns on dark roads. The rear-facing third-row seat is no longer available.

Introduction

Although Volvo has expanded its lineup in recent years, creating SUVs and hardtop convertibles to appeal to a more diverse customer base, the company built its reputation on station wagons. These wagons have come in many different varieties, but the Volvo XC70 is easily the most unique. Originally called the V70 Cross Country (XC), it debuted in 1998, as consumer interest in SUVs was booming. Lacking a sport-utility of its own, Volvo took a midsize V70 station wagon, raised the suspension, fitted it with all-wheel drive and gave it a more aggressive front fascia. The XC proved popular with buyers, and soon the Cross Country accounted for half of all V70 sales. When the V70 was redesigned for 2001, so was the Cross Country. Designers tried to make it into a more serious all-terrain vehicle, giving it an even taller ride height and equipping it with skid plates.

Renamed the XC70 in 2003, this rugged Volvo wagon has never really lived up to its all-terrain promise, but it is a very capable snow vehicle. Driving an XC70 is much like driving a regular V70 2.5T wagon, though the XC's extra 250 pounds of weight make it feel a bit slower and less agile. Inside, the 2007 Volvo XC70 has a utilitarian ambience tempered by fabulously comfortable front seats and an ergonomically sound control layout. The rear seat is also plush, but there isn't much legroom. Cargo capacity, on the other hand, is abundant for a wagon, making the XC70 well-suited for hauling mountain bikes and dogs.

There's no question that the 2007 Volvo XC70 looks the part of an all-weather station wagon, but given its lack of off-road skills, it has no advantage over the less expensive Volkswagen Passat 4Motion wagon, which offers more interior room, lots more power and sharper handling. For buyers who really do want an all-wheel-drive wagon with raised ground clearance, the Subaru Outback is a better bet, as it offers true off-road capability for less money, along with superior driving dynamics on pavement.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

An all-wheel-drive midsize wagon, the 2007 Volvo XC70 comes in a single trim level. Standard equipment includes 16-inch alloy wheels, skid plates, a roof rack, a power driver seat with memory settings, dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker CD stereo, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, and faux wood trim.

Notable options include a navigation system (packaged with satellite radio), a 325-watt Dolby ProLogic II audio system with an in-dash CD changer, a rear DVD entertainment system with dual screens, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, 17-inch wheels and an adaptive suspension. The Premium Package adds leather upholstery, real walnut trim and a sunroof, while the Climate Package provides seat heaters, rain-sensing wipers and headlight washers. There's also a Four-C suspension option that features adjustable shock absorbers.

Powertrains and Performance

Only one engine is offered on the XC70 wagon, and it's a 2.5-liter, turbocharged inline five-cylinder rated for 208 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels in varying degrees, depending on available traction. Under normal conditions, 95 percent of the engine's power is routed to the front wheels for the sake of fuel economy. The Volvo's EPA mileage ratings are 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

Safety

The 2007 Volvo XC70 comes standard with antilock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, anti-whiplash front head restraints and Volvo's OnCall telematics. Opting for the Convenience Package equips your XC70 with rear parking assist, integrated child-booster seats and power rear-door safety locks. In government crash tests, the XC70 earned a perfect five stars for its frontal- and side-impact protection.

Interior Design and Special Features

In standard trim, the XC70's cabin doesn't look or feel particularly luxurious, but leather upholstery is available for those who want a more upscale cabin. The front seats provide excellent comfort, but legroom in the second row is tight. Interior ergonomics are generally good, although a few oddly placed controls take some getting used to. With the rear seats folded down, the XC70 has 71.5 cubic feet of cargo room, slightly less capacity than most midsize SUVs provide but considerably more than most other wagons.

Driving Impressions

With its soft, forgiving suspension, the XC70 provides a smooth, isolated ride on all surfaces. Sharp handling isn't in the XC's repertoire, but light steering and a relatively small size make for easy maneuvering. Buyers seeking a little extra agility should check off the Four-C adaptive suspension option. The fully automatic all-wheel-drive system assures surefootedness in inclement weather but the XC70 really isn't rugged enough for off-road adventures. On the move, the turbocharged engine is economical and reasonably smooth, with adequate power for most situations, but the automatic transmission is sometimes slow on the draw.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


8 of 12 people found this review helpful

Worst car i ever owned

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Vehicle: 2007 Volvo XC70 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 5A)

We purchased this car hoping to get well into 6 figures on the mileage. Well within 2000 miles of the warranty expiring i am incurring $8000 in repairs. Failed water pump and timing belt and then the transmission failed. Volvo and dealership seem to care less. I get it that i am outside the warranty, but come on Volvo! 2000 miles?



4 of 4 people found this review helpful

(almost) everything a car should

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Vehicle: 2007 Volvo XC70 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 5A)

I have owned two of this generation of the Volvo XC70. I upgraded from a 2001 to a 2007 to gain electronic stability control, a more powerful and cleaner running engine, and the Haldex AWD. The only reliability problem I have had in the 11 years since my first XC70 was delivered was a bad transmission in the 01. It covered by warranty, and at no point was I unable to drive the vehicle - even once it became obvious the transmission was going (it simply became loud and clunky).



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Gas and tires

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Vehicle: 2007 Volvo XC70 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 5A)

solid ,no mechanical fault with 36000k I get 19 to 21 in winter and sum.20 to 24,5 all hwy drive,you get better mpg at 77 then 74 or 65 ,uses more 68 to 74




A smooth ride

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Vehicle: 2007 Volvo XC70 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 5A)

This is my first experience with Volvo and after having driven the XC-70 for two years, I submit this review. The XC-70 is a wonderful machine with an incredibly smooth ride for a wagon. I feel very safe in this vehicle and the weight of the XC-70 surrounding me evokes a secure feeling. The XC-70 handles well in inclement weather and is easily maneuvered when quick action is required. For comfort and safety, I would recommend this model to any couple who loves to travel by auto. Would not recommend it if back seat passengers are often along -- too cramped.For safety and reliability, I would say it is second to none.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Glad i chose the xc70

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Vehicle: 2007 Volvo XC70 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 5A)

After thinking about it for a long time, I narrowed down my choice of cars to the XC70, Honda Element and Outback. Drove all 3 back to back. Bought the 2007 XC70 with 30k miles for a great price, especially with a trade-in of my 16 year old Toyota 4-runner! I thought there was not comparison between the Volvo and the Outback....I know the Outback has a good reputation, but the XC70 has blown me away (imagine moving from a 1993 4-runner to a 2007 XC70). It is such a joy to drive, and although I can't compare it to other cars in its class, I think it handles and rides incredibly. It is so solid and quiet and the interior is like sitting in your favorite leather chair.




Disappointed

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Vehicle: 2007 Volvo XC70 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 5A)

I leased this car in 10/2006 and purchased the additional service feature on it. The car has 26K miles on it and I need rotors, brakes, a new side view mirror, alignment, tires and horn. $1,100 to repair a car that I put $4K down on and have been paying $470/month ever since. I'm really disappointed and will not get another Volvo.



Talk About The 2007 XC70

2007 Volvo XC70 Discussions See all Started By

sweeney4
sweeney4
09-11-2006
My wife finally decided on VOLVO XC70 - 2007...


jim314
jim314
01-01-2008
According to the specs the 08 V70/XC70 should not be underpowered compared to your 07 XC70 2.5T. The naturally aspirated 3.2L I6 has a higher max hp rating (235 hp vs 208 hp) and the same max torque ...


dukie2
dukie2
04-01-2006
live in NC and don't really need the AWD of the XC70 but we like the sportier look. The current Volvo dealer incentives would make the XC70 the better buy because the incentives are higher than that ...



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