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Volvo XC70 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.2 L Inline 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 240 hp @ 6200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/25 mpg
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2013 Volvo XC70

  • B Edmunds Rating
  • For 2013, the Volvo XC70 receives minor standard feature adjustments. The T6 version now has a sport mode for its transmission.

  • Safety | Rating Details
  • Pros

    Exceptional seat comfort; numerous safety features; available integrated rear booster seats; ample cargo capacity; potent turbocharged engine.

  • Cons

    Unimpressive handling; so-so fuel economy; disappointing braking distances.

  • What's New for 2013

    The 2013 Volvo XC70 is an agreeable luxury wagon but offers few advantages over more popular crossover SUVs.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (3 total reviews)


Test drove the 2012 xc70

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Vehicle: 2012 Volvo XC70

XC70 t6 is a great looking solid vehicle... I test drove a 2012 t6 with 70K miles for about 40 minutes in city and highway... The MPG are not great but the power is smooth and it is a 4100 pound solid vehicle that you will hopefully be safe in. The seats and interior and features are fantastic better than a BMW, Audi, or MB. At this point it is either a MB wagon, XC70 t6, Subaru Out Back... I wont get a BMW wagon because of the RFT. I just don't see a utility vehicle or people mover not having a spare tire... The MB no off road... So its going to be an t6 or an Out Back. I would recommend a XC70 t6 it a very solid machine...



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Love my new car

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Vehicle: 2012 Volvo XC70

My family loves this Wagon. Perfect daily driver for people with kids and pets. Comfortable on long trips. Safety features are very important to my family and this car doesn't disappoint. This Volvo Wagon is effortless to drive and I look forward to any excuse for a road trip.



9 of 33 people found this review helpful

Solid, smooth and very powerful

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Vehicle: 2012 Volvo XC70

This is my second xc70 after trading up from a 2006 model. The new T6 model is so much better than the previous model. The engine is terrific and the comfort and ride quality are much improved. Gas mileage is about the same as the old turbo 5 cyl. (avg. 19.6 so far on reg. fuel; but car only has 500 miles on it and is not broken in yet). The premium stereo is terrific and the streaming bluetooth works great. The overall feeling of the car is very refined and is a great car for someone with young kids. Cargo space is obviously excellent as well. Very happy with my new car and looking forward to the first road trip!



Gas Mileage

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  • 25
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Full 2013 Volvo XC70 Review

What's New for 2013

The 2013 Volvo XC70 is an agreeable luxury wagon but offers few advantages over more popular crossover SUVs.

Introduction

Whether you like it or not, SUVs have essentially made the traditional station wagon virtually obsolete for most consumers. Yes, most modern wagons now offer all-wheel drive and most folks don't need seven-passenger seating. But in our image-conscious society, a tough-looking SUV tends to trump a sedately styled wagon. Ah, but what if you made a wagon look more like an SUV? Well, you'd pretty much get the 2013 Volvo XC70.

The Volvo XC inherits the company's legacy of wagon design, and by and large it's a successful formula. With available all-wheel drive and a raised ride height, the XC70 provides a comfortable and sure-footed way to get to the trailhead or ski resort. Its SUV-like styling isn't just all flash, either; those lower body panels are dent-resistant, and underneath you'll find skid plates to protect the car on that washed-out dirt road to the cabin. The XC70 is also quite practical, with more available cargo space than most crossover SUVs. Finally, Volvo (http://www.edmunds.com/volvo/) has given the XC the full gamut of safety equipment.

The biggest issue facing the Volvo XC70 is that it doesn't provide the dynamic advantages that you think a wagon would. Acceleration is mediocre with the base engine, and while the top-of-the-line turbocharged inline-6 engine is much quicker, it gets about the same fuel economy as much roomier crossovers like the Ford Flex. Another downside is its passenger package, as there just isn't the same kind of rear-seat room that you'll find in a more upright crossover. A wagon's assets are fuel-efficiency and easy cargo loading; a crossover is better as a people-hauler.

As such, we think your choices are pretty wide open at this price point. Top small luxury crossovers such as the Audi Q5, Mercedes GLK and the Volvo XC60 combine good people packaging with a surprisingly engaging driving experience. We're also fond of the Ford Flex given its greater interior room and Subaru Outback for its less expensive price. But if you want a midsize luxury wagon with some SUV attitude, the 2013 Volvo XC70 will work out well.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2013 Volvo XC70 is a five-passenger wagon available in two model designations -- 3.2 or T6. The 3.2 stands for the 3.2-liter inline-6 engine, while T6 stands for the turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6. The 3.2 is available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, while the T6 is AWD only.

Standard equipment on the 3.2 includes 16-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, front and rear skid plates, roof rails, heated mirrors, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 40/20/40-split rear seat, an eight-way power driver seat with memory functions, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, neoprene-like "Tricotec" upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB audio interface. The T6 adds a more powerful engine, standard all-wheel drive, 18-inch wheels and keyless ignition/entry.

The Premier package adds leather upholstery, a sunroof, keyless ignition/entry (3.2), a power passenger seat and rear privacy glass. The Premier Plus package adds to that active xenon headlights, a power liftgate, front and rear parking sensors and power-folding rear head restraints. The Platinum package adds a rearview camera, a navigation system and a premium audio system. The Climate package adds heated front and rear seats, heated windshield-washer nozzles and an air quality sensor. The Technology package adds adaptive cruise control, road sign information, automatic high beams and warning systems for impending collisions, distance alert, driver inattention, lane departure and pedestrian detection. Some of these systems allow the car to brake automatically in certain situations. Other options include a blind-spot warning system and integrated rear child booster seats.

Powertrains and Performance

Base engine for the 2013 Volvo XC70 is a 3.2-liter inline-6 that produces 240 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic and front-wheel drive are standard, but all-wheel drive is optional.

Volvo claims the XC70 3.2 will sprint to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds, which would be a slow time compared to small luxury crossovers. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 19 mpg city/25 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined with front-wheel drive, and 18/24/20 with all-wheel drive.

The T6 AWD steps up to a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 that produces 300 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. In Edmunds performance testing, the T6 went from zero to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds, which is about a second quicker than the average small luxury crossover. EPA-estimated fuel economy stands at 17/23/20.

Safety

The 2013 XC70 comes standard with antilock disc brakes, hill descent control, stability control, traction control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and anti-whiplash front head restraints. Also standard is Volvo's City Safety feature that helps drivers avoid collisions with vehicles in front of them. Integrated rear booster seats and a blind-spot warning system are optional on every XC70.

The available Technology package adds warning systems for impending collisions, distance alert, driver inattention, lane departure and pedestrian detection. Some of those systems allow the car to brake automatically in certain situations. The Personal Car Communicator included with keyless ignition/entry warns the driver through the key fob if a heartbeat is detected inside the car.

In Edmunds brake testing, the XC70 T6 AWD came to a stop in 133 feet, which is about 10 feet longer than average.

Interior Design and Special Features

Favorable first impressions come soon after you enter the 2013 Volvo XC70. If you choose the available matte-finish wood and leather trim, the cabin is a showcase of modern Swedish style, with Volvo's trademark "floating" center stack panel and artfully designed controls. Volvo's infotainment system allows drivers to manage audio, navigation and other functions from a 7-inch high-definition color monitor. Although its unorthodox interface is not quite as good as systems found in competitors, it works well enough once learned.

The front seats are among the best in the business, achieving a rare combination of chiropractor-approved comfort and body-hugging support. Legroom is a little tight in back, yet the seats seem to swallow up every body type with ease. The rear seat is also versatile, with its 40/20/40 split-folding design and the incredibly useful integrated child booster seats. Lay down the backseat and the XC70's total cargo room expands to more than 72 cubic feet. With the rear seat up, cargo is limited to 33 cubic feet. This is more than most small crossover SUVs. Due to its comparatively lower overall height, it's also a little easier to load recreational gear, such as kayaks and bikes, atop the XC70.

Driving Impressions

The 2013 Volvo XC70 has a refined, sophisticated ride befitting its premium status. However, light-effort steering, noticeable body roll and an elevated center of gravity leave us yearning for the tighter, nimbler ride associated with older, more traditional Volvo wagons. The base six-cylinder is sluggish while accelerating on the freeway and sounds coarse for a premium brand. Our preferred engine choice, the turbocharged T6 version, adds much-needed kick around town and remains potent even when driven at altitude.

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