2012 Volvo XC70 T6 AWD Wagon (3.0L 6-cyl. Turbo AWD 6-speed Automatic)
Ratings SummaryThis rating has been carried forward from a prior year because the newer model has no substantial differences.
You could say the Volvo XC70 wagon is treading water in a frothy sea of crossover SUVs. But it does more than tread water, as it strikes an intriguing compromise between a sedan and an SUV. The T6 model is exceptionally quick, and all Volvos are extremely safe and well-made.
PerformanceThe Volvo XC70 was not designed as a performance wagon. It's meant to bridge the gap between wagons and crossover SUVs, with some off-road ability thrown in. Still, its 300-hp turbo six gives healthy forward thrust.
With a 0-60-mph time of just 6.1 seconds, the XC70 T6 is downright quick in this segment. The twin-scroll turbo comes on very strong and the six-speed automatic provides ultra-smooth shifts.
Although the Volvo exhibited a linear and powerful enough brake feel around town, during panic stop tests the distances were unnervingly lengthy and erratic.
Communicative steering although effort was a bit on the light side for our taste. Most folks probably won't notice or mind. But we appreciate that there's some good feedback.
Stability system was intrusive at test track, but not on public roads. Soft suspension means the car leans heavily through turns, but still handles better than most competitors.
This Volvo wagon is an easy, comfortable car to drive, especially with the powerful turbo engine and smooth transmission. An abrupt throttle is the only real complaint.
The XC70 T6 can tow up to 3,300 lb, while the Subaru Outback has a max tow rating of 3,000 lb.
You're not going to do any rock crawling with this tough-looking Volvo wagon, but rough dirt roads or snow-covered mountain passes? No problem.
ComfortThe Volvo XC70 is a quiet and comfortable car. Good sound insulation materials keep outside noise where it belongs. Outside. The plush suspension and all-season tires provide a cushy ride. This car turns up its nose and laughs at bumps.
Wide, flat seats with excellent lumbar support. The cushions are a little firmer than typical of Volvo, but still fine for long hauls.
The XC's plush suspension soaks up both large and small bumps very well. Feels like there's plenty of suspension travel. All-season tires help, too.
Minimal wind and road noise, the last thanks to good acoustic insulation and quiet tires. Turbo engine is hushed at low revs, but a bit odd-sounding up high for a 6-cylinder.
InteriorThe XC has a nice mix of leather, walnut wood and metal trim. But as comfortable as the interior is, there are a few oddities. Like the center stack number pad and hard-to-reach lumbar adjuster. But boy is there a lot of luggage room.
Volvo still clings to its center-stack number pad for audio, plus changing stations on SiriusXM is nonintuitive. Seat lumbar adjuster is in an odd location on right side of seat.
Rear doors don't open as wide as some competitors and you have to duck your head a bit to get in the back. But the front seats have totally easy entry and exit.
Rear foot room is a bit limited. Rear headroom is fine once you're actually sitting. There's plenty of headroom and width in which to spread out up front.
Pretty airy cabin with lots of windows makes for few blindspots. The rear window in particular is quite large. Has front and rear sonar, but no backup camera.
The front bin behind the thin center console is useless. Good-size center armrest bin. Door pockets are long but narrow. Excellent luggage capacity, both with seats up and down.
ValueThe XC70 T6 has a far nicer interior than the Subaru Outback, while it's considerably larger than the Audi Allroad. And it has more horsepower than both while offering a host of standard features.
Build Quality (vs. $)
Almost every aspect of this car looks and feels well made. There are lots of soft-touch materials and the real wood is a nice, upscale touch, especially at the $46,000 price.
Bluetooth, SiriusXM and iPod ports are expected at this price point, but you also get leather, a sunroof, heated front/rear seats and a blind-spot warning.
The XC70 starts around $33,000, with our T6 AWD test car at $46,000. That's more expensive than the Subaru Outback, but about the same as the smaller, less powerful Audi Allroad.
The EPA rates the Volvo XC70 T6 AWD at 17 city/23 highway/20 combined mpg. We averaged 18.9 mpg in mixed driving. The non-turbo front-drive model does 1 or 2 mpg better.
The XC70's basic warranty and drivetrain warranty span 5 years/60,000 miles. The basic warranty bests the Subaru Outback, although the Subie matches the Volvo for drivetrain.
Free maintenance for 5 years/50,000 miles and complimentary roadside assistance for four years. The Audi Allroad offers free maintenance for a piddly 1 year/5,000 miles.
Fun To DriveOnly the most hard-core Volvo owners will try to tell you that the XC70 is fun to drive. It's certainly no V70R from the old days. The fun nature of the XC comes from its rugged ability to deal with all manner of weather and roads.
The fun part of this Volvo driving experience is the plentiful power from the turbo six-cylinder. Otherwise, you're driving a Volvo wagon. Sure is comfortable though.
There's not a ton of personality here, but you do have the knowledge that this is a very safe, well-made machine with all-wheel drive.
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