2003 Volvo XC70 Consumer Review: 2002 XC70 at 5,000 miles

2003 Volvo XC70 - Consumer Review

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Base Wagon (2.5L 5-cyl. Turbo AWD 5-speed Automatic)

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2002 XC70 at 5,000 miles
By powerpa on


2003 Volvo XC70 AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 5A)


Pretty nice car, underpowered, could
use a 3L six with the
turbo/intercooler. HP in 2002 was
197hp or so, about 207 or so in 2003.
Not enough for a 3800lb AWD car. HP
should be 225 and up. Highway
handling at speed can be a little bit
sloppy, but acceptable. Car is
essentially 95% FWD and then AWD (sort
of) when you need it. Tends to drift
left a lot in the fast lane - Volvo
says it's because of 'road crown'. I
don't buy it. Comfortable highway
cruiser for long trips on cruise-
control (as long as you don't drive in
the fast lane - pulls left).

Best Features

Manual shifting of auto tranny, whatever they call it. Pretty cool, works well. Good bad-weather car, has been great in the snow. Also, you feel like you are in a tank - feels very safe. The front pillars are real beefy. Seats and interior are very comfortable.

Worst Features

3L 6 engine, 225HP, or more. Maybe consider 50-50 AWD like Audi or full time. Keep the ground height/clearance.
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