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

2004 Volvo XC70 Wagon - Consumer Review

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So little needed to make much better
By rrscott on


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


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

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

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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