Volvo XC70
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Volvo XC70

Volvo XC70
Essentially a V70 wagon wrapped in a Vibram boot sole, the XC70 is distinguished from its wagon kin by the hip-high composite cladding encompassing the vehicle, a couple-inch higher ride height and all-wheel drive as standard equipment. -- Dan Neil (FORD)
Volvo XC70
The 2008 XC70 is powered by the company’s 3.2-liter inline six (235 hp at 6,200 rpm and 236 pound-feet of torque at 3,200 rpm) bolted to a six-speed Aisin-Warner automatic transmission with manual-shift programming. -- Dan Neil (FORD)
Volvo XC70
The new hatch design, with the vertical taillights integrated into the liftgate, opens up a huge hole for cargo loading. With the rear seats down, the car will hold 77 cubic feet of pricey Gore-Tex gear. -- Dan Neil (FORD)
Volvo XC70
Another nice feature is the car’s built-in child booster seats. Naturally, it’s super safe, with air bags, anti-lock, anti-spin everything, smart cruise control and plenty of optional driver aids, like the side-object warning system (which as far as I can tell alerts you that you’ve hit a motorcyclist). -- Dan Neil (FORD)
Volvo XC70
But the XC70 is painfully slow to accelerate -- at least nine seconds to 60 mph -- and once at highway speeds isn’t particularly interested in passing acceleration. I tried using the manumatic shift-gate, but it didn’t really make a difference. Also, the fuel economy is just a little bit awful: 15 mpg city, 22 highway. -- Dan Neil ()
Volvo XC70
I’m sure the XC70 can muddle competently over dirt roads and ford the occasional creek -- the ground clearance is a rangy 8-plus inches -- but I would think twice about putting this thing in anything slippery, not with this overloaded pack. And not, may I say, with the stock tires. -- Dan Neil (FORD)
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