For 2010, the most obvious visual change is in the front grille, where the Volvo Iron Mark, the stylized spear and shield that has symbolized Volvo since, well, forever, is much larger than before. In profile, a single bold character line rises steadily from the trailing edge of the headlights, underscoring the windows before peaking gently just at the trailing edge of the rear door, creating a forward leaning, dynamic stance. Exterior dimensions come in at 189. Exterior dimensions come in at 189. The overall effect is very Scandinavian. Most test drivers liked the quality of the materials used in the 2009 Volvo V70, but some thought the standard grey cloth seating is plain.
On the inside, the cabin is treated to a Watch Dial instrument cluster; unique Deco inlays; leather seats; and unique pedals, gearshift knob and floor mats. It's very elegant both inside and outside - and in my eyes far more beautiful than its competitors. They just seem to power-up faster than the more common V6, spinning more freely and smoothly as they go. The up-down gear change action has a smooth, quality feel, and the transmission won't insult the driver by shifting up on its own if the revs get too high. It's not a machine that makes you crave more sporty features. No squeaks or rattles, and noise level is also a huge improvement over the old V70 model. In the daily grind through the suburban jungle, however, the V70 is the better ride.
More to the safety point, it allows you to determine from anywhere whether you locked the car, though you'll have to call your spouse or friend to lock it for you if you are already on the plane, because it can't actually lock the V70 out of range of the remote. It's not a machine that makes you crave more sporty features. During a rear-end impact, the seatbacks move rearward to reduce acceleration forces on the occupant's back and neck, while the headrest pushes forward and upward slightly to meet the neck and head as they are thrust backward. On the flip side, fuel economy is good for this class and engine noise and vibration are barely detectable from inside the car. Families who have outgrown child safety seats will appreciate the available two-stage child booster seats rear outboard seating , which allow young children a higher perch, putting them within coverage of the side-curtain airbags. And the new R-Design model promises sharper handling. The value of the fold-flat front-passenger seat should not be underestimated as it allows hauling of long items, such as a ladder or a nine-foot fly rod rigged and ready to move to the next spot upstream.
Of interest to some will be the new Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle variant of the 3. The primary knobs are big and raised substantially from the surface, and the airflow controls are fashioned in an icon shaped like a seated person, so there's absolutely no confusion about directing air toward the face, feet or windshield. Model Lineup The 2010 Volvo V70 3. The front passenger seat folds down for additional cargo capacity. We wouldn't recommend six-footers sit back there for a cross-country trip.
The new R-Design model is distinguished by silk-metal trim on the grille and outside mirrors, a tailgate spoiler, black aluminum window trim, and 18-inch Cratus alloy wheels. This optimizes the seatbelt geometry regardless of the child's stature. Other than that, I've had no unexpected expenses to deal with. Does that massive, cab-over semi truck plow into the cargo hatch of the Volvo V70 and wreck carnage with its passenger cell, or does it avoid a collision all together? Overall, the V70 cabin is elegant and pleasing. Bodystyle: 4-door wagon Engines: 3. Other accessories include a cargo fence that could add safety when hauling the dog around. It will easily support 50 pounds.
The package is silky smooth. In my opinion, this is one of the best premium cars in its price range note: Norwegian price level. There's a bit of storage under the load floor, though the locking bin there is no more than six inches deep. While the base-level V70 3. Passengers can control the system with a remote. They just seem to power-up faster than the more common V6, spinning more freely and smoothly as they go. A quieter, better-finished interior, a ride that's less stiff and more responsive handling than the previous model are welcome attributes of this edition, although its performance, ride and handling don't inspire enthusiasm.
The center stack is a thin panel no more than two inches thick, with open space behind it. The clean and simple dash design puts controls within easy reach of both driver and passenger, while Volvo's new signature open-back center console adds a touch of style not usually associated with the family wagon. Interior The Volvo V70 cabin is the company's best interior yet. The available navigation system has been revised to make it more user-friendly. There are also a host of load-related accessories, such as hooks, nets and space dividers. Reviewers said the seats are comfortable for most passengers; however, like in most wagons, the back seats are better for two adults rather than three. The rear seats are not the roomiest, given the apparent size of the vehicle.
Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-550-5658 -. From the rear, the V70's hexagonal shape reminds us of Volvo's sporty C30 coupe. Now entering its third year of production, the 2010 V70 continues to play an important role for Volvo as its flagship station wagon from a company known for station wagons. But try one before you buy, as we've found a hard ride in other Volvo models with 18-inch wheels. The tail lights are very big and bright enough to startle in the dark, and the rear glass window extends down lower than the side windows to improve rearward visibility.