2008 Volvo V70 Review
This review was written when the 2008 Volvo V70 was new.
The V70 has a plush and practical cabin, and continues to uphold Volvo's reputation for safety. However, its performance is uninspiring for luxury wagons.
Despite the appeal of the V70's interior, there also those who report the practical V70 lacks the muscle or edge expected for its class. Motor Trend's list of descriptors for the new V70 includes "sweet, capable, competent, convenient, safe, roomy, useful, willing, well-equipped, smells good. Hardly the stuff of heart-pounding, sweaty-palmed, fantasy, eh?"
Both the redesigned V70 and the highly similar Volvo XC70 have adopted many attributes from the Volvo S80 sedan. New V70s have an expanded wheelbase, a streamlined powertrain and new safety features. If you're interested in a luxury wagon, consider the XC70's crossover appeal, or the all-around excellence of the BMW 3-Series Wagon.
- "If more Americans gave wagons a choice, we think they'd enjoy this wagon." -- Forbes
- "There are only so many ways to style a sedan-based wagon, if, as Volvo insists, it has to have class-leading load space and room to accommodate a household washing machine without folding the seats." -- Car and Driver
- "The redesigned 2008 Volvo V70 is a stylish grocery getter with plenty of get-up-and-go. Its entertainment and active safety tech options are impressive, but its lack of Bluetooth hands-free calling is a disappointment." -- CNET
- "In lieu of lusty emotional appeal, these all-new wagons are imbued with more of everything the Volvo faithful appreciate." -- Motor Trend
- "Volvo has long been a stalwart manufacturer of station wagons. Even when the wagons of yesterday went the way of jelly shoes, Volvo stayed the course, continuing to spiff up its product. As a result, it now produces the station wagon of today. What can I say? When the 2008 V70 arrived at my house, it made me nostalgic for the good old days." -- Mother Proof