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2008 Volvo V70 Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Volvo V70 was new.

The 2008 V70's cabin evokes the Volvo S80 both in design and features, and a stretched wheelbase and added ceiling height ensures greater comfort for up to five passengers.

Seating

Several reviews praise the V70's seating. According to the Detroit News, they're "pretty sweet for this 50-something -- ample, yet grippy." Consumer Guide says occupants will be "coddled by Volvo's usual wide, plush seats."

For 2008, the V70's rear seats now have dual built-in booster cushions that have two-stage height adjustment to better protect children in a collision. Additionally, Motor Trend notes, "This also improves their view out, which may quell rear-seat whining almost as effectively as a costly rear-seat DVD system."

Interior Features

The V70's standard features are plentiful, and outfitted in quality materials. AutoWeek says, "Measured by function and simplicity of operation, the 70s' various controls are better than those in most other luxury brands," and especially highlights the optional oil-finished walnut trim. Meanwhile, Car and Driver notes the cabin's "logical layout and pleasing furnishings."

Standard amenities for the new V70 include a driver information display, a trip computer and an ambient temperature gauge. Cars.com says, "Like the S80, the five-seat V70 has a simple, clutter-free dashboard and a floating center control panel" with a layout Kelley Blue Book describes as "near perfect, with every switch, lever and button within easy reach of both the driver and passenger."

The V70's standard audio system has eight speakers and a 4x40 watt amplifier. It also features an auxiliary jack and an MP3/WMA compatible single-disc CD player, and is operated by mounted controls on the V70's tilt and telescoping steering wheel. A six-disc CD player is optional, as is a rear-seat DVD entertainment system and Sirius Satellite Radio connectivity.

Navigation

Volvo's optional navigation system is an acquired taste, due to its retractable 6.5-inch color screen. Kelley Blue Book lists it as a favorite feature, as the screen is "positioned atop the dash instead of integrated into the audio." But others aren't satisfied -- notably, the Detroit News, who says the screen popping out of the dashboard "seemed pretty stupid and was quite distracting, especially at night." Later, the Detroit News notes, "Same for that silly hand-held remote control for the navigation system. I can picture myself doing about 60 mph down some dirt road and fumbling for the remote. And talk about easy to lose."

Cargo

The V70's 71.4 cubic feet for carrying cargo is in keeping with its class. The rear seats fold down in three different ways and make what Consumer Guide calls "a flat, long, fairly wide deck." Once folded, the space is good for accommodating "a weekend's worth of gear, the family pups or the tools and hardware to tackle your next home improvement job," according to Kelley Blue Book.

But there are varying opinions of the smaller stowage areas. The 2008 V70 has a "new handy coat hook on the side of the front passenger seat head restraint," MSN reports. "I didn't have to reach way back to get at my jacket." But the Detroit News found the V70's "very small map pockets didn't hold much."

Review Last Updated: 2/26/09

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