2009 Volvo V70 Interior
Overall, reviewers like the V70's comfortable seats, functional features, and large cargo hold. With the exception of drab grays, its fit and finish also leaves reviewers satisfied.
- "Cabin materials are padded and/or nicely grained where it matters most. Assembly quality is first rate. Standard vinyl/cloth seating surfaces feel durable and expensive, but in the gray of our test car appeared solemnly bland." -- Consumer Guide
- "The wood and leather trim in the optional Premium Package really dress up the V70's otherwise austere inside. In any form, though, the V70's cabin is a showcase of modern Swedish style, with Volvo's trademark 'floating' center stack panel and artfully designed controls." -- Edmunds
- "Sleeker exterior styling is echoed inside, where the trademark slim "floating" center console can be faced in burled walnut or an aluminum trim decorated with random lines." -- Motor Trend
Critics agree that the V70's seats are comfortable; though it accommodates four passengers better than five.
- "The V70's front seats are among the best in the business, achieving a rare combination of chiropractor-approved comfort and body-hugging support. The backseat is also comfortable, though perhaps a bit short on legroom." -- Edmunds
- "[The front seats offer] Plenty of headroom and legroom, even for taller occupants. Thin roof pillars and large glass areas combine for excellent all-around visibility. ... [The rear seats offer] Decent space for two adults, but three across seating is acceptable only for short hops. Under-seat foot space is limited, compromising comfort when the front seats are too far back." -- Consumer Guide
Auto writers, on balance, appreciate the V70's simple, yet functional, controls. However, its optional navigation system earns poor reviews.
- "Measured by function and simplicity of operation, the 70s' various controls are better than those in most other luxury brands." -- AutoWeek
- "Without the [navigation] system, V70's control layout is simple and generally intuitive. Gauges are large, clearly marked, and easy to read. Several testers found the digital bar graph a poor substitute for a conventional fuel gauge." -- Consumer Guide
- "The optional navigation system is cumbersome, however, featuring a mishmash of control stalks, a handheld remote and a screen that pops out of the dash." -- Edmunds
Reviewers are satisfied with the V70's 71.4 cubic feet of cargo space.
- "Large, boxy, nicely finished cargo area features flat folding second-row seats and handy under floor storage. A storage-lid prop and cargo tie-down points are nice touches. In cabin storage is limited to an average size glovebox and center console, as well as a few tiny cubbies." -- Consumer Guide
- "The rear seats are split 40/20/40 to accommodate various cargo-carrying needs, and a movable cargo floor is available. The front passenger seat folds down for additional cargo capacity." -- Cars.com
- "A grocery bag holder is offered for the cargo area, and a ready trash bag holder not only is built in at the back of the front center console, it's designed to hold the trash bag open for easy use." -- MSN