2009 Volvo V70 Performance
Auto critics generally agree the 2009 Volvo V70 offers adequate levels of performance. While it certainly isn't a speed demon, its powertrain operates smoothly. The deal-breaker, however, may be its disappointing fuel economy.
- "You won't have to leave early to get the kids to soccer practice, but neither will you be tempted to take the long, twisty road home." -- Motor Trend
- "It will be suitable daily transport for many Americans, preferable to a large SUV." -- AutoWeek
- "Quiet and refined at speed, this wagon isn't terribly exciting to drive. But it gets the job done-namely hauling you, your stuff, and your family safely and in comfort." -- Car and Driver
Acceleration and Power
The 2009 V70 is equipped with a 3.2-liter I6 engine that produces 235-horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 236 pound-feet of torque at 3,200 rpm. While critics believe that it's underpowered, many concede that it still provides adequate levels of oomph. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. According to the EPA, the V70 provides a city/highway fuel economy of 16/25 mpg -- which disappoints reviewers.
- "V70 is down on power compared to other midsize premium cars, but it moves along nicely just the same. There's more than adequate power from a stop, and enough reserve power for fuss-free passing and merging. The smooth transmission is quick to respond to throttle inputs." -- Consumer Guide
- "The sole available engine -- a 235-horsepower 3.2-liter inline-6 -- sounds unbecomingly truckish under hard acceleration. It's truckish at the gas pump, too, with EPA fuel economy estimates of just 16 mpg city/25 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined -- that's a virtual dead heat with the gargantuan Chevrolet Traverse and Ford Flex crossover SUVs." -- Edmunds
Handling and Braking
Though the V70's handling dynamics don't impress, test drivers still find it adequate for everyday performance.
- "The 2009 Volvo V70 has a smooth and refined ride befitting its premium status. Don't expect to have any fun, however, as the V70's light steering and ample body roll put the kibosh on any handling hijinks. Nevertheless, the V70 is markedly smaller than most crossover SUVs, so it feels more maneuverable in tight spots." -- Edmunds
- "A commendable balance of road feel and bump isolation. V70 doesn't smother potholes and street imperfections completely, but it does eliminate the harshness. ... V70 benefits from direct, responsive steering and well controlled lean in corners. Reassuring, powerful-feeling brakes complete the package." -- Consumer Guide
- "On a German autobahn, the big brakes demonstrated reassuring retardation with no perceptible fade or judder after several 140-to-60-mph decels." -- Motor Trend