2009 Volvo V70 Review
Though the 2009 Volvo V70 is safe, comfortable and practical, its performance capabilities disappoint. If you're in the market for great handling, or at least good fuel economy, look elsewhere.
Unless you're a soccer mom, the 2009 Volvo V70 probably won't make your heart pitter-patter. Its lackluster performance and uninspiring exterior aside, the V70 offers loads of safety features, comfy seats, and vast cargo room. For an average family of five, it's pretty darn practical. In fact, Motor Trend writes, "In lieu of lusty emotional appeal, these all-new wagons are imbued with more of everything the Volvo faithful appreciate."
If you're shopping for a luxury wagon, be sure to put the Audi A4 Avant on your short-list. It trumps the V70 in nearly every category -- offering better fuel economy, top-notch safety scores, standard all-wheel drive, and much more. The BMW 3-Series Wagon also makes a better buy, though it's a tad more expensive.
Redesigned in 2008, the Volvo V70 station wagon carries into the 2009 model year virtually unchanged.
- "This midsize wagon is best appreciated as the value-seeker's luxury car. ... For shoppers looking for room, comfort, utility, and a dose of coddling, the V70 is a must see." -- Consumer Guide
- "In sum, while the V70 is undoubtedly a competent vehicle, we'd recommend shopping around before deciding that it's the wagon for you." -- Edmunds