2010 Volvo V70 Performance
Auto critics generally agree the 2010 Volvo V70 offers subpar 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 2010 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 18/27 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
- "Acceleration from the six-cylinder is adequate, but the engine is coarse-sounding and just generally off the pace of other luxury wagons and even some crossovers." -- Edmunds
Handling and Braking
Though the V70's handling dynamics don't impress, test drivers still find it adequate for everyday performance.
- "The 2010 Volvo V70 has a smooth and refined ride befitting its premium status. The V70's light steering and ample body roll put the kibosh on driving enjoyment, however." -- Edmunds
- "V70 3.2 delivers a commendable balance of road feel and bump isolation. It doesn't smother potholes and street imperfections completely, but it does eliminate the harshness." -- Consumer Guide
- "Quiet and refined at speed, with decent steering and smooth powertrains." -- Car and Driver
- "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