2010 Volvo V70 Review
The 2010 V70 is safe, comfortable and practical -- so it's not surprising that it's a Consumer Guide "Recommended Buy." Still, reviewers report that it's a disappointing performer. If you're in the market for great handling, or at least good fuel economy, look elsewhere.
Despite its performance shortcomings, the Volvo V70 makes a practical family wagon. In addition to offering several high-tech safety features, it boasts a comfortable cabin and features loads of cargo space. "In lieu of lusty emotional appeal, these all-new wagons are imbued with more of everything the Volvo faithful appreciate," says Motor Trend.
Still, test drivers report that compared to the competition, the V70 lacks power and is less fuel efficient. For these reasons, many reviewers urge shoppers to look elsewhere. "Certainly, the 2010 Volvo V70 delivers the expected amounts of space and safety while adding some style and innovative features to the mix," writes Edmunds. "But overall it does not make for a particularly enticing choice."
Other Wagons to Consider
If you're in the market for a luxury wagon, check out the Audi A4 Avant. It trumps the V70 in nearly every category -- offering better fuel economy, top-notch safety scores, standard all-wheel drive, and much more. It costs slightly more, but also offers more bang for your buck.
The BMW 3-Series Wagon also makes a great choice -- and sets the performance benchmark for this class.
Details: Volvo V70
The Volvo V70 station wagon carries into the 2010 model year virtually unchanged. It is equipped with a 235-horsepower I6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. After 2010, the Volvo V70 will no longer be sold in the United States. However, it will continue to be sold in other Volvo markets.
- "The V70 and its more macho-looking cousin, the XC70, aren't going to give a driver goose bumps, but they are very practical, very safe, and stylish in a low-key Scandinavian way." -- Car and Driver
- "This midsize wagon is best appreciated as the value-seeker's luxury car. Well equipped at its roughly $33,000 base price, the V70 approximates the performance of similarly sized wagons from rival European manufacturers for thousands less, all while maintaining Volvo's unique style and character. For shoppers looking for room, comfort, utility, and a dose of coddling, the V70 is a must see." -- Consumer Guide