Volvo XC70 Review
The 2015 Volvo XC70 ranks 8 out of 10 Wagons. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Volvo XC70, as well as reliability and safety data.
Auto writers praise the 2015 Volvo XC70’s handsome cabin, cavernous cargo area and lively new engine, but they note that its competitors offer much sharper handling.
Test drivers say the base 2015 XC70’s new turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers energetic acceleration. They’re also impressed with the thrilling acceleration provided by the top-of-the-line turbocharged six-cylinder engine. However, some are disappointed with the acceleration of the mid-level six-cylinder model. An all-new eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on the base XC70, while higher trims come with a six-speed automatic transmission. According to the EPA, the base 2015 Volvo XC70 gets 24/31 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. Reviewers report that the 2015 XC70 has a very comfortable ride and impressive traction in mud and snow. However, they complain that it’s less agile than many rivals, with numb steering and marked body lean during cornering.
Automotive journalists are quite impressed with the 2015 Volvo XC70’s attractive, upscale interior, which features top-shelf materials and excellent build quality. The XC70 has one of the largest cargo areas in the class, and test drivers agree that the front seats are extraordinarily comfortable. However, some reviewers report that the rear seats suffer from a lack of legroom. Standard features in the 2015 Volvo XC70 include power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a USB input, Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system and City Safety, which can help prevent a collision by automatically applying the brakes at low speeds. Available features include leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, integrated child booster seats, a power liftgate, navigation, a moonroof, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system, proximity key, adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, forward collision warning with full braking and pedestrian and cyclist detection, driver alertness monitoring, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and Volvo’s Road Sign Information system, which scans roads signs and can alert you when you’re exceeding the speed limit.
- "The 2015 Volvo XC70 is an appealing luxury wagon that offers some nice advantages if you're planning on frequently using it in inclement weather or for recreational activities. But many crossover SUVs pretty much do the same thing, and have fresher designs." -- Edmunds
- "While families and active individuals flock to SUVs for their versatility and steadily improving ride quality, the 2015 Volvo XC70 proves the station wagon is still relevant, and as capable and sophisticated as ever." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The Volvo XC70 is a premium station wagon based on the S80 sedan. It provides solid all-weather capabilities in addition to a stylish and roomy interior and the cutting-edge safety technology that one would expect in a Volvo." -- Left Lane News
- "XC70 has its charms, among them a roomy cabin, refined drivetrain, and impressive build quality." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Other Wagons to Consider
The Subaru Outback comes standard with all-wheel drive, and reviewers report that it has outstanding traction on rough terrain and composed handling on twisty roads. The Outback’s cargo area is even larger than the XC70’s, and critics love the Outback’s huge rear seat.
Test drivers say the Audi Allroad has a beautiful, well-built cabin and a strong turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Auto writers are also impressed with the Allroad’s graceful handling, and they like the traction provided by its standard all-wheel drive system.
Details: 2015 Volvo XC70
The 2015 Volvo XC70 seats five and comes in T5 Drive-E, 3.2 AWD and T6 AWD trims. A new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and eight-speed automatic transmission are standard. Higher trims have more powerful engine options and all-wheel drive. The Volvo XC70 receives a number of updates for the 2015 model year, including the new T5 Drive-E trim. Mid-year 2015.5 models receive a few additional updates, including an upgraded Sensus Connect infotainment system as standard equipment. The Volvo XC70’s last full redesign was in 2008, so this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2008 through 2015 model years.