Volvo XC70 Interior
The interior of the 2008 Volvo XC70 is stylish, the materials attractive and the seats comfortable. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says that "the XC70 offers plenty to satisfy people with a taste for luxury."
Several reviews mention the interior of the XC70 as though it were a well-designed Scandinavian living room. "Its elegance goes far beyond your parents' wagon's interior," says Motor Trend, "with supple leather, modern, logical instruments and switchgear, and an unusual postmodern grain to the leatherette dashboard cover. This package more likely recalls the Swedish-modern furniture from your old living room more than what was in the driveway." Similarly, The Auto Channel says, "Inside is the Swedish Modern design that has also been a Volvo hallmark in recent years, with a free-standing center stack and excellent seat comfort."
The XC70's seats are comfortable enough for a long drive. "It does have plush, supportive seating," says Consumer Guide. Edmunds adds, "The seats are exceptionally plush, if not the last word in lateral support, and are just the ticket for hours-long driving stints." The Auto Channel says the XC70's heated leather seats "were supportive but comfortable after several hours."
Volvo says that the XC70 seats five passengers (down from seven last year, with an optional third-row seat no longer availible), but most reviews say the second row isn't quite spacious enough for three adults. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the XC70 has "great seating for four adults, though the back seat is a trifle tight on head and knee room. An occasional fifth passenger will do penance in the center-rear position." And The Car Connection adds that backseat passengers "ought to be small, not strapping: two six-footers riding tandem in the XC70 will find their knees close to the dash and the front seatback. While larger, the XC70 hasn't succumbed to suburban sprawl."
The XC70's control layout is pleasant and contemporary. Consumer Guide likes the "contemporary new dashboard design that uses Volvo's wafer-thin lower panel to house climate and audio controls," adding that "the panel is a bit gimmicky in that it doesn't really enhance function, but it does look ultra-modern." The Auto Channel says the controls "are intuitive and laid out well."
The 2008 Volvo XC70 comes standard with an RDS radio with MP3/WMA-compatible CD player, eight speakers and auxiliary input; a steering wheel integrated remote audio control; a tilt/telescopic steering wheel with illuminated cruise and audio controls; electrically adjustable heated outer rear-view mirrors; and heated front seats. Motor Trend is intrigued by the unusually intelligent key fob: "The key fob can even detect the heartbeat of a would-be carjacker inside the car if the alarm has been tripped."
The XC70's expanded wheelbase allows impressive cargo space -- 71.4 cubic feet with the folding seats stowed. Road and Track calls it "enough room to fit a go-kart." The Auto Channel writes that "hidden storage beneath the rear floor can hide some precious items that need to stay out of sight and away from greedy hands. I took a dare and put my hand in the way of the self-closing hatch door and found the safety sensors that prevent smashed fingers really do work." The Volvo's cargo area has a number of useful features, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "Because, as Volvo says, its customers tend to be users, not people who want something for the sake of having it, the XC70 has practical accouterments. The cargo area has aluminum rails and a tie-down system for securing cargo, as well as an optional pop-up blocker to keep grocery bags from shifting around."