2009 Volvo XC70 Review
The XC70's safety features, comfy seats and large cargo hold make it a practical family wagon. However, its lack of power and poor fuel economy detract from its overall appeal.
Redesigned last year, the XC70 carries into 2009 virtually unchanged. While test drivers complain of sluggish performance with the base engine and disappointing fuel economy, most concede that its combination of safety, comfort and everyday practicality make the XC70 a family wagon worth considering. Kelley Blue Book writes, "If a crossover SUV is more car than you care for, and you don't require three-row seating, the all-new XC70's artful blend of beauty and brawn (not to mention safety) make it ideal for the active family's lifestyle." What's more, it's designed for light off-roading, which makes it an appealing alternative to an SUV.
Before signing a lease for a new Volvo XC70, check out the Audi A4 Avant first. Not only does it feature standard all-wheel drive and top-notch safety scores, but provides better fuel economy than the XC70 too. And though it offers less horsepower than the XC70, its turbo-charged four-cylinder engine receives praise for its smooth operation.
The 2009 Volvo XC70 is available in two trims, the base 3.2 AWD and turbocharged T6 AWD.
- "Having spent a day driving, riding in, and poking around Volvo's new V70 and XC70 wagons, I sat down to brainstorm a list of adjectives and characteristics to describe the cars in hopes of generating a story lede. Reading them back sounded a bit like a personal ad for a sweet girl who hasn't had many dates, bless her heart: capable, competent, convenient, safe, roomy, useful, willing, well-equipped, smells good. Hardly the stuff of heart-pounding, sweaty-palmed fantasy, eh?" -- Motor Trend
- "We like the 2009 Volvo XC70's combination of safety and style, and for some shoppers, these two virtues may be enough to clinch the deal. However ... it's worth noting that the Subaru Outback wagon offers similar versatility along with superior handling and better gas mileage at a lower price." -- Edmunds
- "In a perfect world, Volvo's proven all-wheel-drive system would be available on the less expensive, less aggressively styled V70 wagon. Still, this SUV-style wagon has its charms, among them a roomy cabin, refined drivetrain, and impressive build quality. Be careful with options list however, as a few quick checks can swell the XC70's sticker to more than $50,000. " -- Consumer Guide
- "Yes, it's from Goteborg, Sweden, but the Volvo XC70 is the automotive equivalent of a Swiss Army knife: Capable of handling most any task, excelling at none, perhaps, but more than competent at all of them." -- Orlando Sentinel