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2010 Volvo XC70 Review

This review was written when the 2010 Volvo XC70 was new.

The 2010 Volvo XC70's safety technology, comfortable seats and large cargo hold make it a practical choice among luxury wagons. However, its lack of power and poor fuel economy are liabilities. In fact, the Orlando Sentinel describes the Volvo XC70 as "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."

Though test drivers complain of sluggish performance with the base engine and disappointing fuel economy, most concede that the 2010 Volvo XC70's combination of safety, comfort and everyday practicality make it a family wagon worth considering. "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," writes Kelley Blue Book.

Still, some reviewers find the 2010 Volvo XC70's subpar performance difficult to overlook. And the XC70's hard-to-use, optional navigation system doesn't lend much to its appeal either. While the Volvo XC70's safety features and large cargo hold impress, there are other options in the class of luxury wagons that don't require you to choose safety and utility over performance.

Other Wagons to Consider

If you're in the market for a luxury wagon, consider the Audi A4 Avant. Not only does it feature standard all-wheel drive and top-notch safety scores, but it also provides better fuel economy than the 2010 Volvo XC70. And while the A4 wagon doesn't provide as much horsepower as the Volvo XC70, it is renowned for having sprightly acceleration and balanced handling dynamics. However, the Volvo XC70 is better suited for light off-road fun -- as it provides more ground clearance than the Audi A4 wagon.

Another knock against the A4 is that it only provides 50.5 cubic feet of cargo room, while the 2010 Volvo XC70 provides a whopping 72.1 cubic feet. But if you don't need the extra room and ground clearance, the A4 wagon makes a better overall choice. It's slightly cheaper than the Volvo XC70 too.

Details: 2010 Volvo XC70

Redesigned in 2008, the Volvo XC70 carries into the 2010 model year virtually unchanged. The 2010 Volvo XC70 is available in two trims, the base 3.2 AWD and turbocharged T6 AWD.

  • "The V70 and its more macho-looking cousin, the XC70, aren't going to give a driver goosebumps, but they are very practical, very safe, and stylish in a low-key Scandinavian way." -- Car and Driver
  • "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
  • "XC70 has its charms, among them a roomy cabin, refined drivetrain, and impressive build quality. The T6 adds stronger performance, though not enough to justify its higher starting price. With either model, be careful with options list, as a few quick checks can swell the delivered price to more than $50,000." -- Consumer Guide
Review Last Updated: 3/31/10

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