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in 2010 Wagons

Avg. Price Paid: $20,616 - $22,866
Original MSRP: $37,950 - $42,800
MPG: 16 City / 22 Hwy
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2010 Volvo XC70 Interior

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For the most part, reviewers are impressed with the XC70's comfortable seats, simple controls, vast cargo room, and quality fit and finish.

  • "Interior trim was quality with an attractive overlapping of tones, brushed aluminum and mesh pockets." -- The Auto Channel
  • "Cabin materials are padded and/or nicely grained where it matters most. Assembly quality is first rate. The available Premium Package on the Base model includes leather seating and wood trim that impart a convincing luxury feel. These features are standard on the T6." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The available matte wood and leather trim really dresses up the XC70's otherwise austere ambience. In any form, though, the XC70's cabin is a showcase of modern Swedish style, with Volvo's trademark 'floating' center-stack panel and artfully designed controls." -- Edmunds

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Seating

Critics agree the XC70 offers comfortable seating for four, though its backseat is a little short on legroom.

  • "The XC70's front seats are among the best in the business, achieving a rare combination of chiropractor-approved comfort and body-hugging support. The backseat is also comfortable, though perhaps a bit short on legroom." -- Edmunds
  • "The XC70 is a mid-size wagon, with 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." -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • "Decent space for two adults [in the rear], but three abreast seating is best reserved for quick trips. Under-seat foot space is tight, compromising comfort when the front seats are too far back." -- Consumer Guide
  • "I tried out the expanded rear legroom (now 34.6 inches) and found it more than adequate even if there hadn't been some additional toe wiggle room under the front seat. I can only guess how a six-foot male would do, however, since I'm several inches shorter than that." -- The Auto Channel

Interior Features

Reviewers find that the XC70's controls are simple, functional, and intuitive to use. Some, however, complain that its optional navigation system complicates usability.

  • "Measured by function and simplicity of operation, the 70s' various controls are better than those in most other luxury brands." -- AutoWeek
  • "Like the V70, the five-seat XC70 has a simple dashboard layout with a floating center stack that houses audio and climate controls." -- Cars.com
  • "Gauges are large, clearly marked, and easy to read. Several testers find the digital bar graph a poor substitute for a conventional fuel gauge." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Volvo cleaned up the optional navigation system's graphics and menu structure for 2010, but the system remains cumbersome to use because of a hard-to-use interface that utilizes steering-wheel-mounted buttons and a handheld remote that duplicates those controls for the passenger." -- Edmunds

Cargo

On balance, auto writers are satisfied with the XC70's maximum 72.1 cubic-feet of cargo space.

  • "Large, boxy, nicely finished cargo area features flat folding second-row seats and handy under-floor storage. A storage-lid prop and cargo tie-down points are nice touches. In cabin storage is limited to an average size glovebox and center console, as well as a few tiny cubbies." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Want more cargo capacity? Check out the Volvo's 33.3 cu.-ft. of rear storage volume - even with the seats filled! Fold down the second row of seats and you'll get a generous 72.1 cu. ft. of space, enough room to fit a go-kart." -- Road and Track
  • "The XC70's cargo space was humongous. I fit a huge piece of foam core in there, no sweat. I didn't even have to tilt it or prop it on the backseat headrests or anything! There's a cargo management system with nets and gates, but that's for those crazy, organized types. The backseat and the front passenger seat fold flat. Tee-riffic!" -- Mother Proof

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