2011 Volvo XC70 Review
This review was written when the 2011 Volvo XC70 was new.
The 2011 Volvo XC70 has practicality, safety and luxury, but lackluster performance and fuel economy mean many shoppers will want to look elsewhere.
The 2011 Volvo XC70 is a good, but not great, family car. 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." Reviewers like how comfortable, practical and safe the XC70 is, but complain about its sluggish base engine and poor fuel economy. Many buyers might be shopping wagons over compact SUVs to save on gas, but the XC70 is one wagon that won’t help you met that goal.
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, but it also provides better fuel economy than the 2011 Volvo XC70. And while the A4 wagon doesn't provide as much horsepower as the Volvo XC70, its lighter weight makes it accelerate faster and handle better.
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: Volvo XC70
The Volvo XC70 is available in two trims: the base 3.2 and the T6 AWD. For 2011, the 3.2 trim is available in front- or all-wheel drive.
- "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