in 2012 Wagons

Avg. Price Paid: $24,383 - $29,747
Original MSRP: $32,950 - $43,650
MPG: 19 City / 25 Hwy
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2012 Volvo XC70 Interior

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The interior of the 2012 Volvo XC70 is all about practicality, with plenty of cargo space and good seating for four adults (though five will fit in a pinch). The controls, however, earn some criticism.

  • "Cabin materials are padded and/or nicely grained where it matters most. Assembly quality is first rate.” -- 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
  • "Interior trim was quality with an attractive overlapping of tones, brushed aluminum and mesh pockets." -- The Auto Channel


Critics agree the XC70 offers comfortable seating for four, though its back seat 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
  • "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

Most reviewers find that the XC70's controls are simple, functional and intuitive to use, though a few complain that there are too many buttons. Some find fault with its optional navigation system, saying it complicates usability.

  • "Measured by function and simplicity of operation, the 70s' various controls are better than those in most other luxury brands." -- AutoWeek
  • "The central control panel is busier than many buyers might prefer; it's filled with many small buttons that take time to sort out and can be hard to locate at a glance. A touchscreen would go a long way toward improving usability." -- Consumer Guide
  • “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. Sadly, the navigation system remains cumbersome because of an awkward interface that utilizes steering-wheel-mounted buttons and a handheld remote that duplicates those controls for the passenger.” -- Edmunds


Reviewers really like the XC70's 72.1 cubic feet of total cargo space. Behind the second row, there’s 33.3 cubic feet of space. Reviewers appreciate the XC70’s cargo management system, which they say makes it easy to keep cargo from rolling around.

  • "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
  • “Cargo capacity is pretty impressive, and its total capacity of 72 cubic feet is about 11-15 cubes larger than a typical compact luxury crossover.” -- Edmunds
  • "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." -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • "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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