2013 Volvo XC70 Review
Though reviewers say the 2013 Volvo XC70 is a practical wagon with lots of cargo space, most recommend shopping the competition for better performance and fuel economy.
The XC70 comes in 3.2 and T6 AWD models. Both models are powered by a six-cylinder engine, and the T6 models are turbocharged for extra power. Test drivers prefer the T6 engine because they feel the engine in 3.2 models is underpowered. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available. Base models with front wheel drive get 19/25 mpg, which is worse than what many others in the class get. Most reviewers agree that the Volvo XC70 has decent handling, but it is nowhere near as rewarding to drive as other wagons.
The 2013 XC70 can seat up to five people. Auto writers say that the front seats are among the most comfortable on the market, but that the back seat is a little tight. They appreciate the available built-in child booster seats, which is an extremely rare feature in any car. Reviewers also give the Volvo XC70's large cargo space good reviews. Standard features include Bluetooth, HD and satellite radio and a USB port. Optional features include navigation.
- “The XC70 survives, combining conventional wagon usefulness with extra ground clearance and brawny styling. Offered in front- or AWD versions, it’s practical, comfortable, and loaded with safety features.” -- Car and Driver
- "The 2013 Volvo XC70 is an agreeable luxury wagon but offers few advantages over more popular crossover SUVs." -- Edmunds
- “If you need to carry more than five passengers or plan to do serious off-roading, a bigger, more conventional SUV would be a better choice. Or if the XC70's mid-$30,000 price tag seems high, a Subaru Outback does pretty well for a third less.” -- Kelley Blue Book
Other Wagons to Consider
The 2013 Subaru Outback has standard all-wheel drive and, like the XC70, plenty of cargo space. Reviewers also say the Outback has a roomy back seat.
For a wagon with better performance, consider the 2013 Audi Allroad. Like the Outback, it has standard all-wheel drive and it gets better fuel economy than the XC70.
Details: 2013 Volvo XC70
The Volvo XC70 is available in two trims: the base 3.2 and the T6 AWD. Each trim comes in Premier, Premier Plus and Platinum configurations. The XC70 hasn’t changed much since its last redesign in 2008. For that reason, this overview uses applicable research from 2008 through 2013.