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2013 Volvo XC70 Performance

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Most reviewers say that the 2013 Volvo XC70 performs below what they expect from a premium wagon. While they agree that there is nothing really wrong with how it drives, they also say that other wagons simply drive better.

  • “Optional turbo six churns up gratifying power, and comfort levels are high. But numb steering and cushy ride quell any sport-wagon ambitions.” -- Car and Driver
  • "The biggest issue facing the Volvo XC70 is that it doesn't provide the dynamic advantages that you think a wagon would. Acceleration is mediocre with the base engine, and while the top-of-the-line turbocharged inline-6 engine is much quicker, it gets about the same fuel economy as much roomier crossovers like the Ford Flex." -- Edmunds

Acceleration and Power

The Volvo XC70 3.2 features a 3.2-liter inline six-cylinder engine that produces 240 horsepower. The XC70 T6 AWD comes equipped with a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine that generates 300 horsepower. Both engines are mated to a standard six-speed automatic transmission. Reviewers say the 3.2-liter engine is adequate, but they overwhelmingly prefer the extra zip in the T6 models. The transmission earns almost universal praise for smooth shifts and quick responses.

However, auto writers are disappointed with the XC70's gas mileage. According to the EPA, 3.2 models with front-wheel drive get 19/25 mpg city/highway, while T6 all-wheel drive models get 17/23 mpg city/highway. That lags behind most other wagons.

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  • "In 3.2 models, power is adequate from a stop, and there's enough reserve muscle for drama-free passing and merging. T6 is notably stronger and does not suffer from turbo lag. In all versions, the smooth automatic transmission quickly responds to throttle inputs." -- Consumer Guide
  • “The base six-cylinder is sluggish while accelerating on the freeway and sounds coarse for a premium brand. Our preferred engine choice, the turbocharged T6 version, adds much-needed kick around town and remains potent even when driven at altitude." -- Edmunds
  • “The … 240-horsepower, 6-cylinder engine is a capable powerplant, but it's the Volvo XC70 T6 AWD's 300-horsepower, turbocharged six that breathes life into this big wagon.” -- Kelley Blue Book (2011)

Handling and Braking

Most test drivers say that the 2013 Volvo XC70 handles better than most compact SUVs, but not as well as most station wagons. They report that the XC70 has more body roll than they would like and that the steering feels dead. A few also mention that the XC70's all-terrain tires can make for a rough ride.

  • "The 2013 Volvo XC70 has a refined, sophisticated ride befitting its premium status. However, light-effort steering, noticeable body roll and an elevated center of gravity leave us yearning for the tighter, nimbler ride associated with older, more traditional Volvo wagons." -- Edmunds
  • "XC70 suffers a bit from firm suspension tuning and unnecessary all-terrain tires. Still, overall ride comfort is good, with only larger road imperfections pounding through the cabin." -- Consumer Guide

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