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MSRP: $34,500 - $45,650
Invoice: $32,430 - $42,911
MPG: 18 City / 26 Hwy
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Volvo XC70 Interior

Reviewers agree that the 2014 Volvo XC70 has an attractive, well-built interior that features high-quality materials. They also think that the front seats are extremely comfortable and supportive and the cargo area is very large. They say the rear seats are comfortable as well, though a couple complain about a lack of legroom. A few critics think the infotainment system is difficult to use.

  • "Inside, the 2014 Volvo XC70 displays the elegant simplicity that has become the hallmark of modern Swedish design. The look is especially rich with the available leather upholstery and genuine walnut trim. The thin ‘floating’ design of the center stack adds a distinctive touch you won't find on competitive models." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2014 Volvo XC70, especially in its higher trim levels, can pass as a luxury car with its plush leather and tasteful accents in wood and metal." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Tasteful materials are padded and/or nicely grained throughout the interior. Assembly quality is first rate." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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Seating

The Volvo XC70 seats five and comes with fabric upholstery and a power-adjustable driver’s seat. Options include leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, a power-adjustable front passenger’s seat and two integrated rear-seat child booster seats. Most test drivers agree that the front seats in the XC70 are comfortable and supportive. Reviewers think the rear seats are comfortable for most, but they say that legroom can be tight for taller passengers. Several automotive journalists appreciate the XC70’s optional integrated child booster seats, which are not available on most vehicles.

  • "The seating position is good (some drivers would like a higher center armrest on long drives) and outward visibility is excellent. Rear-seat room is spacious and 2-stage child booster seats are available." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The XC70's front seats are remarkably comfortable and supportive. The rear seats are nearly as good, though tall passengers will likely wish for a bit more legroom." -- Edmunds
  • "Decent space for two adults, 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. The available child-booster seats are a welcome convenience rarely found on vehicles of any stripe." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Interior Features

Standard features on the 2014 Volvo XC70 include City Safety, which can automatically apply the brakes at low speeds to help prevent a collision, Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system, automatic climate control, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming and an eight-speaker stereo with satellite radio and a USB input. Optional features include a moonroof, navigation and a 12-speaker surround-sound audio system. The Volvo XC70 is available with a number of driver assistance features, including pedestrian and cyclist detection, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind spot warning, lane departure warning and a road-sign-reading system that can alert you when you’re exceeding the speed limit.

Some reviewers say that the Volvo XC70’s buttons and gauges are fairly intuitive. However, others complain that the XC70 has cluttered controls that are hard to figure out. One critic also complains that the Sensus infotainment system’s interface is not as attractive or as easy to use as Volvo’s competitors, and another says a touch-screen interface would make it much easier to use.

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  • "For the most part, the gauges are easy to read and controls operate intuitively, though the array of small audio buttons looks somewhat dated. The interface for the available navigation system feels a few years behind rivals' systems in both its graphics and day-to-day functionality." -- Edmunds
  • "Buttons and gauges are sleek and mostly easy to identify and use." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The central control panel is busier than some buyers might prefer; it's filled with many small buttons that will take time to master and they can be difficult to locate at a glance. A touchscreen would go a long way toward improving usability." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Cargo

The 2014 Volvo XC70 has 33.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 72.1 cubic feet with the rear seats folded, which are both large measurements for the class. Reviewers appreciate the XC70’s large cargo area, as well as its cargo tie-down points, 40/20/40-split-folding rear seats and available fold-flat front passenger seat, which helps the XC70 accommodate very large items. However, one test driver says that the XC70 has limited small-item storage in the cabin.

  • "One of the XC70's best attributes is its generous amount of space. With the rear seats folded flat, it boasts a vast 72.1 cubic feet of room plus hidden storage underneath. In a pinch, you could sleep in the thing." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Practically speaking, the backseat's 40/20/40-split-folding design along with the new folding front passenger seat gives the interior an uncommon degree of flexibility in transporting passengers, cargo or some combination of the two." -- Edmunds
  • "Large, boxy, nicely finished cargo area features flat-folding 2nd-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 (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/19/14

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