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2000 Volvo S70 Review
High price for Swedish comfort.
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The S-line of Volvos provides comfort and numerous safety features in a visually appealing package. The downside to the S-line, particularly those in the 2000 Volvo S70 range, is that the price matches the number of features included. The price does not seem consumer friendly, yet it delivers the expected value for the dollar.
The Volvo S70 offers average storage room in the trunk, meaning it may be adequate but not ideal as a mode of transportation for four adults embarking on a business trip.
Engines: 2.4-liter five-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Volvo S70, Volvo S70 SE, Volvo S70 GLT, Volvo S70 GLT SE, Volvo S70 T5
The 2000 Volvo S70 introduces some equipment changes, such as a security system, a system to decrease whiplash in accidents, and standard alloy wheels. A new transmission and improvements to the engine also show up in the 2000 model.
The Volvo S70 comes in eight colors, including black, white, green metallic, moondust metallic, mystic silver metallic, nautical blue metallic, red, and red metallic. A power moonroof and fog lights provide style to match the high-performance standards. Tinted glass, daytime running lights, power heated mirrors, and 15-inch wheels add to the appeal of the 2000 Volvo S70.
Cloth bucket seats only mark the beginning of the amenities available for passengers in a 2000 Volvo S70. The interior comes in four colors: graphite, light beige, light taupe, and taupe. A keyless and lighted entry system, dual-zone automatic climate control, power windows and door locks, and an AM/FM/cassette audio system improve the entrance to the car and comfort during extended trips.
A tachometer and a rear window defroster enhance the driver’s ability to monitor the engine and have an optimal view of other traffic in any weather conditions. The remote trunk release allows the car to provide an extra hand when the driver needs one.
Performance & Handling
Variable valve timing boosts the available horsepower to 168, with 170 lb-ft of torque, providing a reliable level of power and impressive handling on dry or wet roadways. Also, the all-wheel-drive option that stays turned on at all times eliminates the debate on whether or not to utilize the all-wheel-drive feature.
Both the driver’s side and front passenger side crash test ratings earn five stars, according to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA). The side and front seat rating remain slightly lower at four stars, per NHTSA. Overall, crash tests give the 2000 Volvo S70 a ?good? rating.
However, the structure/safety cage gets rated ?acceptable? rather than ?good,? and the front bumpers only earn a rating of marginal. These mark the few negatives in terms of safety.
In other good news for the Volvo S70, rear-integrated child booster seats join the safety features Volvo already includes standard, such as the WHIPS system that minimizes whiplash in the event of a rear-end collision.
EPA Fuel Economy
Volvo S70 SE: 19/26 mpg city/highway
Volvo S70 GLT: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Volvo S70 GLT SE: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Volvo S70 T5: 17/25 mpg city/highway
- Safety features
You Won't Like
- Tight squeeze for three adults as rear passengers
High price for Swedish comfort.
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