About the Volvo S70
Thought to be the replacement for the 850 sedan, the Volvo S70 was built on the same platform, but boasted numerous revisions in terms of body style and performance. At first glance, the most noteworthy updates can be seen on the front end which includes a reshaped rounded nose and hood along with new headlamp options.
With four trim packages to choose from, drivers could pick and choose improvement features ranging from safety to performance to interior perks. Powerful engines were found in the well-equipped T5 along with plenty of standard equipment ranging from power windows to a trip computer.
Regardless of the car model, Volvo is continuously known by consumers as a safe and reliable vehicle. Staying current with safety features, from side airbags to anti-lock brakes, only builds on the already established reputation of the S70 and other models under the Volvo name. Still others know the S70 for its comfort and spacious interior with updated design improvements throughout.S70 Volvo Features
When the 2000 Volvo S70 was released, consumers could choose from one of five different trim packages, starting with the base and rounding out with the high-performance T5. Its last year in production brought about several changes in the engine offerings along with the available automatic or manual transmissions, depending on the trim package you select.
The base S70 included all-wheel drive, side curtain airbags and a 2.4-liter, five-cylinder engine with automatic transmission. The next level was called SE and also featured a 2.4-liter, five-cylinder engine. Both versions were capable of 162 horsepower. The GLT and GLT SE also boasted a 2.4-liter engine and the top of the line T5 included the powerful 2.3-liter five-cylinder. Standard on all 2000 Volvo S70 models included the WHIPS seat technology designed to minimize whiplash in the event of a rear collision. This feature allowed the seat to follow the passenger's body backward motion up to 15 degrees to avoid a sudden snap forward.Volvo S70 Evolution
Beginning in early 1998, the Volvo S70 was available in four trim packages: the base, GL, GLT, and T5. All featured several upgrades from the 850 sedan including, but not limited to, powerful engines, new body colors, and updated suspension. The base S70 ran on a 2.4-liter, five-cylinder engine with manual transmission that climbed to a modest 168 horsepower. The GL trim packages offered up more speed and performance, reaching 190 horsepower. Those still searching for more out of the Volvo S70 could opt for the T5 with a powerful 2.3-liter, turbocharged engine in either a four-speed automatic transmission or five-speed manual. In terms of safety, the S70 provided several noteworthy descriptions on its overview. Anti-lock, four-wheel disc brakes were available on all models for this year in addition to side airbags.
Although the S70 only spent two years on the open market, changes were implemented from 1998-1999 models. Once the 1999 S70 reached consumers, the GL trim package was dropped and additional enhancements had been added for safety throughout the vehicle. Consumers could choose from the base four-door sedan, base four-door, all-wheel drive sedan, GLT, and T5. This year also offered three different engines, including the 2.4-liter 162 horsepower, 2.3-liter 236 horsepower, and 2.4-liter 190 horsepower. True to Volvo standards, the NHTSA Crash-Test ratings and IIHS Crash-Test ratings were mainly good on the 1999 model.
Standard equipment options included power windows, remote keyless entry, and cassette players on the base model. Upgrades, such as CD player, memory seat, power moonroof and garage door transmitter, were optional. The GLT included those standard features along with memory seating and automatic temperature control. The top of the line T5 included a CD player and trip computer standard in addition to the several features mentioned earlier.
In 2000, the S70 saw improvements from the transmission to the engine. Five available trim packages offered a variety of performance features to choose from along with all the standard safety and interior amenities expected from the S70.