The 1999 Volvo V70 classifies as a midsize station wagon introduced by Volvo Cars in 1997. The vehicle is closely related the S80, S60, and S70 sedans by Volvo. The V70 stems from the Volvo 850 range of station wagons and sedans, and the new name comes from the company’s new strategy of naming vehicles according to their body style and size.
The V in V70 stands for Versatility, which gets designated for station wagons, while the 70 marks the relative size of the wagon. When it debuted, the V70 had 1800 improvements and new parts over the original 850, including better safety and handling and new engines.
Body Styles: five-door station wagon
Engines: 2.4-liter I-5, 2.4-liter I-5, 2.3-liter I-5
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Volvo V70, Volvo V70 GLT, Volvo V70 T5, Volvo V70 XC, Volvo V70 R
The 1999 Volvo V70 has been subject to many changes for this production year in terms of styling, safety, and performance. All models get a new engine management system along with improved brake systems that include electronic brake force distribution and four-wheel ABS.
The wagon gets new safety features as well, including dual-stage deployment of the front airbags, head-protecting side airbags, and stability and traction control for the T5. All other front-drive models have a traction control system.
The 1999 Volvo V70 shows off a slightly different appearance on the outside with a new grille emblem and body-color bumpers, door handles, mirrors, and side moldings.
The 1999 Volvo V70 departs from its predecessor, the Volvo 850. This wagon features more rounded edges and the “family face,? along with clear indicated lenses and color-coded bumpers.
The wagon has a wheelbase of 104.9 inches for the two-wheel drive and 104.5 inches for the all-wheel drive versions. It measures 186.2 inches in length for all but the XC, which stretches to 186.4 inches.
The climate control system and radio control buttons seem well-placed and much easier to use than those on previous versions of the wagon. The switches for the power door locks and power windows sit conveniently on the door armrests instead of the center console.
Most other controls, however, remain behind the steering wheel, which proves problematic for a driver who needs to access them. The front and rear seats offer ample space for everyone. However, the rear seat suits only for two people, because three individuals find it cramped. The 1999 Volvo V70 offers generous cargo space, which increases by folding down the rear seatbacks.
Performance & Handling
The base model of the 1999 Volvo V70 contains a 2.4-liter, straight-five engine that delivers 162 to 168 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. The XC, GLT, and all-wheel-drive versions of the wagon have a turbocharged version of the 2.4-liter engine, delivering 190 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque. Finally, the high-performance T5 and R models use a turbocharged, 2.3-liter, straight-five engine that delivers 236 to 261 horsepower and 243 to 258 lb-ft of torque.
The base engine offers just about adequate acceleration, and the turbocharged engines offer better acceleration. These turbocharged engines deliver outstanding acceleration for highway passes, although the turbo lag becomes evident at slower speeds. The turbocharged engines pair best with the automatic transmission and its smooth and responsive gearshifts.
All models of the 1999 Volvo V70 have good handling characteristics with minimal body lean and strong road grip on part of the tires during turns. However, the overall ride quality of the car depends on each model. The base and GLT models offer a smooth ride, but the T5 and R models have a stiffer suspension, which makes the ride a little harsh.
The 1999 Volvo V70 includes a number of safety features such as dual-stage airbags, side-impact airbags, and anti-lock brakes on all four wheels. Government crash test results remain unavailable for the V70.
EPA Fuel Economy
Volvo V70 2.3-liter I-5 with manual: 18/25 mpg city/highway
- Very comfortable
- Lots of safety features
- Good braking power
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