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2000 Volvo V70 Review

The family rides in comfort and safety.

Reviewed by Automotive on


The 2000 Volvo V70 offers great safety and reliability. Because Volvo produces its vehicles in Sweden, sometimes the parts and repair costs run a bit high, but they tend to hold together well with regular maintenance. The Volvo V70 lacks ergonomics, and it has a very boxy design, but it makes up for this with comfort and storage space.

The Range

Body Styles: wagon
Engines: 2.4-liter five-cylinder, 2.3-liter five-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Volvo V70, Volvo V70 SE, Volvo V70 GLT, Volvo V70 XC, Volvo V70 XC SE, Volvo V70 R

What's New

For its line of 2000 V70s, Volvo takes away the V70 AWD and the V70 T-5 models, but all-wheel drive remains available in the V70 XC and the V70 R. Volvo also replaces the transmission and engine and updates most of the equipment under the hood.


Volvo's V70 models look very square, and they come with high roofs. Designed for storage over appearance, the V70 definitely doesn’t look as attractive as many sportier wagons. The 2000 Volvo V70 XC models have roofs two inches higher than the other models and come standard with a roof rack. The V70 measures 186 inches in length, sits on a wheelbase of 104.9 inches, and comes in eight factory colors. Fifteen-inch alloy wheels come standard.


The 2000 Volvo V70 provides an extremely comfortable ride for four adults, and it has ample space for children and car seats. Cargo capacity totals 37 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 70 cubic feet with the rear seats down. The V70 comes standard with tinted glass, automated climate control, and cloth upholstery. Options include an AM/FM/Cassette/CD audio system, a leather shift knob, leather steering wheel trim, a trip computer, heated front seats, a power moonroof, and leather seating.

Performance & Handling

Base models feature the 162-hp, 2.4-liter, five-cylinder engines with either five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmissions. The engine uses Continuously Variable Valve Timing, which helps with fuel economy, reducing noise and harshness of the ride. The GLT and XC models feature a turbocharged version of the engine that delivers 190 hp. The R features a 261-hp, 2.3-liter, five-cylinder engine and boasts much better speed and acceleration than the other models. The engines hesitate a little before turbo kicks in, but turbo does get these wagons going quickly. Interstate driving causes no issue for these models. The braking system works extremely well, and the steering feels firm and responsive.


The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates the 2000 Volvo V70 as ""Good"" in the fontal-offset test. The V70 Base and GLT models come standard with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, daytime-running lights, driver and passenger airbags, and front side airbags. All other models of the V70 include anti-theft alarm systems, traction control, fog lights, and headlight cleaners. The high safety ratings makes up for the lack of stylish design.

EPA Fuel Economy

Volvo V70: 18/26 mpg city/highway
Volvo V70 SE: 18/26 mpg city/highway
Volvo V70 GLT: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Volvo V70 XC: 16/23 mpg city/highway
Volvo V70 XC SE: 16/23 mpg city/highway
Volvo V70 R: 16/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Comfortable interior
  • Comfortable ride
  • Storage space
  • Safety
  • Good in inclement weather

You Won't Like

  • High price tag
  • Unflattering design
  • Repair costs

Sum Up

The family rides in comfort and safety.

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