In 1997, the Volvo V70 was introduced as a midsize five-door estate station wagon that was essentially a refreshed version of the compact executive 850. Saddled with some pretty advanced safety features at the time including side mounted airbags, a roomy interior cabin, and plenty of engine gusto across four unique trims, it proved to be very likable. Having received a redesign in 2001, this new version features an array of improvements in terms of interior spaciousness, passenger comfort, and powertrain performance.
Body Styles: wagon
Engines: 2.3-liter five cylinder, 2.4-liter five cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Volvo V70 2.4M, Volvo V70 2.4T, Volvo V70 T5, Volvo V70 XC
The 2001 Volvo V70 enjoys a redesign that include a new body structure, fresh exterior and interior styling, and a list of revamped feature amenities. As expected, enhanced safety features stand out, but it's also more sporting than before, especially once prospective buyers reach the T5 trim.
The 2001 Volvo V70 sports a shortened length and widened wheelbase by a few inches, affording those onboard plenty of additional interior space. It has slightly more rounded front corners this time out, more in line with the S80 sedan, but as a wagon it retains its traditional straight lines and boxy shape at the rear. The trim with the most obvious difference on the outside the XC, which looks more like an SUV than a wagon and receives larger bumpers, fog lights, and body moldings around the wheel arches. The lower body receives for a full two inches more of ground clearance than on most other models and equal to other SUVs on the road. Total ground clearance for the XC tops off at just over eight inches.
Built to seat five passengers, the 2001 Volvo V70 wagon comes with a pair of front cabin bucket seats and a three-place, 60/40-split rear bench seat, that once folded down, offering 71.4 cubic feet of cargo space. Even with the seats up, there’s still nearly 40 cubic feet of room. On the XC, there’s a 40/20/40-split rear seat with a removable center section that also folds down to increase cargo capacity. As a fully family-oriented car, it features lots of clever options: an optional two-place, rear-facing auxiliary seat crafted to carry kids who weigh 50 to 88 pounds and are up to 55 inches tall, plus some nifty hooks for grocery bags, a cargo net and a removable cargo cover.
Performance & Handling
The 2001 Volvo V70 offers three zesty five-cylinder engines. The base model comes equipped with a 2.4-liter that's capable of 168 hp and a choice of five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmissions. The 2.4T and XC models use a ‘light-pressure’ turbocharged 2.4-liter that's good for 197 hp and a standard five-speed automatic transmission, while the sportier T5 comes with a ""high-pressure"" 2.3-liter that delivers 247 hp matched to a standard five-speed manual transmission.
The 2001 Volvo V70 sports a long line of standard safety features across its models: four-wheel anti-lock brakes, front and rear head airbags, dual front side-mounted airbags, child seat anchors/rear door safety locks, front/rear height adjustable headrests with whiplash protection, and traction control to name only a few.
EPA Fuel Economy
Volvo V70 2.4-liter manual: 19/25 mpg city/highway
Volvo V70 2.4-liter Turbo automatic: 18/25 mpg city/highway
Volvo V70 2.3-liter Turbo manual: 18/26 mpg city/highway
Volvo V70 2.4-liter Turbo AWD automatic: 16/21 mpg city/highway
- Loaded with plenty of safety equipment
- Great handling
- Lots of amenities
- Comfortable and roomy
You Won't Like
- Gets a bit costly with each model upgrade
A remarkable combination of top-grade utility, high performance, and unmatched vehicle safety.
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