2004 Volvo V70

  • 2004 Volvo V70 2.4T Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      168/166
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I5
    • MSRP
      $28,460
  • 2004 Volvo V70 2.4 Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      168/166
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I5
    • MSRP
      $28,460
  • 2004 Volvo V70 2.5T Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      27
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      208/236
    • ENGINE
      2.5L I5
    • MSRP
      $31,785
  • 2004 Volvo V70 R Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      25
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      300/295
    • ENGINE
      2.5L I5
    • MSRP
      $38,750
  • 2004 Volvo V70 T5 Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      247/243
    • ENGINE
      2.3L I5
    • MSRP
      $34,810
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2004 Volvo V70 Review

Volvo comfort and safety in a traditional wagon.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2004 Volvo V70 classifies as a midsize, five-door station wagon that has been produced and sold by Sweden-based Volvo Cars since 1997. The 2004 wagon falls into the second generation, which began with the introduction of a redesigned V70 in 2001 for North American markets. This new generation uses the P2 chassis and does away with the boxy shape that prevailed in the previous generation of the V70. The 2004 Volvo V70 continues with the redesign, showing a curvy profile like that of the S40 and S60 series and a more aggressively designed front end.

The Range

Body Styles: five-door wagon
Engines: 2.4-liter five-cylinder, 2.5-liter turbo five-cylinder, 2.3-liter turbo five-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic, six-speed automatic
Models: Volvo V70 2.4, Volvo V70 2.5T, Volvo V70 T5, Volvo V70 R

What's New

The 2.4-liter, turbocharged engine from previous model years has been discontinued for this year, making way for a new 2.5-liter, turbocharged engine. As a result, the 2.4T gets replaced by the 2.5T. New feature packages include the Special Titanium package and Convenience package, both of which offer a number of luxury features. The former package includes distinctive changes to the exterior. In addition, bi-xenon headlights have been made optional, along with a high-end Dolby audio system.

Exterior

The 2004 V70 resembles the S80 sedan with its rounded corners in front. However, the rear of the vehicle uses the same straight lines and body profile prevalent in current station wagons. The V70 has a wheelbase of 108.5 inches and an overall length of 185.4 inches. The 2004 Volvo V70 can be fitted with a moonroof as an option.

Interior

The Volvo V70 seats up to five people, with two front bucket seats and a 60/40-split folding bench at the rear. The front seats offer wide and lush seats and ample legroom. The rear seats, however, may not have enough legroom for taller passengers. The short cushion also lacks thigh support. Cargo capacity totals 37.5 cubic feet with the rear seats raised, but it increases to 71.5 cubic feet after folding down the rear seat. The driver’s seat comes fitted with an eight-way power adjustment system, and a dual-zone electronic climate control system has also been installed inside all models of the 2004 Volvo V70, except for the base, which uses a manual system.

Performance & Handling

The 2004 Volvo V70 offers a number of different five-cylinder engines. The base engine, a 2.4-liter five-cylinder, delivers 168 horsepower and mates to a five-speed manual gearbox or a five-speed automatic. In California, the output of the engine is curbed at 165 horsepower to meet Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (SULEV) standards. This engine; however, has sluggish acceleration. The next option, a turbocharged 2.5-liter, delivers 208 horsepower and mates with an automatic transmission. Unlike the base 2.4-liter engine, the turbocharged engine has more than adequate acceleration.

For those looking for more performance, the high-pressure, turbocharged, 2.3-liter five-cylinder with a standard five-speed manual gearbox delivers 247 horsepower. This engine and the 2.5-liter, turbocharged engine offer an optional Geartronic automatic transmission that offers manually selected gear changes. Ride quality feels softest on the base 2.4, but the version with the 2.5-liter engine provides a better balance of firmness and compliance. Overall, the 2004 Volvo V70 offers a civilized and refined driving experience, and there seems to be enough engine options to meet the needs of any customer.

Steering feels a little numb, but shows little delay in response. The wagon performs well on the highway and while maneuvering through city streets and corners. Nevertheless, the V70 lacks the elegance present in other European vehicles, and it can be a bit ponderous in urban situations.

Safety

The 2004 Volvo V70 includes safety features, such as side-impact airbags, anti-lock brakes, side-curtain airbags, and a Whiplash Protection System that moves the front seats backwards in the event of a frontal-impact collision. All four-wheel-drive versions get traction control. Of course, it goes without saying that the 2004 Volvo V70 ranks among the safest vehicles in its class.

EPA Fuel Economy

Volvo V70 2.4, 2.4-liter five-cylinder, manual: 19/27 mpg city/highway
Volvo V70 2.5T, 2.5-liter five-cylinder, automatic: 18/26 mpg city/highway
Volvo V70 T5, 2.3-liter five-cylinder, manual: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Volvo V70 R, 2.5-liter five-cylinder, manual: 16/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Amazing comfort
  • Many safety and luxury features
  • Optional all-wheel drive
  • Good ride quality and handling characteristics

You Won't Like

  • Expensive to add optional features
  • Tight legroom at the rear
  • Turbo lag

Sum Up

Volvo comfort and safety in a traditional wagon.

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