The 2007 Volvo V70 is the quintessential family wagon in some ways. It offers excellent safety scores, spaciousness, and good interior ergonomics. However, it falls short of the luxury its price tag implies, and the lower trims lack performance and suffer from seating space issues. By itself the V70 is a classic wagon and a good buy, but offerings from Subaru and Volkswagen offer as much luxury, similar features, and better performance with more occupant space at a slightly lower price. If looking for a wagon, look at the V70, but also shop around.
Body Styles: station wagon
Engines: 2.4-liter five-cylinder, 2.5-liter five-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Volvo V70 2.4, Volvo V70 2.5T, Volvo V70 R
All 2007 Volvo V70 wagons now have standard stability control, a tire-pressure monitoring system, revised outside mirrors with integrated turn signals, and on the inside, aluminum accents. The optional rear-facing, third-row seat has been discontinued. A dual-screen rear entertainment system provides an option on the 2.4 and 2.5T. Other new 2.5T options include adaptive bi-xenon headlights and chrome wheels.
The 2007 Volvo V70 midsize station wagon comes in three trim levels: 2.4, 2.5T, and R. The 2.4 starts off with 16-inch alloy wheels and heated outside mirrors. The 2.5T trim shows no significant exterior upgrades. The high-performance V70 R has standard gear like a sport-tuned adaptive suspension, 17-inch wheels with performance tires, Brembo brakes, and bi-xenon HID headlights. Rain-sensing wipers and a sunroof highlight some of the notable standalone options.
The 2.4 has dual-zone manual climate control, a CD player, and a tilt/telescoping, leather-wrapped steering wheel. The 2.5T adds a power driver’s seat with memory and automatic climate control. The V70 R adds leather sport seats, a three-spoke steering wheel, unique silver-faced gauges, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.
Options include leather seating, a 325-watt Dolby ProLogic II sound system with an in-dash CD changer, a navigation system, satellite radio, heated seats, real wood accents, and an interior air quality system. The 2.4 and 2.5T offer a rear-seat DVD entertainment system with dual rear screens. The 2007 Volvo V70 R Premium offers natural-finish leather upholstery as an exclusive option.
Performance & Handling
The V70 2.4 uses a 2.4-liter, five-cylinder engine that produces 165 horsepower and 166 lb-ft of torque. The 2.5T features a turbocharged, 2.5-liter five-cylinder, making 208 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. The engine of the 2.4 mates with either a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission, while the engine of the 2.5T only uses the automatic. Auto manual functionality allows the 2.5T to shift like a manual. Both models use front drive only.
The all-wheel-drive V70 R uses a higher-boost version of the 2.5-liter engine, producing an impressive 300 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission offers an optional six-speed automatic. Equipped with the manual gearbox, the V70 R wagon takes just 5.6 seconds to sprint from zero to 60 mph in Volvo’s own tests. The time slows by one full second with the test performed with an automatic gearbox.
The handling remains somewhat plain and uneventful, or predictable and calm, on the 2.4 and 2.5T. The R has a driver-adjustable adaptive suspension that gives it the handling abilities of pricier German-made wagons. The R offers fun, the 2.4 and 2.5T suffice for grocery errands. Wagon offerings from Subaru and Volkswagen offer superior performance and driving dynamics at a lower asking price, making the V70 a tough recommendation in terms of driving fun.
All models of the V70 come standard with traction control, stability control, anti-lock disc brakes, a tire-pressure monitor, front-seat side airbags, full-length side-curtain airbags, whiplash-reducing front head restraints, and Volvo's OnCall telematics. Built-in child booster seats and power rear-door safety locks remain optional on all models, while rear parking sensors are available for only the V70 R. The IIHS has not tested the 2007 Volvo V70. In NHTSA testing the V70 earns five out of five stars in all but one of the performed tests. In rollover resistance tests, the V70 received four out of five stars. The V70, like many Volvo offerings, makes a very safe option for a family vehicle.
EPA Fuel Economy
Volvo V70 2.4: 19/27 mpg city/highway
Volvo V70 2.5T: 18/27 mpg city/highway
Volvo V70 R: 16/23 mpg city/highway
- Front-seat support
- Safety features
- Highway ride
- Cargo space
- R power
You Won't Like
- Base engine
- Rear legroom
- Needs options for luxury
- Harsh ride
A safe wagon that lags behind class leaders from Volkswagen and Subaru.
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