2008 Volvo V70

  • 2008 Volvo V70 Base Wagon

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2008 Volvo V70 Review

A decent vehicle for families, offering a plethora of safety features and a smooth ride.

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The V70 is a midsize, five-door station wagon from the Swedish carmaker, Volvo. It is closely related to the S70 sedan and is basically a wagon version of the S70. The V70 was first entered production in 1997. The first generation models, from 1997 to 2000, ranged in power from the two-liter five-cylinder up to the 2.4-liter engine. The 2008 V70 kicks off its third generation.

The 2008 Volvo V70s are known primarily for safety and a smooth ride similar to past models, but with many new features. Volvo also surpasses many of its competitors when it comes to new technologies. The V70’s interior is comfortable and luxurious with a very simple and attractive layout. Though the V70 was redesigned for 2008; it remains boxy overall, and the exterior is often a criticism for those not accustomed to the Volvo look.

The Range

Body Styles: wagon
Engines: 3.2-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: six-speed automatic with overdrive
Models: Volvo V70 3.2

What's New

The 2008 Volvo V70 is redesigned with a new exterior and interior. The engine also receives a boost in power; the new six-cylinder produces 235-hp. Booster seats for the back are now standard, and Volvo adds more safety features.


The overall profile of the 2008 V70 is similar to the 2007 model, with a boxy frame and somewhat plain, wagon look; however, many of the details have been altered. The most noticeable change is a more aggressive front end and a larger diagonal Volvo logo across the front. Volvo also stretches the liftgate windows farther down to increase visibility. The raised hood is actually designed to lessen the effect of an accident with a pedestrian. High-intensity Xenon headlights turn according to steering and are now available along with a power liftgate. The V70 is available in a range of colors and finishes.


The Volvo V70 has a high-quality interior with a simple layout. The controls are placed on a floating center control panel, easy to access and with an intuitive design. The dashboard is nondescript and free of clutter. It seats five with a roomy front, but the backseats can become cramped with three adults. The back seats are split in a 40/20/40 scheme and fold down for increased cargo space. A movable cargo floor is available. The V70 comes with quality fabric interior, and leather is optional. Climate control is standard as well as a range of additional features.

Performance & Handling

The 3.2-liter inline six-cylinder is the only engine offered on the 2008 models. It makes 235-hp and produces around 236 lb-ft of torque. It uses a six-speed automatic transmission with a clutch-free manual mode if the driver would like to take control of shifting. The V70 exhibits steady acceleration that is good for merging, but without a lot of kick for passing at high speeds. It shifts very smoothly and remains quiet inside, even at high speeds. The suspension is less firm, offering a very smooth ride in most cases; however, potholes, cracks, crevices, any sharp imperfection will be felt more than one would think given the otherwise very forgiving suspension. The steering is ultra sensitive and super precise for easy handling.


The 2008 Volvo V70 has a long list of safety features, including traction control, electronic stability, front airbags, side-impact airbags for the front seats, and side curtain airbags in the back, which extend farther down for children. It has blind spot monitoring, and Volvo incorporates technology that causes the front seats to cradle the front occupants in case of a rear crash, decreasing force felt from an impact of this sort.

EPA Fuel Economy

Volvo V70 3.2: 16/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Quality interior
  • Comfortable seats
  • Smooth ride
  • Cargo space

You Won't Like

  • Acceleration for a six-cylinder
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Backseat space

Sum Up

A decent vehicle for families, offering a plethora of safety features and a smooth ride.

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