The 2009 Volvo V70 is a luxury wagon. While critics approve of the wagon concept, most buyers consider a wagon to be a vehicle refugee from the 1970s. First supplanted by the Minivan that became stigmatized and now overshadowed by the crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV), Volvo and a few other European makers are the real wagon holdouts. For this limited market, the 2009 Volvo V70 is a solid choice, with decent cargo space, tremendous safety, and features befitting a luxury car.
Body Styles: Luxury wagon
Engines: 3.2-liter inline-6
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
For 2009, the Volvo V70 receives a new option set: the Technology Package, which features satellite radio, active bi-xenon headlights with washers, and a premium audio system and rear-seat headphone jacks and audio controls. Bluetooth connectivity and foglights are now standard.
The 2009 Volvo V70 midsize wagon is only available in one trim level. Standard features include 16-inch alloy wheels, power heated mirrors, and foglights.
The Climate Package adds heated headlamp washers and rain-sensing wipers. Opt for the Convenience Package, and you'll get front and rear park assist and a power tailgate.
Stand-alone options include 17-inch wheels, a ""Personal Car Communicator"" includes keyless ignition/entry. Other packages add things, such as active bi-xenon headlights with washers and a sunroof.
2009 Volvo V70 standard features in the cabin include Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, a tilt/telescoping wheel, a power front seat with lumbar adjustment and driver memory, a 40/20/40-split-folding rear seat, two dual-height integrated child booster seats, an eight-speaker stereo with six-CD changer, and auxiliary audio jack. The Premium Package includes a power passenger seat, leather upholstery, a universal garage opener, and wood trim. The Technology Package adds satellite radio, a 650-watt Dynaudio audio system with an in-dash CD changer, rear-seat headphone jacks, and audio controls.
The interior has a respectable amount of space, comfortable seats, and some nice gear layouts on the dashboard, but is otherwise simple and plain unless an option package is added to dress things up. Only then does the cabin of the 2009 Volvo V70 look like that of a luxury vehicle.
Performance & Handling
The 2009 Volvo V70 is powered by a 3.2-liter inline-6 that produces 235 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control. The 2009 Volvo V70 is only offered with front-wheel drive. The XC70 crossover wagon is a closely related vehicle that offers all-wheel drive. Performance is average for this dying class of car.
The handling is what one expects of a wagon, well-mannered but far from sporty or fun driving oriented. This is a vehicle for utilitarian purposes. The ride is rather smooth and refined, which befits its luxury status. The price paid is for comfort and long trip use, not for athleticism or power.
With an 18.5-gallon fuel tank, the 2009 Volvo S70 can travel 296 city miles and 462 highway miles on a full tank.
The 2009 Volvo V70 gets typically high safety marks. The numerous standard safety features include two integrated two-stage child booster seats with adaptive seatbelts, stability control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, and active front head restraints.
An optional Collision Avoidance Package demonstrates Volvo's commitment to safety and adds adaptive cruise control, Vehicle Distance Alert, a collision warning system with an auto-braking function, Driver Alert Control, and a lane departure warning system.
EPA Fuel Economy
V70: 16/25 mpg city/highway
- Design style
- Cargo capacity
- Safety features
- Smooth ride
- Audio system
You Won't Like
- Transmission hesitation
- Fuel economy
A stylish family wagon with ample cargo space.
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