Volvo V70 Origins
Since the earliest days of Volvo, back in the late 1920s, the famous Swedish car manufacturer has placed its lion’s share of product emphasis on passenger and vehicle safety. The list of cutting-edge safety features first introduced by Volvo over the past decades is long and impressive: three-point seat belts, window defrosters, padded instrument panels, hazard warning lights, anti-lock brakes, driver/passenger airbags, and water repellent glass name only a few.
Continuing its tradition of designing safe and practical cars aimed primarily at families, 1998 saw the midsize five-door Volvo V70 wagon make its industry debut. Directly descended from the Volvo 850, the 70 series (both S and V) are essentially modernized versions of those cars complete with several new safety features unique for the time, including built-in adjustable child booster cushions protected by extended inflatable airbag curtains.About the Volvo V70
Tracing its roots back to the first front-drive Volvo to be offered in the American market (the compact executive Volvo 850), the Volvo V70 moves away from the 850’s boxier, square design to a more flowing, rounded shape.
First generation base Volvo V70s contain a 2.4-liter, five-cylinder engine capable of delivering 168 hp, while the turbocharged T5 model of 1998 features a decidedly more powerful engine good for an extra 68 horsepower. The all-wheel drive feature, which comes standard on the 850 line, remains optional on the V70. The top-performing V70 R trim comes saddled with even more horsepower than the turbocharged T5, offering 246 hp.
Since the early 1950s, Volvo has been slowly developing the wagon brand in terms of its cabin appearance and on-board safety features. The V70 includes extended inflatable airbag curtains matched with the on-board child booster seat, plus a slimmed-down center console, an enhanced audio system, a 40/20/40 split rear seat, an optional power tailgate, a lightweight backrest, and an extra storage compartment directly beneath the luggage area.Volvo V70 Features
The now iconic Volvo V70 received a few updates for its send-off in 2010: a slight boost in its fuel economy rating, an extra trim option, the 3.2 R-Design, and a new front grille.
All the 2010 Volvo V70 models have front drive with a standard six-speed automatic transmission. Packing a 3.2-liter inline-six engine good for a respectable 235 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque, the EPA estimates fuel economy at 18/27 mpg city/highway.
The five-passenger Volvo V70 comes in two trims, base 3.2 and 3.2 R-Design, both of which offer two sub-packages: Climate package and Spring For The Technology package. The base 3.2 comes with cruise control, an eight-way power driver’s seat with memory, a 40/20/40 split folding rear seat, Bluetooth, and an eight-speaker stereo with a CD changer. Upgrading to the R nabs buyers a sport-tuned suspension and the contents of the Premium package (custom floor mats, gauges, and shifting knob).
Standard safety features apply across the board, including anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, and full-length front side airbags. A host of fancy warning systems come with the Technology package, such as collision warning, driver fatigue warning, and a land departure warning.Volvo V70 Evolution
Second generation Volvo V70s hit the roads of North America in 2001, continuing through the 2007 model year. With and exterior modeled after the more curvaceous S60 and S80, the V70s of 2001 measure slightly larger than their first generational predecessors: 3.6 inches longer, 2.4 inches taller, and 1.7 inches wider.
2002 Volvo V70s introduced a regular all-wheel drive 2.4 model and a stability system across all trims except for the base 2.4. A slight power boost of 11 horsepower arrived in 2003 for the base 2.5, while the sportier turbocharged T5 received a leg-up as well, to 247 hp.
Touted as a more up-market car than the previous two generations, the third generation of the Volvo V70 (2007 to 2011), based on the Ford EUCD platform, offers consumers a 3.2-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine (235 hp/236 lb-ft of torque) with a slower than average zero to 60 mph acceleration rate of nearly eight seconds. Blessed with one of the most luxurious interiors in its class at the time, the third generation models boast such amenities as an automatic parking brake, heated seats, and both front and rear parking sensors.