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2005 Volvo XC70 Review
For the family on the go.
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The 2005 Volvo XC70 might not know exactly what it is; on the outside it appears to be a wagon with sport utility vehicle aspirations, while inside it still feels very much like a luxury car. Volvo bills it as a sport utility wagon. Its 2.5-liter engine and five-speed automatic with all-wheel drive give it the power to deliver what you need to get you places, whether you want to go to the soccer field, grocery store, or into the woods for a camping adventure.
Engines: 2.5-liter five-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Volvo XC70
The 2005 Volvo XC70 replaces Slate Blue bumpers and trims with Stone Gray and gets a redesigned grille, headlights, and taillights. The exterior also features new brushed aluminum roof rails and aluminum skid plates. Comfort increases with new front seats and the XC70 gets a new cruise control interface, center console, and audio system. A trip computer adds to the list of standard features while the list of standalone options grows with the addition of rear park assist, satellite radio preparation, a wood steering wheel, integrated booster seats, a rear-facing third-row seat, and a 40/20/40-split rear seat.
The 2005 Volvo XC70 might be described as station wagon on steroids. Compared to the regular V70, the XC70 stands out with an increased ground clearance of 2.7 inches and a more rugged-looking exterior styling with cladding on lower body sides and front and rear fasciae. Alloy wheels, skid plates, and roof rails add to the XC70's rugged good looks.
The 2005 Volvo XC70's upscale cabin proves pleasing to families looking for a sport utility wagon to get places. The seating has been improved to provide a more comfortable ride in the two front bucket seats. The driver's seat power-adjusts eight ways with manual lumbar support adjustment and features up to three memorized settings. The rear seating feels comfortable enough, but legroom remains limited. Convenience features include cruise control, power locks, power windows, power mirrors with heat, a front console with storage, cup holders in front and rear, remote trunk release, front seatback storage, and 12V front and rear power outlets.
The driver enjoys the leather tilt and telescopic steering wheel with audio and cruise controls conveniently located and the leather-trimmed shift knob. Everyone appreciates the dual-zone climate control, AM/FM/CD stereo, reading lights, cargo area light, and simulated wood trim on the center console, dash, and doors.
Performance & Handling
The 3.2-liter engine underneath the 2005 Volvo XC70 hood delivers 240 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels courtesy of its six-speed automatic transmission. The XC70 brings all-weather capability and carlike handling together in one neat package. Those looking for outdoor adventure should opt for the all-wheel drive which offers a surprising amount of off-road ability. Braking doesn’t disappoint and remains reliable as one would expect from Volvo's reputation for safety.
Safety and reliability mark the traits Volvo gets attention for and the tradition continues with many 2005 Volvo XC70 standard safety features. The sport utility wagon includes Volvo's patented Whiplash Protection System, front airbags, side curtain airbags, door beams, traction control, and anti-lock brakes. Child safety locks on the rear doors and child seat anchors improve this family-friendly vehicle. It also features daytime running lights, auto delay-off headlights, and front fog/driving lights.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Great seat comfort
- Varied safety equipment
- Solid construction
- Great brakes
You Won't Like
- No real off-road capability
- Legroom in rear
For the family on the go.
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