The 2007 Volvo XC70 belongs to the stigmatized class known as the station wagon. The XC70 serves as a variation on the V70, meant to appeal to buyers interested in SUVs. The XC70 offers a slightly more rugged V70 with a taller ride height and a skid plate. While the XC70 offers all-weather capability, it really can’t handle off-road duties and the supposedly rugged “cross country"" XC70 remains a pavement warrior. Given the price and lack of ruggedness, it’s hard to recommend the XC70, especially when the Subaru Outback handles off-road duty for a noticeably lower price.
Body Styles: station wagon
Engines: 2.5-liter five-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Volvo XC70
For 2007, the Volvo XC70 gets a revised set of alloy wheels and exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals. Stability control and a tire-pressure monitor become standard gear. A dual-screen rear entertainment system provides a newly available option. The optional bi-xenon headlights use an adaptive design, better enabling drivers to see around turns on dark roads. Volvo discontinues the rear-facing third-row seat.
The 2007 Volvo XC70 all-wheel-drive, midsize wagon comes in one trim level. Standard equipment includes 16-inch alloy wheels, skid plates, and a roof rack. Standalone options include adaptive bi-xenon headlights, 17-inch wheels, and an adaptive suspension. Rain-sensing wipers and headlight washers can be added via the Climate Package. A Four-C suspension option adds adjustable shock absorbers.
The exterior of the XC70 has a sleek and rugged look to it. While most makers don’t add a lot of styling cues to a wagon, the XC70 looks the part without seeming bland.
The XC70 comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, a power driver’s seat with memory settings, a six-speaker CD stereo, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, and faux wood trim. Standalone options include a navigation system packaged with satellite radio, a 325-watt Dolby ProLogic II audio system with an in-dash CD changer, and a rear DVD entertainment system with dual screens. The Premium Package adds leather upholstery and real walnut trim, along with a sunroof, while the Climate Package provides seat heaters.
While the interior of the XC70 lacks luxury, some of the optional gear makes the cabin more upscale. The ergonomics seem decent and the area proves spacious except for rear-seat legroom that feels a bit cramped. With the rear seat folded the XC70 is an oddity: it lacks the cargo space of an SUV, but offers more cargo space than most wagons. Call it good for what it is. With optional gear, the XC70 offers a good selection of features. It may not rival a luxury sedan for gadgets and toys, but for a utilitarian vehicle like a wagon, it offers a solid amount of equipment.
Performance & Handling
A 2.5-liter, turbocharged, five-cylinder engine producing 208 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque provides the only available engine for the 2007 Volvo XC70. A five-speed automatic transmission sends power to the all-wheel-drive system. Division of that power to the wheels varies depending on the traction. Under normal traction conditions, 95 percent of the engine's power gets sent to the front wheels for the sake of fuel economy. The engine performance proves sufficient to handle all traffic situations.
While the XC70 seems easily maneuverable thanks to its small size and light steering, it isn’t capable of sharp handling and wouldn’t be classified as a segment leader or athletic performer. The ride feels soft and smooth, making the XC70 a good choice for a daily driver. The all-wheel drive with variable power distribution handles bad-weather situations rather well, adding to the safety factor.
The 2007 Volvo XC70 comes standard with anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side-curtain airbags, anti-whiplash front head restraints, and Volvo's onCall telematics. The Convenience Package adds safety gear such as rear parking assist, integrated child booster seats, and power rear-door safety locks. The NHTSA gives the XC70 five out of five stars on all of its tests save rollover resistance where it earns four out of five stars. Overall, the 2007 Volvo XC70 serves as an outstanding example of vehicle safety.
EPA Fuel Economy
Volvo XC70: 16/23 mpg city/highway
- Seat comfort
- Cargo space
- Safety features
- All-weather abilities
You Won't Like
- Lacks power for a pricey car
- Not much off-road ability
- Back-seat legroom
A runner-up to the Subaru Outback because of a high price.
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