2008 Volvo XC70

  • 2008 Volvo XC70 Base Wagon

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2008 Volvo XC70 Review

A good family vehicle with many safety features and great technology.

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The Volvo XC70 is the Cross Country version of Volvo’s V70 station wagon. The primary difference is a more rugged body, along with some improved performance features befitting of a crossover with off-road drivability. The body more closely resembles a station wagon than a crossover. It is longer than the V70 and sits higher. It is a five-door hatchback with a front engine and a front-wheel- or four-wheel-drive layout.

The 2008 XC70 kicked off this model’s third generation with an exterior redesign, a power increase, and a range of new and improved technologies. The XC70 is best known for its safety, innovative technologies, luxury, and smooth ride on-road.

The Range

Body Styles: crossover wagon
Engines: 3.2-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: six-speed automatic with overdrive and auto-manual
Models: Volvo XC70 3.2

What's New

The 2008 XC70’s exterior is redesigned, sporting a more aggressive front, fog lights, and a dark bumper, which helps separate it from the V70. The engine is more powerful than the 2007 version and all-wheel drive is now standard on this model. Volvo adds an adjustable child booster seat in the back row plus a number of new and improved safety features.


The front of the XC70 has been redesigned, taking style cues from the XC90 SUV, like bright fog lights surrounded by a dark bumper cover. The diagonal Volvo logo is larger, running across the grill. It has high-intensity discharge headlights that swivel as drivers steer to see better around corners. The dark cladding on the bumper extends around the body to the rear bumper. The rear is flat like the V70 but brighter. The 2008 XC70 has great ground clearance as well. It is available in a range of colors and finishes.


Interior is roomy, though the backseat can become crowded with three adults. The rear seats are designed with a 40/20/40 split and fold down for more cargo space. The outboard seats come with optional heating. The control layout is simple and intuitive, located on a floating center stack. The dashboard vents and the gear selector are surrounded with attractive trim. The tachometer and speedometer are large and take up the majority of the instrument panel. The XC70 offers a wide range of features as standard and even more as optional.

Performance & Handling

The 2008 Volvo XC70 has a 3.2-liter, inline-six-cylinder engine, which produces 235-hp. All units come with a six-speed automatic transmission with a manual mode so drivers can control shifting. All-wheel drive is standard on all models. An upgraded Four-C driver-adjustable suspension is optional. It has Hill Descent Control, which is designed to keep the speed at six mph when going over difficult terrain off-road.

The XC70 demonstrates steady acceleration but can struggle while passing at high speeds. The cabin is quiet, and in good driving conditions, the ride is always smooth; drivers will notice potholes and other significant road imperfections, however. The XC70 handles well also during city driving, on the highway, and off-road, with sensitive but precise steering and brakes. Off-Road, the XC70 does moderately well compared to wagon-type crossovers; however, it's lacking when compared to most conventional off-road SUVs.


The XC70 comes with a range of safety features, including side-impact airbags for the front seats, curtain airbags which extend lower in the back seats, front airbags, and electronic stability control.

EPA Fuel Economy

Volvo XC70: 15/22 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Interior style
  • Exterior style changes
  • Safety features

You Won't Like

  • No manual transmission
  • Limited off-road capability

Sum Up

A good family vehicle with many safety features and great technology.

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