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2009 Volvo XC70 Review
Ideal for safety-conscious wagon lovers.
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The 2009 Volvo XC70 resides in a vehicle segment that has steadily lost popularity over recent decades: the wagon. Wagons are supposed to give car-like handling, fuel economy, and the cargo space of a van or sport utility vehicle (SUV). The 2009 Volvo XC70 is nice enough in its own right. It is a safe, smooth riding, and feature-filled wagon with style. But the wagon segment is losing to SUVs, and the 2009 Volvo XC70 is something of an example why.
Engines: 3.0-liter inline-6, 3.2-liter inline-6
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: XC70 3.2, XC70 T6
For 2009, the Volvo XC70 gets a new, turbocharged T6 model. There is a new Technology Package that includes active bi-xenon headlights with washers, satellite radio, a premium audio system, and rear-seat headphone jacks and audio controls. Bluetooth connectivity is now standard. The 2009 Volvo XC70 has a fair amount of gear given the previous year’s design overhaul.
The 2009 Volvo XC70 wagon comes in two trims: 3.2 and T6. Standard equipment on the 3.2 includes skid plates, 16-inch alloy wheels, and roof rails. The T6 adds 17-inch alloy wheels and dual exhaust outlets.
There are a number of options packages for the 2009 Volvo XC70. The Convenience Package includes a power tailgate, front and rear park assist, tinted glass, and an interior air quality system.
Stand-alone options include 17-inch or 18-inch alloy wheels, a blind-spot warning system, a ""Personal Car Communicator"" that includes keyless ignition/entry, and a heartbeat sensor to detect the presence of an intruder in the car.
The 2009 Volvo XC70 3.2's cabin has a dual-zone automatic climate control, power front seat with lumbar adjustment and driver memory settings, faux wood trim, a leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, Bluetooth connectivity, an eight-speaker audio system with a CD/MP3 player, and an auxiliary audio jack. On the inside, the T6 upgrades to a ""watch dial"" instrument cluster and aluminum interior trim. For cabin options, The Premium Package includes leather upholstery, a sunroof, a power passenger seat, and a universal garage remote and wood trim. The Climate Package adds heated rear seats, heated front seats, heated headlamp washers, and rain-sensing wipers. The Technology Package adds active bi-xenon headlights with washers, satellite radio, a premium Dynaudio stereo, and rear-seat headphone jacks and audio controls. Stand-alone interior options include wood trim, a navigation system, a 650-watt Dynaudio audio system with an in-dash CD changer, and a rear DVD entertainment system with dual headrest-mounted screens.
Performance & Handling
The 2009 Volvo XC70 3.2 gets its name from a 3.2-liter inline-6 that generates 235 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic with manual shift capability divides power up among the four wheels. The percentage of power division is dependent upon traction conditions. The 2009 Volvo XC70 T6 uses the same transmission and AWD system as the 3.2, but upgrades to a turbocharged three-liter inline-6 that kicks out 281 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Volvo’s tests show that the XC70 3.2 will do the zero-to-60-mph run in about 8.5 seconds, giving it the same acceleration as much larger sport utility vehicles.
Handling clearly isn’t an emphasis feature on the 2009 Volvo XC70. Slightly smaller wagons from Audi and BMW offer much more driving fun than the XC70. This Volvo wagon is smooth, refined, and quiet; giving it all the makings of a luxury car for long trips and easy rides. But buyers looking for cargo space and fine luxury sedan handling that verges on sporty should look elsewhere.
An 18.5-gallon tank allows the 2009 Volvo XC70 3.2 to travel 277 city miles and 425 highway miles. The T6 has a slightly reduced highway range.
The 2009 XC70 follows Volvo’s tradition for building extra safe vehicles. Standard features include hill descent control, anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and anti-whiplash front head restraints. The Collision Avoidance Package features a collision warning system with an auto-braking function, adaptive cruise control, Vehicle Distance Alert, Driver Alert Control, and a lane-departure warning system.
EPA Fuel Economy
XC70 T6: 15 mpg city/22 mpg highway
- Cargo capacity
- Safety features
- Standard all-wheel drive
- Sound system
- Smooth ride
You Won't Like
- Fuel economy
- Base engine
Ideal for safety-conscious wagon lovers.
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