There is a great deal to like about the 2011 Volvo XC70, including its 8.3 inches of ground clearance. If pep is what you are looking for, the T6 model has an available 300 horsepower inline-six engine. Since it is a Volvo, it also has ample safety features and even more ample cargo room. The wide variety of safety features is in addition to the superb Swedish styling of the vehicle.
Safety still reigns supreme with a system that alerts drivers when they are not paying attention, booster seats that are integrated into the vehicle, and a keyless remote system that can even alert you of an unwanted person in the back seat of your car.
Body Styles: five-passenger wagon
Engines: 3.2-liter inline-six
Transmissions: six-speed automatic with a no clutch manual mode
Models: Volvo XC70 3.2, Volvo XC70 T6
The Volvo XC is more affordable than ever this year. Volvo dropped the price by several thousand dollars to make this model more affordable and help it compete with more modern crossover vehicles. There is also an upgrade in horsepower and some of the features were shuffled around. In addition to these changes, a front-wheel-drive version is now available.
The XC70 has 8.3 inches of impressive ground clearance and stylish dual exhaust. Sixteen-inch alloy wheels are standard in the 3.2 model and 17-inch alloy wheels are an option. The T6 AWD has 18-inch alloy wheels. Door mirrors are powered, heated, and have turn signal indicators. A trailer hitch receiver and a rear cargo power lift gate are available on both models. Other possible options include wind shield wipers with rain sensing technology and bi-xenon headlights.
From the artistically styled controls to the trademarked ""floating"" center stack panel, the cabin showcases what modern Swedish style is about. Leather and matte wood trim are available to help dress up the cabin.
The front seats in the XC70 are some of the best in the business. The seats are comfortable and offer body hugging support. While the back seats are also comfortable, the legroom is a bit sparse. The back seat is a 40/20/40 split and this adds versatility to the vehicle. With the back seats folded flat, 72 cubic feet of cargo room is available. Available integrated booster seats help drivers care for their most precious cargo.
You will also find an eight-way power driver’s seat and upholstery made of Tricotec, a neoprene-like material. For sound, there is an eight-speaker system that includes satellite radio, CD player, USB/iPod interface, and auxiliary audio jack. There is also a 12-speaker sound system available. The premium package will also give drivers leather seats, wood trim, and an eight-way power passenger seat. A leather wrapped steering wheel is standard as is dual climate control and B-pillar backseat ventilation.
Performance & Handling
The XC70 is available in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models. Both models feature 3.2-liter inline-six engines. This engine produces 236 lb-ft of torque and 240 horsepower. The T6 all-wheel drive is equipped with a turbocharged 3.0-liter engine that produces 325 lb-ft of torque and 300 horsepower. The XC70 3.2 model can reach 60 mph in 8.4 seconds.
Driving the XC70 is more about a refined, smooth ride, and less about fun. It is smaller in size than most of the available crossover SUVs and feels more maneuverable in small spaces. Acceleration is more sluggish than in previous models.
Safety features standard on the 2011 XC70 are full-length side curtain airbags, hill descent control, front-seat side airbags, stability control, anti-whiplash front head restraints, and anti-lock disc brakes. Additional safety features included with the Technology package are a driver fatigue warning system, lane departure warning, and a blind spot monitor. This package also has adaptive cruise control and a collision warning with ""Auto Brake"" that will prime the brakes in expectation of panic braking. Volvo’s Personal Car Communicator is available as well, and will give the driver a keyless ignition, entry, and lock.
EPA Fuel Economy
Volvo XC70 3.2: 18/25 mpg city/highway
Volvo XC70 T6: 17/22 mpg city/highway
- Safety features
- Comfortable seats
- Plentiful cargo space
- Integrated rear booster seats
You Won't Like
- Dull Handling
- Not-so-impressive base engine
Smooth ride with plentiful safety features.
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