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2013 Volvo XC70 Review
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The 2013 Volvo XC70 is the last-standing station wagon in Volvo's lineup. This is no small thing considering the station wagon was Volvo's claim to fame in the U.S. market years ago. Now, with a lineup of stylish sedans and sporty SUVs, Volvo has continued to pare down its wagon offerings. However, the XC70 stands as a solid, reliable, and attractive wagon for families and those looking for the iconic Volvo wagon.
The Volvo XC70 comes in two models, the 3.2 and the T6. Three trims are available: Premier, Premier Plus, and Platinum. The XC70 3.2 is named after its 3.2-liter, six-cylinder engine. There are many different options and these quickly escalate the price comfortably into the luxury automobile range. Those looking for a luxury vehicle with Volvo’s famous reliability and safety features will no doubt find the 2013 Volvo XC70 an attractive option.
New For 2013
After receiving an update last year, there aren't too many changes for the 2013 Volvo XC70. On the short list is:
- Keyless drive, rain-sensing windshield wipers, tunnel-detecting headlights, illuminated gearshift lever, and headlight washers become standard.
- Cars with the Technology package get road-sign information and automatic high-beams.
- Two new exterior colors debut: magic blue metallic and twilight bronze metallic.
The exterior style of the 2013 Volvo XC70 looks completely different than the classic Volvo station wagon in our memories. The XC70 has a higher ground clearance, which makes it almost more similar to a sport utility vehicle than a station wagon. The curved lights in the rear resemble those of the XC90 SUV, and the car has a highly contemporary, fluid appearance. The XC70 is available in multiple body paint colors including Black Stone, Flamenco Red Metallic, Ice White, Caspian Blue Metallic, and Twilight Bronze Metallic. The XC70 3.2 comes with 16-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires and the T6 comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels and all-season tires. Both include an inside-mounted spare tire on a steel spare wheel.
Interior & Cargo
Designed with families in mind, the interior of the 2013 Volvo XC70 is comfortable and practical. The dash is well laid-out and comes with plenty of options. Interior features include eight-way power front seats with memorized settings for up to three drivers, a fold-flat passenger seat, a split-folding rear seatback, and a front console with storage. The 3.2 comes standard with cloth upholstery. Leather is an option in the 3.2 but comes standard in the T6. The driver and passengers can take advantage of the 12V front and rear power outlets as well as the dual-zone climate controls.
The infotainment system offers eight speakers, a video monitor, 160 watts of stereo output, an AM/FM radio and an in-dash single CD player, Bluetooth, iPod input, USB connection, and SiriusXM satellite radio with the first six months of service included. A navigation system is available as an option.
With all of the seats in, the cargo capacity is good at 33.3 cubic feet of storage space.
Volvo is known for safety and the XC70 is no different. Standard safety features include four-wheel ABS, dual front side-mounted airbags, front and rear head airbags, rear headrests, and child seat anchors. The 2013 Volvo XC70 also comes with standard, high-tech safety equipment such as a pre-collision safety system, a blind spot information system, an engine immobilizer, and an emergency braking preparation system.
As with everything on the 2013 Volvo XC70, the performance is comfortable and practical. It may not be the most exciting driving experience, but it should be more than satisfactory for families. The base trim 3.2 obviously comes with a 3.2-liter V-6 with 240 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. Upgrading to the T6 trim brings a 3.0-liter V-6 with 300 horsepower and 325 lb-ft. The six-speed automatic runs smoothly. Drivers have the option of either front drive or four-wheel drive, although the Premier offers only all-wheel drive.
The Volvo XC70 is a good option for families living in the suburbs. Those who live in harsh weather climates can take full advantage of the four-wheel drive, which comes at no extra cost. Fuel economy is another area in which the 2013 Volvo XC70 excels. It is estimated that drivers can expect to receive 18/24 mpg city/highway, although buyers should take note that figures are slightly higher with all-wheel drive. The car is also surprisingly adept at handling the highway. From a standing still, the T6 trim has been recorded to go from zero to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Volvo XC70
- Volvo XC60
- Audi Q5
- BMW X3
- Lincoln MKX
- Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class