Volvo is keen to point out that they are a pioneer of child safety, an area of car design that is frequently overlooked.
Safety and Security
Volvo is keen to point out that they are a pioneer of child safety, an area of car design that is frequently overlooked. An example of this is the Volvo V70's integrated height-adjustable child booster cushion. Integrated into the rear seat, it can be set at two heights, allowing children of different sizes to see out of the car whilst also getting optimal seatbelt support. The lower setting is intended for children between 115 and 140cm in height and weighing between 22 and 36kg. The upper setting is designed for children measuring 95-120cm and weighing between 15 and 25kg. The integrated child booster cushions can be used on both outer rear seats.
In addition to the usual array of safety equipment the Volvo V70 benefits from such safety features as WHIPS (Whiplash Protection System) which reduces the risk of neck injuries in a rear-end collision plus Volvo's legendary SIPS (side impact protection system) which protects the occupants from side impacts. Even the inflatable roof curtains (airbags) in the Volvo V70 have been extended by 60mm, offering greater head protection for children and adults alike.
The Volvo V70 feels a very secure and protective environment for all occupants and although some manufacturers have started to catch up with Volvo's innovative active and passive safety features they still tend to lead the way.
Comfort and Refinement
We liked the fact that the driver can adjust the car's comfort functions to suit his or her personal needs. These settings can be changed via the car's information system. The menu includes the seats, rear-view mirror, climate control unit, audio system and the Satellite Navigation system.
One of the Volvo V70's selectable functions is the automatic operation of the rear defroster. When this setting is chosen, the defroster is automatically activated when the outside temperature reaches 9 degrees C or below. Another example is the speed-dependent power steering, which can be set at one of three levels via the information system.
Our Volvo V70 test car being an R-Design 'sporty model' had exterior styling details such as larger than normal 18-inch Cratus alloy wheels, a rear mounted boot spoiler and other R-Design touches such as a different badge, front silver matt grille and silver matt-finish door mirror caps.
The interior features R-Design leather faced upholstery in Off Black & Cream embossed with the R-DESIGN logo, leather-trimmed steering wheel with aluminium insert and R-DESIGN logo and unique instrument dials with blue inserts. It even has aluminium sports pedals and centre stack, sports gearlever and sports floor mats - it is all very tastefully done and would appeal to the younger driver.
Our test car was fitted with the optional winter pack (£925) with active Xenon headlights (not bi-xenon) plus heated front seats, headlamp cleaning system, luxury floor mats and heated washer nozzles. The active part of the package allows the headlamps to swivel up to 15 degrees in either direction tracking the steering movements made by the driver, pivoting the beam to match the direction of travel around a bend. It does take a while to get used to the movement of the lights, but once you do it works very well to improve vision around bends. In order to save wear and tear on the system, it is automatically deactivated in daylight and they can be switched off manually.
Volvo V70 Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Volvo V70 R-Design SE|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||9.9 seconds|
|Top Speed||127 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||45.6 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5 Star|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 28/06/09)||£28,070|