There are more safety options available by way of the options list; a Lane Departure Warning system and ACC Adaptive Cruise Control with Distance Alert, Collision warning and Auto Brake are just some of the highlights.
There are more safety options available by way of the options list; a Lane Departure Warning system and ACC Adaptive Cruise Control with Distance Alert, Collision warning and Auto Brake are just some of the highlights. A full set of airbags is standard but strangely, a passenger airbag, cut-off switch is on the extras list, priced at £25.
From the outside, the XC70 is distinguished by heavy-duty protection panels along the sides, wheelarches and chunky, front and rear bumpers which feature chromed, scuff-plates. The mirrors have been enlarged and now include integrated side indicators. There have been some styling changes, elsewhere. The words, athletic and sporty are used to describe the new look and it wasn’t until I followed an older version, on the road, that I realised just how much sleeker the new one is.
The rake of the windscreen is less upright and the tailgate has been modified to make the opening larger. Moreover, the luggage capacity has been increased by 55-litres over the out-going model and now offers 575-litres with the seats in place and a maximum of 1600-litres, with the seats folded flat and loaded to the roof.
The boot floor has anchorage points for a cargo net and sliding catches on aluminium rails set into the floor. Also set into the floor is a pull up flap, which is intended to keeps bags in place, whilst in transit. A powered tailgate is another option on some models at £330, as are a host of ‘pack and load’ items.
The previous 60:40 split and fold function of the rear seats has been changed a more versatile 40:20:40 arrangement with a 30 degree recline to the seats backs. If you have a young family, it might be worth forking out the extra £260 for the very clever, integrated, two stage booster seats. These also come as part of the £360, Family Pack along with extra storage, power child locks and a rear seat audio console with earphone sockets. The seats look normal but the squab lifts to form a booster seat, while the seatbelt force limiters have been adjusted to accommodate children.
The front seats have been orthopaedically designed and it shows: making long journeys less arduous. The driver’s seat is powered and has a seat memory but both front passengers have the benefit of height adjustment, while the steering column is both rake- and reach-adjustable.
The interior is spacious with more than a hint of Scandinavian design with the curved centre console providing a link between the fascia and the central tunnel. The only downside was the XC Crossed aluminium trim, which features heavily across the dash and doors. The pattern is similar to that of a 50’s Formica table and felt out of place amongst the light coloured upholstery and modern switchgear.
There are three trim levels: SE, SE Sport and SE Lux with prices ranging from £31,035 to £36,200. The test car was the SE Sport with the petrol engine and non-optional Geartronic, automatic transmission priced at £35,700.
Volvo XC70 Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Volvo XC70 3.2 SE Sport|
|Colour||Black Sapphire Metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||8.6 Seconds|
|Top Speed||134 mph|
|Transmission||6-Speed Geartronic Automatic Transmission|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||33.1 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3-Year / 60,000 Mile Warranty|
|Price (when tested on the 20/03/08)||£35,700|