Our Volvo XC70 was fitted with keyless entry and with the key fob in your pocket or handbag you can simply grab the doors to open the vehicle and to lock it you press the button on the door. This is great when your hands are full with shopping or you are minding children. The key fob still has to be inserted into the dashboard to start the car via a stop/start button.
Entry into the Volvo XC70 is a little tricky with the extra ground clearance and the relatively high sills, it does require some dexterity - especially with the swooping roofline. Once inside there is plenty of head, shoulder and legroom. All round vision is very good, even over the shoulder vision is good.
On the Volvo XC70 SE LUX Premium model, finding the ideal driving position is easy as the driver's seat is electrically adjustable with three memory positions. The front passenger seat is electrically adjustable as well. The seats are exceptionally comfortable and cosseting.
Instrumentation and the switch gear are clearly labelled and ergonomically laid out. Getting into the rear again requires you getting over the sills which are quite high. There is plenty of room for two adults in the rear but the third middle seat passenger might find the transmission tunnel intrudes into their legroom.
There are Rear Parking Sensors, which can be switched off, if you are towing. We would have liked to have seen front sensors as well but despite its size it is fairly easy to park, considering the XC70's poor 37.7 feet turning circle.Safety and Security
Volvo has a renowned history of developing safe cars and the Volvo XC70 is no exception it features multiple airbags including dual-chamber SIPS side airbags and inflatable side curtains. And then there is DSTC (Dynamic Stability and Traction Control), ABS (Anti-lock Brakes) with HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist).
A lot of acronyms maybe but they all add up to a safe and secure family car.
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