The Volvo XC70 driver can adjust the car's comfort functions to suit his or her personal requirements and these settings are altered in the car's information system. The menu includes the seats, rear view mirrors, climate unit, audio unit, Satellite Navigation system and, to a certain extent, the car's driving characteristics. One of the selectable functions is automatic operation of the rear window defroster. When this setting is chosen, the defroster is automatically activated when the outside temperature reaches 9 degrees C or below.
Automatic rain-sensing wipers and electronic climate control air conditioning is standard and so is cruise control, power-adjustable and heated door mirrors with autofolding function, electric windows front and rear, reading lights front and rear, leather steering wheel and gear knob and the full suite of Volvo safety features. The two outer seats also feature IsoFix child seat fixing points, which securely accommodated our child seat. We liked the integrated height-adjustable child's booster cushion, which hinges out of the two outer rear seats. The seat can be set to two heights to accommodate children between 15kgs and 36kgs, allowing them to see out of the car and benefit from optimal positioning of the seat belt. The lower seat setting is intended for children between 115 and 140cm in height and weighing between 22kg and 36kg. The upper setting is designed for children measuring 95-120cm and weighing between 15kg and 25kg.
Our Volvo XC70 test car was fitted with Active Bi-Xenon Headlights (a £1000 option) which offer far brighter lights than normal bulbs. 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 are 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.
The tailgate is electrically powered providing access to a wider aperture than the outgoing model thanks partly to locating the rear tail-lights on the tailgate rather than the rear pillars.
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