2014 Volvo XC70 Review

March 26, 2014
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If you are looking for a family car that can deal with light off-road challenges and wet pavements with ease, the 2014 Volvo XC70 should be in your shopping list. It also offers flexibility and practicality all at a reasonable price for a luxury wagon. Learn more about the new XC70 below.

NEW FOR 2014 XC70

  • refreshed exterior styling
  • heated steering wheel and windshield
  • folding front passenger seat
  • cyclist detection feature
  • standard LED daytime running lights
  • standard adaptive TFT instrument cluster on T6 models

UNDER THE HOOD

There are two engines that can give the 2014 XC70 power. One is a 3.2-liter 6-cylinder engine that generates 240 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive system is standard and all-wheel is optional. The other engine is a 3.0-liter 6-cylinder that produces 300 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. It is standard with all-wheel drive system. Every XC70 uses a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The following are the EPA fuel economy estimates for the 2014 Volvo XC70.

City Highway Combined
3.2 FWD 18 mpg 26 mpg 21 mpg
3.2 AWD 18 mpg 25 mpg 21 mpg
3.0 AWD 17 mpg 24 mpg 20 mpg

 

ON THE ROAD

Some reviewers think that the 3.2-liter gives the XC70 enough power but doesn’t allow it to pull off exciting acceleration. The turbocharged 3.0-liter engine is more spirited and makes the wagon more responsive.

Ride comfort is not an issue because the XC70 provides the kind of ride quality a luxury vehicle should have. Well, thanks to the soft suspension tuning. But this somehow compromises the XC70’s handling, putting sportier vehicles in the class in the spotlight.

INSIDE THE 2014 XC70

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Genuine wood interior trim and leather do not fail to give a vehicle’s cabin an elegant and classy look and feel. And you can find that blend in the XC70. The gauge cluster and the controls, in general, are easy to read and understand. But some reviewers noted that some of the controls look dated compared with the XC70’s rivals.

The front seats are supportive and comfortable. The rear seats, too, except they don’t provide much legroom for taller passengers. But overall, the XC70’s interior is flexible and practical especially with the folding rear seat and front-passenger seat. Cargo room is also generous at 33.3 to 72 cubic feet.

KEY FEATURES

Volvo offers two models of the XC70 for 2014: the 3.2 and the TS. And there are four trim levels namely, base, Premier, Premier Plus and Platinum.

The base XC70 3.2 has LED daytime running lights, headlight washers, driver information system, rain sensor, fog lights, Bluetooth, aluminum interior trim, cruise control, 8 cup holders, electronic dual-zone climate control, 8-speaker audio system, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, 8-way power driver seat with lumbar support, satellite radio, USB/iPod input, Volvo Sensus with 7-inch screen, split flat-folding rear seat, and 17-inch alloy wheels.

The base XC70 T6 and 3.2 Premier add auto-dimming rearview mirror, walnut wood inlay, leather seats, power sunroof, power-adjustable passenger seat, dual exhaust end pipes, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

In Premier Plus trim, the XC70 gets a power sunroof and liftgate, electric folding rear headrests, quick-fold power passenger seat, grocery bag holder, and rearview camera. The Platinum trim adds accent lighting, premium audio system, and voice-activated navigation system.

Optional packages include the following:

CLIMATE PACKAGE: interior air quality system, heated steering wheel, windshield and seats

TECHNOLOGY PACKAGE: road sign information, adaptive cruise control, active high beam, collision warning, lane departure warning, cyclist and pedestrian detection2014 volvo xc70 features1

Features like blind spot information system, front and rear park assist, child booster seats, and active bi-xenon headlights with washers are offered as stand-alone options.

Photo credit: volvocars.com

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