2009 Volvo XC70 | new car review

Posted on Jan 13, 2010 by


What do you get if you inject the Volvo V70 with a healthy dose of steroids? Answer: The XC70, of course!

Toughened-up for a tougher life, the XC70 will go all of the places that the V70 can’t. Don’t get confused though, because the XC, whilst it does offer four-wheel-drive and a reasonable amount of extra ground clearance over the V70, isn’t really a full-on, dune-bashing 4×4.

Built mainly for adventures off the road, but not in the really rough stuff, the XC70 can definitely handle more than your normal, average car, thanks to specially designed front and rear bumper panels and side panels. This black ‘rubberised’ material will handle stone-chips, knocks and scratches much better than a painted surface will, and as such allows XC70 drivers to attack the dirt with a lot more gusto.

2009 Volvo XC70With the ride-height increased and taller, slightly more dirt-biased tyres wrapped around tough-looking light alloy wheels, the XC can handle big dips and crests with relative ease; soaking up the big jolts with that extended suspension travel.

But, make no mistakes, you won’t be jumping the XC through the desert like a pukka 4×4; you’ll just get stuck and look silly! Instead, if the road turns into a gravel track, you’ll be ploughing-on where others will be
turning back. On the flip side of the more serious rough-road capabilities, the XC is a bit of a marketing exercise aimed at those that perhaps think they would like to live a more outdoor, adventurous life and think that the car they drive would be a good place to start – and with the XC70 it is.

2009 Volvo XC70Powering the XC through the dirt is a relatively useful 3.2-litre, straight-6 petrol engine that offers-up 238bhp and 320Nm of torque; generally deemed to be more than enough to grip and grapple through some quite heavy terrain, and certainly more than enough get-up-and-go to handle some very quiet and comfortable motorway cruising.


The cunning trick from Volvo with this rather large engine is that they have mounted it in the engine bay transversely, meaning that it will take up much less space than the same lengthy engine mounted long-ways along the engine bay. This trick means more of the length of the XC chassis can be given over to passenger accommodation, meaning that a large family can travel with space to spare, especially with that trunk that takes plenty of luggage.

2009 Volvo XC70The XC70 offers those looking for the space and practicality of an SUV an excellent other option, especially if they want to retain some kind of quality on-tarmac behavior, and would like to avoid the conspicuous bulk of a full-on, full-size 4×4.


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Price Range (AED) 155,000-170,000

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