2010 Volvo XC70 | new car review

Posted on Sep 13, 2010 by










The XC70 is a mid-size station wagon that’s been jacked up for higher ground clearance and given four-wheel drive.

This lends it a modicum of off-road capability, mixed with the practicality and driving experience of a road-going car, with the premium feel and luxury one expects from .

Don’t expect to be able to plough through wadis and scale huge sand dunes in the XC70, it’s not quite that off-road ready. The ground clearance isn’t as substantial as a bona fide SUV and there are no terrain response settings or locking diffs. But the Volvo should be able to cope with gravel tracks, grass etc without too many problems.

The XC70 seats five, with a spacious boot and (in the UAE) comes in just one trim, Comfort. This is a well-appointed model, with ventilated leather upholstery, cruise control and a radio CD system, as well as powered front seats, halogen headlights and rear parking sensors. It rides on 17-inch alloy wheels.

Power comes from a six-cylinder, 3.6-litre engine that develops 235bhp and is attached to a six speed automatic gearbox.

The Volvo V70, upon which the XC70 is based, scored five stars in the European EuroNCAP crash safety tests. Safety equipment includes ABS, Dynamic Stability and Traction Control as well as front, side and curtain airbags. Hydraulic Brake Assist applies maximum braking force in an emergency while Ready Alert Brakes anticipates severe braking and moves the pads closer to the discs. A Whiplash Protection System is installed in the front seats.

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