2014 Volvo XC70 | new car review

Posted on Mar 23, 2014 by
2014 Volvo XC70
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 2.5 stars
  • OK
AEDAED 167,900
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 60%
  • Interior
    Editor: 60%
  • Quality
    Editor: 70%
  • Features
    Editor: 70%
  • Performance
    Editor: 70%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 80%

Review Summary:

The XC70 is a curious model in the range, based on the V70 estate car, (which is only available as part of a fleet in the UAE) it sits very much on the fence, unable to decide what it actually is, and what it is actually supposed to do.

Pros

Decent set of features
Off-road capability

Cons

It's quite an average looking car

Looks

Ultimately the 2014 Volvo XC70 is an estate car, but by raising it a mere 74mm it becomes an off-road going machine too. It doesn’t look bad, but nor does it stand out. It has an Audi-like quality about it, which means it lacks depth. It is the epitome of average.

2014 Volvo XC70 side

Feels

Despite the XC70 sharing the same, classy interior as everything else in the Volvo range, its lack of character on the outside continues on the inside. You almost get the impression that it has stolen the interior from the XC60 just to fit in. Certainly it is all jolly comfortable and nicely done, but it doesn’t feel right.

2014 Volvo XC70 interior

Engineering

The XC70 may not be the best looking Volvo, but it can certainly claim to be one of the better equipped. It has been built with advanced stability control and comes with All-Wheel-Drive as standard. It has been engineered to tackle medium off-road terrain. The vast array of safety features are fitted as standard.

2014 Volvo XC70 roof rail

What’s on offer?

The XC70 T6 Sport is the only model available in the UAE. Fitted with a 3.0 litre, 6-cylinder turbo-charged engine transmitted through AWD. The figures don’t look bad, as the engine produces 304hp and 440Nm of torque. Fuel economy is reported to be fair, with 10.7 litres giving you 100km in distance. You can purchase an XC70 for AED 167,900, although throughout March you can get one for AED 159,000.

2014 Volvo XC70 front

Summing it…

Perhaps I have come across as a bit harsh on the XC70, I actually quite like it. You can’t knock the features, and it is certainly practical and spacious. But it lacks a refined style which appears to be  common with other Volvo’s right now. Think of the XC70 as an XC60 that is slightly less interesting to look at, but goes off-road to try and make up for it.

2014 Volvo XC70 rear

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