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2008 Volvo XC70 Review

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A three-quarter rear view of a 2008 Volvo XC70

In short: A luxurious and safe market-leading crossover.

Volvo’s redesigned XC70, now sharing many of its components and systems with the S80, balances its off-road intentions with the Swedish carmaker’s usual complement of comfort and safety. This athletically styled, five-passenger family wagon handles rugged surfaces with ease, being equipped with an all-wheel drive, dynamic stability and traction controls, and a hill descent control. A laundry list of safety features includes an optional adaptive cruise control with a collision-warning system and brake support.

The 2008 Volvo XC70 features a 3.2-liter six-cylinder engine, Park Assist Camera (PAC) and many interior and exterior color options

Inside, the Volvo showcases a luxurious and spacious cabin, which provides 72.1 cubic feet of cargo capacity when the seats are down. Standard creature comforts comprise of a leather-wrapped steering wheel, eight-way power adjustable front seats and a 160-watt, eight-speaker sound system with a CD player, auxiliary audio input and MP3 capability. A dual-screen entertainment system for the rear seats, navigation system, power moonroof, heated front and rear seats, and blind spot information system are optional.

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A three-quarter front view of a 2008 Volvo XC70

Warranty/Service: Four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty; four-year/50,000-mile drivetrain warranty; four-year/unlimited-mile roadside assistance; four-year/unlimited-mile rust warranty.

Base Price: $36,775

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, all-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door crossover

Engine: 3.2-liter, 24-valve DOHC inline 6-cylinder
Horsepower: 238 hp @ 6,200 rpm
Torque: 236 lb-ft @ 3,200 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed driver-adaptive automatic

Curb weight:
4,092 lbs
Wheelbase: 110.8 in
Length/Width/Height: 190.5/73.3/63.1 in
Turning circle: 37.7 ft

all-wheel disc with ABS and electronic brake assistance
Suspension: MacPherson strut with asymmetrically-mounted coil springs in front; multilink independent with coil springs in rear; hydraulic shock absorber and stabilizer bar in front and rear

Traction: dynamic stability and traction control; hill descent control

0-60 mph:
8.1 seconds
60-0 mph: 125 ft (est.)
Top Speed: 130 mph (electronically limited)

EPA City: 15 mpg
EPA Highway: 22 mpg

Safety: inflatable side curtain; pedestrian protection; collapsible steering column; daytime running lights; side-impact airbags; tire pressure monitoring system; energy-absorbing interior and frontal structure; whiplash protection system; emergency brake assist; head restraints for all seats; driver and passenger dual-stage airbags


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(Updated 08/25/09 SV)