2012 Volvo XC70

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Flash Drive: 2009 Volvo XC70 T6 AWD

This 2009 review is representative of model years 2008 to 2015.
By Staff of MSN Autos

The Volvo XC70 T6 AWD is everything you expect it to be. It’s obviously sturdy. It’s pleasantly luxurious. It’s spacious. The engine is obviously turbocharged, as you can tell from the turbo lag (a delay between wanting more power and actually getting more power). Yet the surprising thing about the XC70 is that it feels much more like a car than like an SUV. Driving around town, the XC70 corners flatly and rides smoothly without the bouncing you would expect in a tall SUV. But it is also plenty tall, with a ride height that makes casual off-roading in the XC70 seem plausible and driving through the occasional snowstorm likely to be a breeze. – Paul Hagger

Contrary to popular belief, wagons are cool, much more so than crossovers. That goes double for the XC70, which offers standard all-wheel drive and utility vehicle versatility. The interior has excellent fit and finish, as expected. The large front seats are comfortable and provide ample support. The rear seat is roomy, and there’s a flat, sizable cargo area in back. Like in an SUV, the driver has a high, commanding view of the road, and overall visibility is amazing. Unfortunately, we wouldn’t exactly call it a “performance vehicle.” Acceleration from the turbocharged 3.0-liter engine in our luxurious T6 tester was just OK, and the ride is a bit soft. It handles more like a car than an SUV. Basically, the XC70 should please any family that requires all-weather capability and an upscale cabin with plenty of cargo space. – Chuck Tannert

Tired of the overabundance of the SUV? Do you want something that will carry all your stuff and still get decent gas mileage? The Volvo XC70 might be the wagon for you. Wagons are super popular in Europe, and thanks to Volvo and others, Americans can also own one. The XC70 is a stylish wagon with nice exterior lines, and will fit in at the ski slopes or when attending a symphony. Outfitted with all the safety bells and whistles you could ever want, the Volvo will keep your family safe. This safety comes at a weight cost, pushing the XC70 over 2 tons, and that brings down the fuel-efficiency ratings. Inside the car, the driver is surrounded by a plush interior, and the controls are easy to understand and use. The rear seats have room for two car seats or three adults. – Joe Chulick

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