2012 Volvo XC70

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First Drive: 2008 Volvo XC70

This 2008 review is representative of model years 2008 to 2014.
By Patrick Hong of Road & Track

While many Americans love SUVs for their rugged image, higher ride height and extra cargo capacity, most drivers don’t realize they can gain similar benefits in the form of an off-road-capable sport wagon. Those of you who are tired of a sport ute’s overbearing size and gas-guzzling nature should take a closer look at the all-new, 2008 Volvo XC70. It offers better driving dynamics and fuel economy with many of the features you would expect in an SUV.

Want higher ride height for better road navigation? The XC70 rides 8.3 inches above the ground. Want off-road capability for those few occasions when the family decides to go off the beaten path for camping? No problem. The XC70’s all-wheel-drive system with Hill Decent Control (HDC) will take you through any light − to − medium duty terrain with little effort.

Want more cargo capacity? Check out the Volvo’s 33.3 cu.-ft. of rear storage volume − even with the seats filled! Fold down the second row of seats and you’ll get a generous 72.1 cu. ft. of space, enough room to fit a go-kart.

Powered by the 235-bhp 3.2-liter inline-6 seen in the company’s S80 sedan, the XC70 is not a rocket ship. However, its engine, mated to the Geartronic 6-speed automatic transmission, is smart enough to know when to serve up all its 236 lb. ft. of torque to push the 2-ton vehicle to speed and keep up with the traffic flow.

Expect the 2008 Volvo XC70 to show up in dealers near you in October. According to company representatives, MSRP is not expected to be much more than the current model’s, listed around $36,500. Look for more details in the September 2007 issue of Road & Track.

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