Wednesday, May 28, 2008

2008 Volvo V70

With my first day at work slated for next Monday, I've been reading and re-reading the Volvo product manuals the sales manager gave me. In every brochure, there is a page showing all the models: S40, S60, S80; V50, V70; XC70, XC90; C30, C70. Upon first look, I thought the V50 was simply the wagon version of the S40 and the V70 was the wagon version of te S60. But upon closer look, I found that the V70 is actually based on the top-of-the-line S80. That's one nice wagon!

The wagon is powered by a 3.2 inline six (235 hp/236 ft/lb) mated to a six-speed Geartronic FWD transmission. Although the smaller wagon offers AWD, the V70 doesn't ... at least in the US. Reviewer Alex Dykes of The Truth About Cars, says that, "yet again American shoppers get shafted: both the T6 engine and AWD system are Euro only options." But if that's really an issue, take Jim Gorzelany's advice. "If you want a version that comes with all-wheel drive and is tricked out to look more like an SUV, the XC70 may be for you."

I finally decided to visit Volvo's site to see what a fully loaded V70 would cost. The web site allowed me to choose the color of paint and upholstery, as well as premium options such as dual television screens ($1800), bi-xenon headlights ($800), and the navigation system ($2120). Pricing started at $33,210, but after adding every possible option, the cash register read a whopping $50,879! That's a lot of options!

But of all the cars offered by Volvo, this seems to be the perfect family car. Sure the XC90 is bigger. But the V70 is just the right size for a family of five. If your children are young, you'll appreciate the built-in children's seats with adjustable seat belts. And even with a full car, the large cargo area provides plenty of room for groceries or suitcases. So far, I'm liking what I see.


Alex Dykes, "2008 Volvo V70 Review," January 11, 2008.

Build your own Volvo

Jim Gorzelany,
2008 Volvo V70, January 16, 2008.

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