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2016 Volvo XC70 Review

You’ll find one of the nicest cabins in the class with the 2016 Volvo XC70. It’s brimming with luxurious materials and an array of advanced safety technology. Unfortunately, low reliability and ownership cost scores, as well as some handling weaknesses, pull this wagon down in our rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Attractive, well-built interior
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Spacious cargo area
  • Many advanced safety features
  • Poor reliability rating
  • Cumbersome handling
  • Marginal fuel economy with all-wheel drive

New for 2016

  • Final model year before discontinuation
  • Six-cylinder engines no longer available
  • Five-cylinder engine added


Rankings & Research

The 2016 Volvo XC70's #9 ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Wagons category. Currently the Volvo XC70 has a score of 7.0 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 75 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.6
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2016 Volvo XC70 Overview

Is the 2016 Volvo XC70 a Good Used Car?

The 2016 Volvo XC70 is an OK option if you’re shopping for a used wagon. It has a large cargo space, muscular engines, and available all-wheel drive for tackling snowy roads. Passengers enjoy a smooth ride, high-quality cabin materials, and especially comfortable front seats. That said, it’s not the best value. Used wagons like the 2016 Subaru Outback and Volkswagen Golf SportWagen offer similar practicality and cargo space, but often for much less money. Additionally, this wagon's reliability rating is one of the poorest in the segment.

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Our goal is to make shopping for your next car as easy as possible. You'll find everything you need to know about the Volvo XC70 in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, horsepower specs, and cargo space dimensions) with 75 professional Volvo XC70 reviews.

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How Much Is the 2016 Volvo XC70?

The average price for a 2016 XC70 is $32,700, based on two dozen listings for this wagon on our site. That’s on the high end of our used wagon rankings, but keep in mind that this is a luxury-grade car. It’s outfitted with a more upscale interior than what you’ll find in lower priced models, like the 2016 Toyota Prius v. In general, listing prices for a 2016 XC70 range from $28,500 to $37,200, partly due to an assortment of trim levels and options. Vehicle condition, mileage, and regional demand also affect used car pricing.

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How Much Does the 2016 Volvo XC70 Cost to Own?

It costs a little more than $24,000 to insure, fuel, maintain, and repair a 2016 Volvo XC70 over five years. That’s similar to the 2016 Volvo V60’s five-year costs, and about $5,500 less than these expenses for a 2016 Audi Allroad.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New XC70?

You can’t buy a new Volvo XC70, as 2016 was the last year this wagon was built. However, there are a number of other vehicles worth considering, most of which cost far less than the average price of a 2016 XC70 (at $32,700). Dedicated wagon fans who don’t want to compromise on luxury should check out the 2018 Subaru Outback Limited ($32,695). This upper-level Outback is swankier than the base model, with leather seats, a Harman Kardon sound system, and heated front and rear seats among its amenities. Spirited drivers will get more kicks behind the wheel of a 2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen SEL ($30,245), which delivers peppy, nimble performance. Its cabin isn’t quite as fancy as the Outback Limited, but the Golf SportWagen SEL still bestows premium touches such as upscale materials, an 8-inch touch screen with navigation, and a host of advanced safety features.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Volvo XC70?

The 2016 Volvo XC70 has a below-average reliability rating of two out of five, according to J.D. Power.

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2016 Volvo XC70 Recalls

As of this writing, one recall has been issued for the 2016 XC70. Some models may have an issue with the fuse for the starter. You can search by VIN to see if this recall applies to the used XC70 you’re interested in. If it does, be sure that Volvo has replaced the fuse before you buy.

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Which Model Year of the Volvo XC70 Is Best?  

The 2016 Volvo XC70 marks the final year of a generation that launched for the 2008 model year. The Volvo V90 Cross Country replaced the XC70 for 2017. Major updates for 2016 included the addition of a five-cylinder engine and the discontinuation of both six-cylinder engines in all-wheel-drive models. The XC70 was otherwise unchanged, so you may find similarly equipped 2015 XC70 models with front-wheel drive at a lower price.

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Which Used Volvo XC70 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 XC70 comes in three trims: T5, T5 Premier, and T5 Platinum. The base XC70 T5 trim has a 7-inch infotainment screen, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, satellite radio, cruise control, heated front seats, and low-speed auto emergency braking. With its well-rounded selection of amenities, this trim level is a good choice if you want to keep your purchase price low. If you want a higher level of luxury, though, we recommend the midlevel XC70 T5 Premier. This trim adds navigation, leather upholstery, and a moonroof. The top-of-the-line XC70 T5 Platinum trim comes with a Harman Kardon sound system, adaptive headlights, blind spot monitoring, and both the Proximity package (rearview camera, power tailgate, and proximity keyless entry) and Technology package (suite of active safety features).

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How Safe Is the XC70?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety published crash test results for the 2016 Volvo XC70, which is normal for some luxury vehicles.

The XC70 has a long list of advanced safety features. All XC70 wagons come with Volvo’s City Safety system, which can automatically apply the brakes in an emergency (at speeds of 31 mph or below). Available safety features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive headlights, blind spot monitoring, and a Technology package that includes forward collision warning, full-speed automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane departure warning, a driver drowsiness monitor, and road-sign detection.

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2016 Volvo XC70 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Volvo XC70 or 2016 Subaru Outback?

We named the Subaru Outback our 2016 Best Wagon for Families. Both the Outback and the XC70 have more than 70 cubic feet of cargo space, and each offers advanced safety features like blind spot monitoring. The Volvo has a more luxurious interior, but the Subaru offers a far roomier back seat, higher reliability, better all-wheel-drive fuel economy, and typically much lower used car prices. It’s the better buy.

Which Is Better: 2016 Volvo XC70 or 2016 Volvo V60?

The 2016 Volvo V60 wagon and the larger XC70 both have muscular engines, upscale interiors, and a similar suite of advanced safety features. However, neither is a top pick in this class. The XC70 can carry more with its extra 28 cubic feet of cargo space. That said, the V60 has sharper handling, better fuel economy (up to 25/37 mpg city/highway), and typically much lower used car prices.

Which Is Better: 2016 Volvo XC70 or 2016 Volvo XC60?

The 2016 Volvo XC60 crossover SUV improves on the XC70’s formula. Both vehicles impress with luxe cabins, comfortable seats, a smooth ride, and similarly spacious cargo areas. However, the XC60 yields better handling and a more commanding view of the road. Used XC60 models are often slightly more affordable as well.

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2016 XC70 Performance

How Does the 2016 Volvo XC70 Drive?

The 2016 Volvo XC70 is available with two turbocharged engines. A 240-horsepower four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission are standard in front-wheel-drive models. All-wheel-drive models have a 250-horsepower five-cylinder and a six-speed automatic. Both engines enable brisk acceleration and plenty of passing power.

The Volvo’s soft suspension provides a smooth and controlled ride. It nicely soaks up bumps and dips in the road, making the XC70 a comfortable highway cruiser. However, it feels clumsy and ponderous when rounding tight corners, and its steering offers minimal feedback.

Does the 2016 Volvo XC70 Get Good Gas Mileage?

Out of the XC70’s engine options, its base four-cylinder engine delivers the best fuel economy, with an EPA rating of 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. That’s close to the class average. Fuel efficiency drops to 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway with the five-cylinder engine, which is quite thirsty for a used wagon.

2016 Volvo XC70 Towing Capacity

The XC70 is rated to tow up to 3,300 pounds when properly equipped.

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2016 XC70 Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 XC70 Seat?

The 2016 Volvo XC70 wagon seats five. Its front seats are supple and provide excellent comfort over longer trips. The rear seats are plush and supportive, but rear legroom is slim for taller passengers. Heated front seats are standard; leather upholstery, heated rear seats, and a fold-flat front passenger seat are available.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Volvo XC70?

The XC70 has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats.

2016 Volvo XC70 Features

The Volvo XC70 has an elegant and hushed cabin made with quality materials. All models have a 7-inch infotainment screen and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Available features include navigation and two rear-seat DVD screens. The XC70’s minimalistic dashboard has simple climate controls and an attractive layout, but the infotainment control knob is awkwardly located on the dashboard rather than the center console.

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2016 Volvo XC70 Dimensions

Volvo XC70 Cargo Space

The XC70 has 33.3 cubic feet of cargo space, which expands to a vast 72.1 cubic feet with the 40/20/40-split rear seats folded.

Volvo XC70 Length and Weight

The XC70 spans 15.9 feet from bumper to bumper. Its curb weight varies from 4,012 to 4,188 pounds, depending on the vehicle’s configuration. Maximum gross weight is 5,291 pounds. 

Where Was the 2016 Volvo XC70 Built?

The 2016 XC70 was built in Torslanda, Sweden, alongside the Volvo S60, Volvo S80, Volvo V60, Volvo V70, and Volvo XC90.


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