2008 Volvo XC70

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2008 Volvo XC70 Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Volvo XC70 was new.

The redesigned XC70 station wagon's light off-roading capabilities make it a practical alternative to an SUV, but the engine is somewhat underpowered for the vehicle's weight. However, the XC70 also offers good handling, a Swedish Modern interior and state-of-the-art safety features.

Pros & Cons

  • Advanced safety features
  • Light off-roading capabilities, with electronic Hill Descent Control
  • Pleasant interior design
  • Spacious and well-organized cargo area
  • Engine barely adequate for the XC70's weight

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Volvo XC70 has a score of 8.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 45 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 8.4
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2008 Volvo XC70 Overview

There's a lot to like about the redesigned Volvo XC70 station wagon -- so much so that it was a finalist for Motor Trend's 2008 Car of the Year Award. Many reviewers say one of the XC70's most likeable features is its off-roading capability, described as an appealing alternative to an SUV. The wagon also boasts supportive seats that are more than adequate for lengthy trips. And not surprisingly, given Volvo's reputation, the XC70 gets strong reviews for its safety features.

However, our analysis also shows the 2008 Volvo XC70's engine is merely adequate, especially with the wagon's increased curb weight, and the XC70 falls in the middle of the pack when compared to both luxury wagons and other luxury crossover SUVs. If you're interested in a luxury wagon, don't rule out the strong performance of a BMW 3-Series 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." -- Road and Track
  • "It's still a smart way to carry five people and their effects without the typical aftereffects: poor gas mileage, poor visibility, and poor standing among the greens." -- The Car Connection
  • "It has the Swedish Modern design and high degree of refinement and comfort expected from a Volvo, SUV-like interior configurability and poor-road capability, and the full complement of Volvo safety technology, both passive and active." -- The Auto Channel
  • "For 2008, the XC70 has been redesigned, although many observers will be hard-pressed to notice. Volvo never does things by leaps and bounds, preferring turtle-like increments. You'd have to park one next to its predecessor to pick out the differences." -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • "Basically, these cars never beg to be flogged. You won't have to leave early to get the kids to soccer practice, but neither will you be tempted to take the long, twisty road home." -- Motor Trend

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