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2009 Volvo XC70 Review

The 2009 Volvo XC70 has two available six-cylinder engines, neither of which gets very good fuel economy. However, the XC70 has good cargo space for the class.

Pros & Cons

  • Large cargo space behind the second row
  • A lot of available preventative safety features
  • Low fuel economy compared to rivals

Rankings & Research

The 2009 Volvo XC70's #5 ranking is based on its score within the 2009 Wagons category. Currently the Volvo XC70 has a score of 8.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 48 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 8.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2009 Volvo XC70 Overview

The 2009 Volvo XC70 has a standard six-cylinder engine that is paired with an automatic transmission. A turbocharged six-cylinder is available on the T6 trim, which is mated to the same automatic transmission. Both engines get an EPA-estimated 18 mpg city/highway combined, which is low for the class. Test drivers said the passing power of the base engine is adequate and the automatic transmission shifts smoothly. Not many test drivers commented on the turbocharged six-cylinder engine, but some said it feels more powerful than the base engine and is more fun to drive. The XC70 has standard all-wheel drive that test drivers said handles unpaved roads and trails well.

Reviewers liked the functional design and quality of materials used in the interior of the 2009 Volvo XC70. However, they said the back seats are tight for three adults. The front seats are supportive, according to reviewers. The cargo space is toward the high end of the class, with 33.3 cubic feet of space behind the second row and 72.1 cubic feet with the back seats down. Standard features on the 2009 XC70 include dual-zone climate control, a power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory and lumbar support, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker sound system. Optional equipment when it was new includes a rear-seat entertainment system, navigation, satellite radio, heated front and rear seats, child seat attachment, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning.


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Other Cars to Consider

The all-wheel drive 2009 Audi A6 Avant has similar cargo space to the XC70. Plus, it has a high safety score for the class.

Check out the all-wheel drive 2009 BMW 5-Series Sports Wagon for comfortable seating for five. Test drivers liked the athletic handling and powerful six-cylinder engine.

Compare the XC70 to the A6 Avant and 5-Series Wagon »


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