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2012 Volvo XC70 Review

Though it has remarkably supportive front seats and a large cargo area, critics noted that the 2012 Volvo XC70 lacks the agility of many competing wagons.

Pros & Cons

  • Exceptionally comfortable front seats
  • Vast cargo space
  • Less agile than other wagons
  • Some confusing interior controls
  • Rear seats short on legroom

Rankings & Research

The 2012 Volvo XC70's #9 ranking is based on its score within the 2012 Wagons category. Currently the Volvo XC70 has a score of 7.6 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 65 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2012 Volvo XC70 Overview

Some reviewers wrote that the 2012 XC70’s standard six-cylinder engine is adequate for driving around town and for highway passing and merging, but others thought it provides lackluster acceleration. They recommended choosing the available turbocharged six-cylinder engine because it noticeably livens the XC70’s acceleration. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and automotive journalists appreciated it fast, smooth gear changes. The XC70 comes standard with front-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive is available. According to the EPA, the six-cylinder 2012 Volvo XC70 gets 19/25 mpg city/highway, which is similar to what rivals like the 2012 BMW 328i Sport Wagon and Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon get. Reviewers agreed that the XC70 isn’t as athletic as rival wagons, noting that it leans while cornering and its steering doesn’t provide much feedback. However, test drivers said that the XC70 has a quiet, comfortable ride.

Critics were impressed with the 2012 Volvo XC70’s eye-catching interior design, and wrote that the cabin is well-assembled with quality materials. They said the XC70’s roomy, ergonomically designed front seats are among the most supportive and comfortable in the class, but some reviewers added that rear-seat passengers could use more legroom. At 72.1 cubic feet, the Volvo XC70’s maximum cargo capacity is impressive for the class. The 2012 Volvo XC70 comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio and Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system with a 7-inch display. Also standard is Volvo’s City Safety system, which can detect impending low-speed crashes and automatically apply the brakes. Available features include blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, a driver drowsiness detector and lane departure warning. Reviewers said the XC70’s interior controls include many small buttons that can be difficult to find quickly.

Other Wagons to Consider

Critics said the 2012 BMW 3-Series Sport Wagon offers exceptional handling and a smooth-revving six-cylinder engine. They also enjoyed its premium interior styling and roomy, supportive front seats.

The 2012 Subaru Outback has a cavernous cargo area, and reviewers appreciated its spacious back seat. The Outback is also one of the few wagons in the class with standard all-wheel drive, and critics said it has composed handling.

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