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2013 Volvo XC70 Review

The 2013 Volvo XC70 has an enormous cargo area for its class, but critics noted that other wagons have sharper handling and better fuel economy.

Pros & Cons

  • Huge cargo space
  • Base model has unimpressive acceleration
  • Less nimble than rival wagons
  • Low fuel economy

Rankings & Research

The 2013 Volvo XC70 ranking is based on its score within the 2013 Wagons category. Currently the Volvo XC70 has a score of 7.0 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 69 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.0

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 7.0
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2013 Volvo XC70 Overview

The base 2013 Volvo XC70 3.2 comes with a six-cylinder engine. Some reviewers said the XC70 3.2 has sufficient acceleration, while others noted that it is slow on the freeway. Most preferred the noticeably more-powerful T6 model, which has a turbocharged six-cylinder engine. Front-wheel drive is standard on the XC70 3.2. All-wheel drive is available on the 3.2 and standard on the T6. Both models come with a six-speed automatic transmission, and test drivers were impressed by its fast, smooth gear changes. According to the EPA, the 2013 Volvo XC70 gets up to 19/25 mpg city/highway, which is low for this class. The XC70’s ride is comfortable, wrote critics, but its handling is soft compared to rival wagons because its body leans during cornering and its steering is somewhat numb.

Automotive journalists noted that the 2013 Volvo XC70’s interior offers contemporary styling and top-quality materials. They added that the XC70’s front seats are exceptionally comfortable, but its rear seats could use more foot- and legroom. The 2013 XC70’s 72.1-cubic-foot cargo area is one of the largest in the class. Standard features in the 2013 Volvo XC70 include Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system and City Safety, which is a low-speed collision prevention system. Critics appreciated the XC70’s long list of available safety features, which include lane departure warning, forward collision warning (with automatic braking) and integrated child booster seats that reviewers agreed are quite handy.

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Other Wagons to Consider

Like the Volvo XC70, the 2013 Subaru Outback has a very large cargo area for the class, and it comes standard with all-wheel drive. Test drivers agreed that the Outback’s front and rear seats are comfortable for 6-footers. Subaru’s available EyeSight system offers advanced safety features like pre-collision braking and lane departure warning.

The 2013 Audi Allroad gets better fuel economy than the XC70, and critics agreed it has strong acceleration and balanced handling. Automotive experts said that the Allroad features a beautifully crafted cabin and a clever available navigation system with Google satellite imagery.

Compare the XC70, Outback and Allroad »

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