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2016 Volvo XC70 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Volvo XC70 was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.5

The 2016 Volvo XC70 has an upscale, stylish interior with first-rate materials, excellent build quality and user-friendly controls, according to critics. The XC70 also has one of the largest cargo areas in the class. Its front seats are exceptionally comfortable, test drivers report, though some say its rear seats could use more legroom.

  • "The 5-passenger Volvo XC70 wagon for 2016 can pass as a luxury car with its plush leather seating and walnut inlays." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Inside, the 2016 Volvo XC70 sports an elegant look. The floating center stack adds a distinctive touch you won't find on competitive models." -- Edmunds
  • "Tasteful materials are padded and/or nicely grained throughout the interior. Assembly quality is first rate." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Seating

The Volvo XC70 seats five and comes with fabric upholstery and power-adjustable, heated front seats. Available features include leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats and two integrated child booster seats.

The Volvo XC70's front seats are among the most comfortable on the market, according to test drivers. However, opinion about the rear seats is mixed. Some critics say they are roomy, but others say legroom becomes uncomfortably tight when the front seats slide back. Auto writers note that the integrated child booster seats are a useful feature that you're not likely to find in most other cars.

  • "As is the norm throughout the Volvo lineup, the XC70's front seats are remarkably comfortable and supportive. The rear seats are nearly as good, though tall passengers will likely wish for a bit more legroom." -- Edmunds
  • "The driving position is good and the driver's seat itself is way above par with excellent outward visibility. Rear-seat room is spacious and the seats fold in 40/20/40 split." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Upholding the comfort end of the equation is a coddling cabin complete with some of the most comfortable seats ever fitted to an automobile." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • Decent space for two adults, but three abreast seating is best reserved for quick trips. Under-seat foot space is tight, compromising comfort when the front seats are too far back. The available child-booster seats are a welcome convenience rarely found on vehicles of any stripe." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 XC70 include dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, an eight-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a USB input, City Safety, which automatically applies the brakes at low speeds to help prevent a collision and Volvo’s Sensus Connect infotainment system, which offers a 7-inch display, smartphone app integration and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Available features include a moonroof, navigation, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system, proximity key, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, driver alertness monitoring, forward collision warning with full-speed auto brake and pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring and Volvo’s Road Sign Information system, which can scan road signs and provide a visual alert when you’re exceeding the speed limit.

Most test drivers report that the controls on the XC70's dashboard are easy to use, especially the climate control buttons, which are arranged in the shape of a seated person.

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  • "For the most part, the gauges are easy to read and controls operate intuitively." -- Edmunds
  • "Buttons and gauges are sleek and mostly easy to identify and use, none more so than the human-shaped climate controls - press the 'head' to direct ventilation that way, for example." -- Kelley Blue Book

Cargo

The 2016 Volvo XC70 has 33.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and 72.1 cubic feet of cargo space with its rear seats folded, which is more than most wagons. A 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat is standard. A fold-flat passenger seat and power liftgate are optional.

Critics love the XC70’s large cargo area and numerous seat configurations, which give you the flexibility to carry a mix of passengers and longer cargo. Test drivers also appreciate the under-floor storage bins in the cargo area, though they note that the other storage compartments around the cabin accommodate only small items.

  • "… the backseat's 40/20/40-split-folding design along with the available folding front passenger seat gives the interior an uncommon degree of flexibility in transporting passengers, cargo or some combination of the two." -- Edmunds
  • "One of the main reason buyers opt for a wagon over a sedan is the additional cargo space, and the XC70 wagon for 2016 provides a vast 72.1 cubic feet with the rear seats folded." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "… those looking to haul copious amounts of cargo will appreciate the capacious trunk area: 33.3 cubic feet are available with the rear seats upright. …" -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • Large, boxy, nicely finished cargo area features flat-folding 2nd-row seats and handy under-floor storage. A storage-lid prop and cargo tie-down points are nice touches. In-cabin storage is limited to an average-size glovebox and center console, as well as a few tiny cubbies." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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