The 2015 Volvo XC70 is a stylish and practical wagon. While most automakers have ditched the wagon for crossovers, Volvo decided to maintain its wagon line with the production of the eight generation XC70. A major improvement in the front wheel drive has to be its fuel efficiency.
The XC70 has a roomy cabin. The front and back seats have ample head and leg room. It seats a six-foot adult comfortably on both the front and back seats. The seats are firm and supportive good for long trips. The interior is of high quality material and has a neat and crisp finish.
The dash is a classic Volvo statement with a practical layout and neatly arranged button and knobs. With the back seat folded down the XC70 has a cargo are of more than 70 cubic feet.
The 2015 XC70 exudes a bold interior. The body is conservative, but it has a sporty touch to it. Even though it is a family wagon the high ground clearance matches that of some SUVs and crossovers. This is good as it can take on some rough terrain with ease.
The XC70 comes in to variants: the front wheel drive and the all-wheel drive. Under the hood the front wheel drive has a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This engine is good for 240 hp and 258 lb-ft. The all-wheel drive variant has an option of two engines: a 3.2-liter engine and a turbocharged 3.0-liter engine. The former is good for 240 hp while the latter produces 300 hp.
The front wheel variant has improved on its fuel efficiency. It has a combined EPA rating of 27 mpg – 24 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. The all-wheel variants on the other hand are not so fuel efficient. The 3.2-liter engine equipped all-wheel XC70 has a combined EPA rating of 21 mpg while the turbocharged 3.0 rates at 20 mpg combined.
The XC70 is equipped with the latest collision avoidance systems and safety features. Its standard safety package includes radar adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, a driver fatigue alert system, pedestrian detection and collision warning.
The base 2015 Volvo XC70 is expected to retail at slightly over $35,000. The price of the upper trims will pick from there depending on the features and packages installed. The highest trim will cost about $40,000.
If you are looking for a quality family wagon that performs, is practical and safe then the XC70 is a good choice. This is a vehicle that provides great comfort and performance. Its a value for your money!