The V in V70 stands for versatility, a quality that definitely stands out in this not-your-average wagon. Families and singles alike relish the safety, comfort, and utility of this vehicle. Its standard features make an impressive list for discerning drivers.
As the basic trim in this model, the V70 2.4 still includes as standard equipment such features as ABS, traction control, daytime running lights, manual dual-zone (front) air conditioning, driver and front passenger air bags (front and side-curtain), and CD player.
The 2.4 scores high marks for comfort, especially when it's equipped with the optional leather seats, which are available in a Premium Package that also includes electronic dual-zone climate control (an upgrade over the manual dual-zone climate control, which comes as standard), an 8-way power-adjustable driver seat with memory, genuine walnut inlays, and a power moonroof.
The car is already good-looking, but those touches make it all the more handsome. The navigation system is not available on the 2.4.
The 2.4-liter engine delivers acceptable fuel economy. Look to get between 20 and 22 miles to the gallon in town and 26 to 29 on the open road.
Cargo space is better than average, but three adults or teens might find the backseat a bit tight. As always, Volvo recommends the use of 93 octane gasoline, so be prepared at the pump. It's worth it, though, because this car is a keeper and you want it to run its best.
The list of complaints is so far small, but one gripe is that the backseat headrests can obstruct the rear view. Still, this seems like a relatively easy thing to get used to, especially considering the safety role that the devices play for those passengers.