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2010 Volvo V70 Overview

The 2010 Volvo V70 is a study in mediocrity. Essentially unchanged since a major redesign in 2008, this five-door, five-passenger wagon is designed as an alternative for those who wish to avoid the expense and often unwieldy bulk of a small SUV or crossover. Both V70 trims, the base 3.2 and 3.2 R-Design are offered only in the front-wheel-drive (FWD) configuration, a distinct disadvantage in northern climes, despite claims that winter tires compensate for the lack of power to all four wheels. Comfortable seats, a well-designed interior, and plenty of passenger and cargo room may overcome tepid performance and handling, plain styling, and over-priced options packages, as well as reliability issues, but when considering a family-oriented wagon, the Audi A4 Avant, BMW 328i xDrive, and Saab 9-3 SportCombi are each worth a look.

The only powertrain available for the 2010 V70 is a 235-hp, 3.2-liter inline six-cylinder (I6) engine that’s managed by a six-speed auto-manual transmission. This combo puts out 263 lb-ft of torque, good enough to pull 3,300 pounds of trailer when the available hitch and wiring are purchased. EPA estimated mileage for this less-than-impressive I6 is 18/27 mpg.

Featuring 16-inch alloy wheels on the 3.2 trim and 18-inch alloys on the 3.2 R-Design, the 2010 V70 also sports standard roof racks, and the 3.2 R-Design boasts a rear roof spoiler. Kudos go out to the V70 for its thoughtful cabin layout and passenger comfort features. The 3.2 trim level offers standard front bucket seats with a power-adjustable driver’s seat and memory function, telescoping tilt-wheel steering, power windows, door locks, and heated mirrors, air conditioning, cruise control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, Bluetooth hands-free communications technology, and a 160-watt, MP3-capable single-CD player with eight speakers and a USB/iPod interface. The 3.2 R-Design adds a standard power-adjustable front passenger seat, universal remote garage door opener, leather upholstery, a power sunroof, genuine wood trim accents, and sport pedals.

Options for the V70 3.2 include a number of packages with heated seats, universal remote, power sunroof, and leather upholstery. Options available for both the 3.2 and 3.2 R-Design trims include a portable navigation device, dual-monitor rear-seat DVD entertainment, a power liftgate, satellite radio, and a 750-watt Dynaudio premium sound system with 12 speakers.

Volvo’s reputation rests on its strong safety record, and the 2010 V70 is no exception. Each trim offers standard four-wheel ABS, traction and stability control, dual front side-mounted airbags, front and rear head airbags, active front headrests, daytime running lights, and a remote anti-theft alarm system. Optional safety equipment includes a blind spot warning system, front and rear parking assist sensors, a rearview camera, and HID headlamps with active bending lights.

Owners of the 2009 Volvo V70 mention passenger and cargo room and seat comfort above all else in their praise of this Euro-styled wagon. Issues, however, raise their ugly heads with complaints of tepid acceleration and gas mileage with the I6 powerplant, while reliability and repair expense also cause concern, especially after the first 90,000 miles. A few owners also have problems with the available navigation system, claiming it has a poor user interface and indistinct tracking properties. Though some owners also complain about lackluster handling, others consider the V70 to provide a far more pleasant, even entertaining, driving experience than anticipated. A tight turning radius, laid-back styling, and, of course, a plethora of standard safety features, not to mention general build quality, also draw rave reviews from owners of the V70 wagon.


Have Laptop. Will Travel. I'm retired and travelling the country in a 34' motor home. I'm really digging meeting people . . and sometimes their cars . . . getting a sense of what makes this nation tick. The plan is to visit all the national parks in the continental US, then cruise to Alaska to visit Denali, and to Hawaii to check out Haleakala and the Hawaii Volcano's national parks. Anyhow, when I'm not horsing the motor home around the roadways, I'm tooting around in the 2012 Ford Focus that we tow behind, or making runs to Home Depot and various malls with the 2004 F-150 that just won't die.

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