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Volvo V70
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Production 1998-present
Class Full Size
Body Style 4-Door Station Wagon
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Designer under Steve Mattin

The Volvo V70 is a full-size station wagon. There have been two generations of the car: 1998-2000 and 2000-present. Stylised 4x4 versions of the V70 have been sold as the XC trim line and as the XC70 model.

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Background

The original V70 was a development of the Volvo 850 station wagon and sedan series. The new name reflected Volvo's new strategy of naming vehicles depending on size and body style. Thus, the 850 was deemed to be a relative size 70. The name is then appended with the type of vehicle. So the station wagon adopted V (for Vagon, or Wagon--In Sweden, they pronounce their W's like V's), S (for Sedan) and C (for the new Coupé and Convertible). These cars are retrospectively known as V or S 70 Classic.

There were some minor improvements in the design from the original 850, including better handling and an uprated specification, but otherwise this was the same car. As already mentioned, Volvo introduced the Coupé and Convertible ranges as the Volvo C70. The convertible outlasted the original car and remained on sale until 2005. In 2000 (2001 for North America), Volvo released the all new V70 (together with S60 sedan variant) based on the new P2 platform that had already been employed as the Volvo S80 sedan in 1998.

This new car dispensed with the boxy shape of Volvos before it to take on a curvy profile with a new aggressive front end. The 2001-2006 Volvo XC70 is very popular in New England.

Technical

The V70 is available as front or all-wheel drive (AWD) with manual, automatic or Geartronic gearboxes. As before, there is a AWD only variant with raised suspension, plastic body cladding and an interior grab handle. This version was known as V70 XC (Cross Country) for the older cars, but was renamed XC70 for the new models.
Also following on from the previous generation was the use of 5 cylinder, 20 valve inline transversly mounted engines. All but the bottom range 2.4 employ turbochargers with either low or high pressure depending on the model. The most powerful vehicle in the regular range is the T5 (popular with UK police forces) with 260 bhp but there is a super quick V70R offering 300 bhp for the demanding driver. The V70R also comes with Volvo's 4C multi-mode suspension, developed in conjunction with Öhlins, to allow the driver to vary the cars handling depending on driving style and conditions.

Comfort

Comfort is a major consideration on the V70. The seats are orthopedic design to provide maximum support and comfort (although the RHD driving position is slightly offset). Dual-zone climate control is found on most models. High end audio equipment with Dolby pro logic and sub-woofers are available too.
Leather seats are standard on most models, with some gaining extra soft luxury leather too.
Recent models are available with genuine wood trim in place of the tacky fake plastic wood used in the past. Years 1998 through 2000 models featured real burled walnut trim as standard equipment.
The front seats are very comfortable, in the 2001-6 but the rear seats are tight, some people think that the stereo controls are hard to use. Most new models have a unique grocery holder in the back.

Safety

Volvo V70 undergoing EuroNCAP front impact testing in late 2007.[1]
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Volvo V70 undergoing EuroNCAP front impact testing in late 2007.[1]

As standard, the vehicle is equipped with driver, passenger, side and curtain airbags. Also featured is the WHIPS whiplash prevention system on the front seats. The S60 (sedan version) scored 4 stars in the EuroNCAP safety testing, gaining particular praise in the side-impact tests.
Later cars have the option of the BLISS blind-spot sensor system, that can detect vehicles otherwise hidden from view of the driver due to being just off to one side of the car.
As is typical for Volvos, the headlamps are designed to be on continuously to provide additional visibility.
Latest revision of the V70 includes DSTC (standard on all models) - Dynamic Stability and Traction control, that combines the functions otherwise known as Electronic Stability Protection and traction control.

Reliability

  • RECALL ALERT:On November 23, 2007, Volvo issued a recall affecting 38,000 Europe-market diesel cars including the S60, V70, XC70 and XC90 models made in 2006 due to a fuel injector plants material fault that could cause the motor to catch fire. The vehicle is also involved in another recall involving 18,000 units along with its XC70 sibling. This time relating to an airbag problem in the side of the car. Affected in this second recall are cars sold in Sweden, Britain and the United States for M.Y. 2006.[2]


  • RECALL ALERT: On April 28, 2008, Volvo issued a recall affecting about 65,000 2008 M.Y. Volvo V70 and XC70s. The reason lies with a a software problem that delays that triggering of the side-impact air-bags. Only European market vehicles are affected. US and Canada units are clear out of the woods.[3]


  • RECALL ALERT:On December 22 2009, Volvo issued a recall affecting 136100 MY 2001 - 2005 S60, S80, V70, XC70, and XC90s operated in warm climates due to the possibility of crack developing in the fuel pump's flange when exposed to hot temperatures (and thermal cycling) combined with varying fuel quality. A compromised flange may leak fuel and/or result in a fire. Owners are instructed to bring their vehicles into the dealer for inspection. If the part is defective, Volvo will replaced it with modified flange at no charge. The recall campaign is scheduled to begin in January 2010. The recall also includes 5,253 MY 2010 XC60s on a separate issue, still revolving around the fuel system in which a fuel line rail cover designed to protect the fuel lines on the XC60 may be improperly attached, thus exposing the lines to damage. The damaged pieces may leak, possibly resulting in a fire. Owners of the affected models are asked to bring their vehicles to the dealer for inspection and/or a repair at no charge. The recall campaign is scheduled to begin in January 2010. The first issue is filed under NHTSA Recall Campaign ID 09V483000 PE09039 while the second issue is filed under NHTSA Recall Campaign ID 09V477000. [4]

Criticism

This Volvo model range has drawn some criticism from fans of the Volvo marque due to the nature of Ford's involvement. Whether these are genuine Volvos or not is a matter of personal opinion. A major point of disagreement is whether this generation of cars has the same build quality of the earlier cars. Volvos of old were renowned for their durability, vehicles like the Volvo 240 series are still to be seen on the roads with 300,000 miles and more on the clock. The highest mileage recorded on a car belongs to a Volvo P1800 belonging to Irv Gordon - 2 million miles and counting. Some doubt that the modern generation Volvos are capable of such feats.
Many journalists and Volvo fans have also expressed disappointment that the interior space is not as large as it could be, although it is comparable to other luxury marques in the same class.

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All MSRP's are base prices only. The '98-'00 models are based upon the 850 chassis and the '00-'06 models are based upon the P2 chassis (pictured).

1998:

  • V70 Base ($28,285 MSRP)
    • 2.4 litre I5,
    • 168 hp (125 kW) @ 6,000 rpm
    • 166 lb-ft (225 N•m) @ 4,500 rpm
  • V70 GT ($30,840 MSRP): 2.4L I5, 168 hp (125 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 166 ft•lbf (225 N•m) at 4,500 rpm
  • V70 GLT ($33,740 MSRP): 2.4L I5, 190 hp (140 kW) at 5,100 rpm and 199 ft•lbf (270 N•m) from 1,800 to 5,000 rpm
  • V70 T5 ($35,310 MSRP): 2.3L I5, 236 hp (175 kW) at 5,100 rpm and 243 ft•lbf (330 N•m) from 2,700 to 5,100 rpm
  • V70 AWD ($34,420 MSRP): 2.4L I5, 190 hp (140 kW) at 5,100 rpm and 199 ft•lbf (270 N•m) from 1,800 to 5,000 rpm
  • V70 XC AWD ($35,995 MSRP): 2.4L I5, 190 hp (140 kW) at 5,100 rpm and 199 ft•lbf (270 N•m) from 1,800 to 5,000 rpm
  • V70 R AWD ($40,995 MSRP): 2.3L I5, 236 hp (175 kW) at 5,100 rpm and 243 ft•lbf (330 N•m) from 2,700 to 5,100 rpm

1999:

  • V70 Base ($28,685 MSRP): 2.4L I5, 168 hp (125 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 166 ft•lbf (225 N•m) at 4,500 rpm
  • V70 GLT ($32,940 MSRP): 2.4L I5, 190 hp (140 kW) at 5,100 rpm and 199 ft•lbf (270 N•m) from 1,800 to 5,000 rpm
  • V70 T5 ($34,510 MSRP): 2.3L I5, 236 hp (175 kW) at 5,100 rpm and 243 ft•lbf (330 N•m) from 2,700 to 5,100 rpm
  • V70 AWD ($34,820 MSRP): 2.4L I5, 190 hp (140 kW) at 5,100 rpm and 199 ft•lbf (270 N•m) from 1,800 to 5,000 rpm
  • V70 XC AWD ($35,995 MSRP): 2.4L I5, 190 hp (140 kW) at 5,100 rpm and 199 ft•lbf (270 N•m) from 1,800 to 5,000 rpm
  • V70 R AWD ($41,395 MSRP): 2.3L I5, 247 hp (195 kW) at 5,700 rpm and 229 ft•lbf (310 N•m) from 2,400 to 5,100 rpm

2000:

  • V70 Base ($28,800 MSRP): 2.4L I5, 168 hp (125 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 166 ft•lbf (225 N•m) at 4,500 rpm
  • V70 Special Edition ($30,000 MSRP): 2.4L I5, 168 hp (125 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 166 ft•lbf (225 N•m) at 4,500 rpm
  • V70 GLT ($33,000 MSRP): 2.4L I5, 190 hp (140 kW) at 5,100 rpm and 199 ft•lbf (270 N•m) from 1,600 to 5,000 rpm
  • V70 XC AWD ($36,100 MSRP): 2.4L I5, 190 hp (140 kW) at 5,100 rpm and 199 ft•lbf (270 N•m) from 1,600 to 5,000 rpm
  • V70 XC AWD Special Edition ($37,000 MSRP): 2.4L I5, 190 hp (140 kW) at 5,100 rpm and 199 ft•lbf (270 N•m) from 1,600 to 5,000 rpm
  • V70 R AWD ($41,500 MSRP): 2.3L I5, 261 hp (195 kW) at 5,700 rpm and 258 ft•lbf (350 N•m) from 2,400 to 5,100 rpm
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2001:

  • V70 2.4 ($29,450 MSRP): 2.4L I5, 168 hp (125 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 166 ft•lbf (225 N•m) at 4,500 rpm
  • V70 2.4T ($32,450 MSRP): 2.4L I5, 197 hp (145 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 210 ft•lbf (290 N•m) from 1,800 to 5,000 rpm
  • V70 XC ($34,950 MSRP): 2.4L I5, 197 hp (145 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 210 ft•lbf (290 N•m) from 1,800 to 5,000 rpm
  • V70 T5 ($34,250 MSRP): 2.3L I5, 257 hp (190 kW) at 5,500 rpm and 243 ft•lbf (330 N•m) from 2,400 to 5,200 rpm

2002:

  • V70 2.4 ($30,025 MSRP): 2.4L I5, 168 hp (125 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 166 ft•lbf (225 N•m) at 4,500 rpm
  • V70 2.4T ($34,225 MSRP): 2.4L I5, 197 hp (145 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 210 ft•lbf (290 N•m) from 1,800 to 5,000 rpm
  • V70 AWD ($35,975 MSRP): 2.5L I5, 208 hp (155 kW) at 5,000 rpm and 236 ft•lbf (320 N•m) from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm
  • V70 T5 ($36,425 MSRP): 2.3L I5, 257 hp (190 kW) at 5,500 rpm and 243 ft•lbf (330 N•m) from 2,400 to 5,200 rpm

2003:

  • V70 2.4 ($27,870 MSRP): 2.4L I5, 168 hp (125 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 166 ft•lbf (225 N•m) at 4,500 rpm
  • V70 2.4T ($30,870 MSRP): 2.4L I5, 197 hp (145 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 210 ft•lbf (290 N•m) from 1,800 to 5,000 rpm
  • V70 AWD ($32,620 MSRP): 2.5L I5, 208 hp (155 kW) at 5,000 rpm and 236 ft•lbf (320 N•m) from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm
  • V70 XC ($33,870 MSRP): 2.5L I5, 208 hp (155 kW) at 5,000 rpm and 236 ft•lbf (320 N•m) from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm
  • V70 T5 ($33,870 MSRP): 2.3L I5, 257 hp (190 kW) at 5,500 rpm and 243 ft•lbf (330 N•m) from 2,400 to 5,200 rpm

2004:

  • V70 2.4 ($28,460 MSRP): 2.4L I5, 168 hp (125 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 166 ft•lbf (225 N•m) at 4,500 rpm
  • V70 2.5T ($31,785 MSRP): 2.5L I5, 208 hp (155 kW) at 5,000 rpm and 236 ft•lbf (320 N•m) from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm
  • V70 2.5T AWD ($33,560 MSRP): 2.5L I5, 208 hp (155 kW) at 5,000 rpm and 236 ft•lbf (320 N•m) from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm
  • V70 XC ($34,810 MSRP): 2.5L I5, 208 hp (155 kW) at 5,000 rpm and 236 ft•lbf (320 N•m) from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm
  • V70 T5 ($34,810 MSRP): 2.4L I5, 257 hp (190 kW) at 5,500 rpm and 258 ft•lbf (350 N•m) from 2,400 to 5,000 rpm
  • V70 R ($38,750 MSRP): 2.5L I5, 300 hp (225 kW) at 5,500 rpm and 295 ft•lbf (400 N•m) from 1,950 to 5,250 rpm

2005:

  • V70 2.4 ($29,130 MSRP): 2.4L I5, 168 hp (125 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 166 ft•lbf (225 N•m) at 4,500 rpm
  • V70 2.5T ($32,525 MSRP): 2.5L I5, 208 hp (155 kW) at 5,000 rpm and 236 ft•lbf (320 N•m) from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm
  • V70 XC ($35,385 MSRP): 2.5L I5, 208 hp (155 kW) at 5,000 rpm and 236 ft•lbf (320 N•m) from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm
  • V70 T5 ($36,480 MSRP): 2.4L I5, 257 hp (190 kW) at 5,500 rpm and 258 ft•lbf (350 N•m) from 2,100 to 5,000 rpm
  • V70 R ($39,225 MSRP): 2.5L I5, 300 hp (225 kW) at 5,500 rpm and 295 ft•lbf (400 N•m) from 1,950 to 5,250 rpm

2006:

  • V70 2.4 ($29,805 MSRP): 2.4L I5, 168 hp (125 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 166 ft•lbf (225 N•m) at 4,500 rpm
  • V70 2.5T ($33,165 MSRP): 2.5L I5, 208 hp (155 kW) at 5,000 rpm and 236 ft•lbf (325 N•m) from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm
  • V70 XC ($36,135 MSRP): 2.5L I5, 208 hp (155 kW) at 5,000 rpm and 236 ft•lbf (320 N•m) from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm
  • V70 R ($40,030 MSRP): 2.5L I5, 300 hp (225 kW) at 5,500 rpm and 295 ft•lbf (400 N•m) from 1,950 to 5,250 rpm

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